How to Remove Rust from a Towel Warmer Rail

Towel warmers do a great job. Over winter months they will keep towels warm and dry. This way they prevent us from having to use cold towels. Even so, there is one deal breaker when it comes to a towel warmer. After a sometime towel warmers will easily catch rust and contribute the same to your towel. 

How Does a Towel Warmer Catch Rust?

This whole process is painfully simple. The heat generated by the electric bars warms up the towels placed on it. As this happens, these bars typically house rust in between and underneath. This is because beneath the bars the gravity has the moisture drip down – and this causes rust.

This is why it is usually advisable that people should only dry already half-dry towels or garments on the rails. Instead of putting completely damp towels across the rack. If you observe this simple principle you will give your towel warmer the longest lifespan by every way possible. 

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How to Clean Rust from Towel Warmer

So can the rust be cleaned off if it has already formed on the rail? Yes! Indeed most towel warmer rails are made out of chrome. With wear and tear and also constant use they will end up with rust.

The best thing to do is to prevent the rust from building by airing half dry towels. However, if the damage is already done here is a simple guide using homemade remedies that you could use to completely get rid of the rust. 

Gather all the Required Ingredients

There are a number of ingredients that you will need. In most cases the most effective ingredients will include.

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemons (1 or 2)
  • Tablespoon
  • Plastic container
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Bath mat
  • Old toothbrush
  • A Double-sided sponge
  • Pumice

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Step 1: Make Rust Remover Paste

You will have to make a paste that aids in removing the rust from the towel warmer bar. The paste is a DIY process.

  • Pour 5 generous tablespoons of baking soda into plastic container
  • Apply 3 cups full of vinegar.
  • Slice a lemon in two and squeeze each half into the mix
  • Stir the mixture with the tablespoon non-stop (60 seconds).

Step 2: Switch Power Off/ Remove Towel Warmer Rail

You will have to switch off the power to the towel warmer rail. This can be done through the main switch.

  • Switch of power through main switch board.
  • Switch off power through the socket.
  • Switch off power through the circuit breaker. 

Step 3: Wipe your Towel Warmer Rail

The cleaning agent and healing properties in your mixture will work gradually. They are mild and will not leave your rail with any damages.

  • Dip the softer side of your double-sided sponge into the mix
  • Gently wipe every beam on your towel warmer rail.

Step 4: Apply Paper Towels for Protection

Depending on how tall your heated ladder is you will have to apply paper towels after applying the solution for protection.  They are applied in order to prevent drips from settling on subsequent rails during cleaning. 

  • Let the pre-wipe solution (Step 3) rest for 5 minutes.
  • Apply around the towel warmer rail paper towels
  • Rest them securely on top of each rail
  • HOWEVER, leave the very top rail. No drip can fall on top it
  • Make sure each rail is wholly covered.
  • Close your bathroom window (only momentarily).
  • Let your solution and towels for sometime (30 minutes).

Step 5: Remove the Paper Towels and Scrub

After half an hour has elapsed remove the paper towels. This is enough time to allow the paper towels to absorb the solution from your towel warmer rail.

  • Remove the paper towels.
  • Dip the coarse side of the double-sided sponge into solution.
  • Leave it submerged for over 5 seconds – make sure it catches enough paste. 
  • Place your bath mat underfoot of the towel warmer rail.
  • Scrub each beam thoroughly.
  • Focus on specific clumps of rust individually
  • Follow this by scrubbing with the toothbrush – to separate resilient rust.
  • Take a 30 minute break and re-apply the solutions from (Step 2 to Step 4)
  • Repeat the same process (step 5) when here.

Step 6: Use Hot Water to Rinse and Last Scrub

You will definitely find some stubborn bits of rust. Use hot water post-scrub to do the final touch. Do this for each and every one of your towel warmer beams. Repeat the process one last time if necessary. 


​For your towel warmer to remain clean you can wipe it up and always keep it dry. You should also only hang onto it half dry towels.

For your towel warmer to remain clean you can wipe it up and always keep it dry. You should also only hang onto it half dry towels.
Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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