Stain from dripping shower

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  1. david radley

    david radley Member

    Hi,

    The shower has been dripping in a unoccupied property I look after for a couple of weeks. It has left a stain on the shower tray as shown in the photos. Does anybody know the possible cause of the stain?
    Many thanks
     

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  2. xednim

    xednim Active Member

    mate, on the pictures I can't see shower tray at all
     
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  3. david radley

    david radley Member

    Sorry my mistake
     

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  4. xednim

    xednim Active Member

    oxidized copper
     
  5. david radley

    david radley Member

    Why is it doing it? How do I stop it? Will
    It clean off? Thanks for your help
     
  6. xednim

    xednim Active Member

    comes from your pipes (normal if not in use or if someone has overdosed soldering flux on the pipes ;) )
    possibly it comes from one of the shower joints- it might be mixer/shower outlet etc. you need to look for the drop stain on your chromes and you will find which connection is not tight- just re-seal it and problem solved
    cleaning off- hmm, if stain didn't penetrate too deeply you can try with soldering flux or brasso, but fist make a test on less visible edge of the tray if doesn't make any damage to it
     
  7. david radley

    david radley Member

    Thanks for your reply
     
  8. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    Buy some cheap cleaning vinegar, apply a bit of it with a sponge, leave for an hour or so, and wipe off. It may need several repeats of this, but it WILL come off eventually without any damage to the chrome parts or the shower tray.
     
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  9. b4xtr

    b4xtr Active Member

    Would that work on a rust stain ceramic tiles too ?
     
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  10. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Well-Known Member

    If the tiles are even half decent, they won't be stained behind the glaze. The rust is most likely set in the limescale film that has grown onto the surface of the tiles. Get rid of the limescale with the vinegar and you'll be getting rid of the rust with it. It will most likely work, but it might not ... but it can't so any harm. Anything that gets harmed by cleaning vinegar is not worth having in a house anyway. The only exception to that is oak. Vinegar will darken oak considerably.
     
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  11. b4xtr

    b4xtr Active Member

    Thanks for the reply Roger, sounds like my tiles are not half decent then :( don't think there will be limescale as we have softened water and her indoors is pretty good at cleaning
    The problem originated from a screw (not stainless) attaching the soap dish thing to the wall, screw now stainless :D
     
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  12. david radley

    david radley Member

    Thank you for replying
     

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