I love my mother dearly. Believe me, she's helped me through some tough times. So this Mother's Day, I didn't want to show up with the same old card or planter basket. I wanted to do something really special for her. Something unexpected. Something from the heart.
A friend from work suggested that I "surprise clean" her house. But my mom's already a pretty tidy person. What she could use though is help with rust stains. You see, my parents live out in the country. They're on a well, and have hard water. Her tub and toilets are stained with rust. But no matter how hard she scrubs, the rust remains. She's a bit of a clean freak, so it has always bothered her. But through the years, she's never quite figured out how to remove rust stains from the toilets and tubs.
I use Super Iron Out
at my own house. It removes rust stains not only from tubs and toilets, but also from water softeners, dishwashers and clothing. If I could return that sparkle to my mother's bathroom, she would remember this Mom's Day forever.
Dad played his part to perfection, taking Mom out for dinner. She hadn't a clue that I was about to lay siege to her bathroom. I had the house to myself.
I tackled the tubs first. I sprinkled a little Super Iron Out on a damp sponge and scrubbed the rust stains away. Half way done.
Truthfully, the toilets looked a little worse. I added half a cup to the bowl, scrubbed a bit, then let it stand. I used the time to vacuum Mom's house, just an added bonus. When I returned to the toilets, I scrubbed some more, then flushed. Mom's rust-stain problems washed down the drain.
The white sparkle had returned. Her bathrooms could once again be a source of pride. There's nothing quite so eye catching as truly clean porcelain. I left without a trace ... well, except the transformed tubs and toilets.
I no more than got home and my mother was on the phone. She couldn't believe it. Mom had been battling those rust stains for decades. Now they were gone. She called it a Mother's Day miracle.