With winter on its way out, it's time to learn how to remove rust from metal. Removing rust from metal can be a daunting task. There are several ways to remove rust. Below are some of the more effective ways to remove rust.
- Chemicals. Commercial products are available to remove and treat rust buildup. They usually contain some form of acid to remove the rust, so it is important to wear rubber gloves and follow the instructions on the package carefully for safety precautions.
- Vinegar. Using vinegar is a way to avoid toxic chemicals. To remove rust from small items, pour a little amount of vinegar into a glass along with the item and let it soak. Once the rust has dissolved, you can rinse your items. To use vinegar on bigger items, pour the vinegar directly on the item or spread it with a cloth.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is another way to remove rust without using toxic chemicals. Make a paste of baking soda and water, making sure that it is pasty enough to adhere to the object. Spread it on the object and let it sit. After a few minutes you can rub away the rust stains. If there are rust stains that are deep, try using some sandpaper or steel wool to scrub away the rust.
The best method for a dealing with rust is taking preventive measures. Try not to let your items get rust. Keeping your metals as dry as possible will prevent rust from building up on your objects. Sometimes preventing rust is not possible, so try to treat the rust stain as soon as possible because the longer is it untreated the harder it is to remove.