Bore stains are characterised by their light brown appearance, usually on the sides of fences and buildings. It is a problem across Western Australia and not unique to your property.

What Causes These Stains?

WA is a region that’s rich in iron ore; the groundwater contains a heavy concentration of iron oxide, aka rust. Usually, irrigation bores will bring this mixture to the surface; once the water evaporates, you’re left with iron ore residue that solidifies over time.


If you are troubled by bore stains, we’ll discuss how you can effectively remove them in this article.

How Soon Should the Stains Be Cleaned?

In our experience, the longer you wait to remove the stains, the more challenging they can become. Iron oxide is known for bonding with surfaces, and if not removed early on, it will become part of them. Also, metal stains are tough to get rid of in general too.

When left to bake under the harsh WA sun, the stains can become near impossible to remove using over-the-counter cleaning products.

Can You DIY Clean Bore Water Stains? 

We don’t recommend using non-bio-safe cleaning solutions, owing to potential damage to the property and polluting the environment. Always hire a professional bore water stain removal company in Perth to handle the removal of bore stains.

What Is Used to Remove Bore Water Stains?

Bore water stain removal generally consists of using biodegradable iron oxide dissolving formulation on the affected area. The products are often spot tested, ensuring that they do an excellent job of cleaning the stains. We, as professionals, use cleaners that are safe and can be used across a myriad of materials from stainless steel to glass and concrete.

Bore Stain Removal in Perth

At the Pressure Cleaning Guys, we also use an industry-grade high-pressure cleaner to remove stubborn stains and residue. We remove stains from the following areas:

  • Walls
  • Brick paving
  • Concreted areas
  • Windows
  • Fencing
  • Driveways
  • Signage

Choosing us to remove stains from your brickwork, paving, concrete areas, and driveway is the best way to restore your property to its original condition.

How Can Bore Water Stains Be Prevented?

The best way to avoid having to deal with bore water stains is to invest in a non-toxic solution that neutralises and then filters the iron oxide from the water. A system like this will usually set you back around $3k and cost you a few hundred dollars a year to maintain.

If bore water stains plague you, it is essential to switch away from using bore water. Though it is going to be more expensive, and there are restrictions on reticulation times.

The other alternative is nanotech-enabled paints that create a barrier on wood, roofing, metal, and concrete. It will allow the water to bead off, limiting how much rust gets stuck on the surface.

Professional Bore Stain Removal 

At the Pressure Cleaning Guys, we provide professional bore water stain removal for homes and businesses. Contact us today for a free no-obligation quote.