It is not a secret that metal tools and objects are prettier when they are shiny and look new. Unfortunately, some of them can easily look damaged by rust.
How to handle rust removal, and why it appears on the steel and metal objects?
This is because of the reaction between the iron with the water, and the oxygen.
Here are some genius ways of rust removing to keep our metal objects shinier for longer.
Previously in The Big Cleanup series:
Dish Soap With A Combination Of Salted Potato
Ok, dish soap- nothing weird, but salted potato? Sounds strange, isn’t it?
Potatoes contain oxalic acid, which is the magic ingredient. It is the main element in most cleaning products.
This cleaning method is pretty easy and cheap. All you need to do is to cut the potato on two, add a small amount of dish soap and sprinkle with salt, or for a better result- baking soda. It acts similar to abrasive products. Get the rusted object and start rusting it. You will be amazed at how the rust dissolves and the damaged area gets cleaner. Rinse with clear water and dry out.
Rust Removing With Baking Soda
The baking soda is simply magical. Not only because it makes our bakery fluffier and soft, but because it has a magical touch in the cleaning.
Here is how to use it to get rid of the rust on your steel and metal objects.
Simply mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Cover the rusted area and leave it for at least an hour. Use a wire brush or steel wool to polish, and rinse with water. Do not forget to dry it out thoroughly.
White Vinegar Rust Removing
Similar to baking soda, white vinegar is the other remarkable product in the kitchen. Useful for delicious sauces and dips, but for polishing the whole house.
This method is great for knives and other steel or metal tools. All you need is a jar and white vinegar.
Pour the vinegar into the jar and soak the tools for the night. Scrub them with steel wool or wire brush. Wash them with dish soap and rinse with water. If some of the stains remain, repeat.
Lemon And Salt Rust Removal
Good for small rust stains, this method is simple and combines salt abrasiveness with lemon acidity.
Cover the rusted area with salt and after add lemon juice over. Let the ingredients mix and leave it for two hours.
Scrub the area with lemon rind or wire brush, wash and dry thoroughly.
Chemical Solutions For Rust Removal
Of course, there are ready-to-use products that could be found in the stores.
They are easy to use, but sometimes they could damage some of the items. Here is why is important to read the information provided by the producer. Some of them could rub not only the rust but the paint or other coats of the objects.
How To Prevent Rust
You can prevent the rust before it appears and helps your steel and metal objects live longer. All you need to do is to make sure you keep them in a dry spot. Knives and other kitchen steel tools should be dry out right after you wash them. Avoid leaving them in the sink or the dishwasher.
There are some coated products and sprays that make the water resiting layer and the rusting process is blocked.