How To Clean Rust

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How To Clean Rust

Corrosion is one of the leading causes of tools and hardware damage.

Metal items you often use and things you don’t use a lot can become corroded over time.

When that happens, you won’t be able to use them properly.

When rust coats your tools, they won’t look good.

Rust may prevent them from being effective as well.

It may also prevent your appliances and devices from working smoothly and silently.

In that case, you may need to buy a new product to replace your rusty items.

Additionally, you don’t need to immediately buy new tools and hardware if they get rusty.

You can clean and restore your rusty metal items by following these simple steps.

Continue reading to learn how to clean rust effectively.

How To Remove Rust From Painted Metal

You might think that since your metal table or chair is painted, it will no longer corrode.

Painting over metal surfaces can indeed preserve their condition.

However, once your paint chips and water penetrates through it, the metal underneath will rust.

Once corrosion begins, you may find it difficult to prevent it from spreading.

The paint will no longer be able to stop the rust from affecting adjacent parts.

If you notice that your painted metal products begin rusting, here’s what you need to do to clean them.

How To Use WD-40 To Clean Rust From Painted Metal

WD-40 is effective and safe to use on coated surfaces. It can loosen the bond between rust and the metal surface without causing any damage to the paint.

  1. Spray WD-40 to the rusty surface. Make sure that you coat everything with the product. Let the chemical soak the rust for about 10-20 minutes.
  2. Once the rust has loosened, dislodge the rust by scrubbing with a wire brush.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you completely remove the rust.
  4. Sand the area to eliminate any remaining rust.
  5. Spray another coating of WD-40 to prevent rusting. WD-40 is also an effective anti-rust primer to slow down the rusting of metal surfaces.

How To Remove Rust With Vinegar

There are various homemade alternatives if you don’t have WD-40 available in your house.

If you’re asking yourself what is the best homemade rust remover, the answer is distilled white vinegar.

White vinegar can effectively clean rust off painted metal surfaces without damaging the paint.

The acetic acid in vinegar can react with rust and dissolve it.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean rust from painted metal using vinegar.

  1. Put white vinegar in a spray container so you can easily apply it.
  2. Spray the vinegar onto the rusty areas. Let it sit for around 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the vinegar and rust off the surface.
  4. Wipe the surface dry to remove any moisture left.

If you need to remove rust from tools and small objects, you can follow this guide instead.

Here’s how to clean rusty tools with vinegar.

  1. Place undiluted white vinegar in a basin.
  2. Soak your tools in the solution. Make sure that it is entirely submerged to remove all its rust.
  3. Leave your tools covered in vinegar for more than 30 minutes. Soak them longer if there are hard-to-remove rust stains.
  4. Take your rusty tools out. You should be able to see a difference by now.
  5. Scrub the rust off using a medium-bristled brush. This will further eliminate stubborn rust and dirt on your tools.
  6. Rinse your tools with water and completely dry them out.

How To Clean Rust Off Iron With Baking Soda

Another homemade solution you can use to clean rusty tools is baking soda.

Pair it with lemon juice, and you’ll have a fool-proof homemade rust remover.

  1. Mix baking soda with lemon extracts until you create a thick paste. You can also use borax instead of baking soda.
  2. Apply the paste to the rusty iron surface. Make sure that you coat all the rusty parts to completely remove them.
  3. Leave the layer of baking soda paste for at least 30 minutes. For stubborn rust, let the paste sit longer.
  4. Scrub the rust away. Use a toothbrush or any brush to remove the rust.
  5. Rinse with a clean cloth and dry.

You can also use baking soda with a potato to create homemade rust cleaner.

Potatoes contain oxalic acid which can effectively remove rust and iron stains.

  1. Peel a potato or cut it in half to expose the potato.
  2. Add baking soda to the sliced or exposed portion.
  3. Rub the potato to the rusty surface. The oxalic acid in the potato and the baking soda works well to lift the rust away.
  4. Wipe the object with a clean cloth and then dry it.

Rust is a normal thing to happen to steel and iron.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should accept that fate.

Follow our rust-prevention measures to keep your metal items from rusting.

Regularly clean them as well to remove rust and grime build-up and avoid any damage.