Rust, if not cleaned up quickly, can get worse and be very difficult to remove altogether. Whether it is on a car, hardware, or other metals, it is necessary to act quickly against rust.
Curiosity Insight, therefore, presents you in this article tips for removing rust from various objects and surfaces at home.
1. Rub the rust with sandpaper
If you are looking for a quick and efficient way to remove rust from a rusty object altogether, you have to scrub and sand it!
This sandpaper tip is excellent for removing rust on:
- gardening tools
- hardware, etc.
Use a sander to remove the rust!
For more speed and especially to remove rust embedded in the metal, a coarse grit sander will get rid of the rust quickly.
Of course, this trick should be done on tools or other worthless objects because the sandpaper will scratch the surface of the metal.
2. Baking soda to remove a rust stain
What, one more thing with baking soda! And yes, baking soda is something you should all have at home.
Here is the recipe for quickly removing rust from an object:
- Mix equal parts baking soda and white vinegar.
- Apply the mixture to the rust and let it act for a few moments.
- Scrub with a brush for encrusted spots.
- Rinse and dry with a cloth to finish.
3. Lemon juice and salt against rust
Another trick to removing rust from an object is to use salt and lemon juice. Here’s how to do it:
- Mix lemon juice with table salt (you can also use white vinegar).
- Use a sponge or brush and scrub off any rust.
- Repeat until the rust stain is completely dissolved.
4. How do I remove rust from chrome?
Chrome is shiny, bright, and dazzling! So what could be worse than seeing little rust spots on the chrome surface of an object !?
Here is a simple and inexpensive trick to remove rust from chrome:
- Add water to the sink with a little table salt.
- Dip the foil in the water and rub the chrome gently.
- Re-dip the foil and continue rubbing the object.
- Rinse and dry the chrome with a soft cloth to finish.
5. Use coca as an anti-rust
Got some coke in the fridge? Well, did you know that cola can be used to remove rust?
Coke is excellent for removing rust from tools and hardware.
Here’s how to use it against rust:
- Pour coke in a container or the kitchen sink.
- Soak the rusty tool or object for a few minutes.
- Remove the object after the rust is removed and dry.
Do not forget to grease the tool afterward to avoid new rust formation.
6. Methylated alcohol for small rust stains
Do you have a lino or plastic floor at home with small spots that look like rust? The solution: methylated spirits!
Methylated spirits can be used on different surfaces but also to clean a multitude of stubborn stains.
Easy as pie, here’s how to use it:
- Pour little methylated spirits directly on the rust stains.
- Leave on for 1 or 2 minutes and scrub with a sponge or brush (be careful not to scratch the floor)
- Rinse and dry with a clean cloth to finish.
7. Remove rust from clothes
If you see a stain on clothing or other pieces of fabric, here is a cleaning tip made with salt and lemon juice.
- Soak the rust stain with lemon juice.
- Sprinkle a little table salt on the stain and let it act for a few moments.
- Rinse the garment and repeat as needed.
- Place the garment in the washing machine to finish
8. How do I keep rust from coming back?
How to prevent rust from settling back on your tools and objects at home?
Here are some tips for preventing rust:
- Apply varnish or anti-rust lacquer to all your metals, which may oxidize before rust appears.
- Pour rice (the rice will absorb moisture naturally) into the bottom of the tool chest to prevent tools from oxidizing.
- Dip tools and objects that oxidize in olive oil and wipe them dry before putting them away.
- Paint your tools and other metals with rustproof paint.
10. Use a potato
We can also use a potato, as the oxalic acid in potatoes helps remove rust build-up. This method is especially useful for small rusty metals, for example, knives. It can be used in two ways. We stick the knife directly into the potato and let it act overnight. Afterward, we will scratch the oxide, which will come out quickly. We cut the potato in two, cover it with bicarbonate and clean the metal with rust with the slices.
11. Aluminum foil, your ally to remove rust
I had previously used aluminum foil in some painting tricks. However, I would never have thought that it was also very effective in removing rust. To do this, you only have to cut squares or strips of aluminum foil about 10 centimeters on a side, moisten it in water and rub with it on the metal. You will immediately see that the rust is disappearing; it is as if the aluminum foil was an eraser. To finish, clean the metal piece with a cotton cloth.
On the other hand, I recommend that if you are going to use this system to remove metal oxide, always use gloves. Although it is not an aggressive method for the skin, it does fade a lot, and you can quickly end up with black nails and highlights.
12. Apple cider vinegar
The acids in apple cider vinegar appear to work against mold that builds up on iron pieces. Your application is effortless:
- Pour apple cider vinegar into a container, and be sure to cover the object you want to clean.
- Let it soak overnight and, the next day, rub it with the help of a brush or an abrasive sponge.
- If you notice that the rust is still embedded, let it soak for a couple more nights.
13. Molasses to remove rust
Molasses is that extract from sugar cane, which is usually used to sweeten and make various natural remedies. If you want to use it to remove rust, follow these steps:
- Dissolve a quarter cup of molasses (85 g) in two liters of water.
- Soak the object overnight and wash it the next day.
- Repeat the same process if the oxide does not disappear with the first application.
14. Fire to restore metal objects
Some metal objects can be subjected to high temperatures without being deformed or damaged, if this is the case for your rusty elements, try this heating method to restore them.
- After making sure your object has no flammable plastic parts or paints, heat it until it’s almost red.
- When removing it, tap it on a blunt object or a tool that does not change its shape.
- Keep your hands protected to avoid the risk of burns.
15. Use oxalic acid
Take protective precautions with this method; wear rubber gloves, goggles, and protective clothing. Do not smoke or directly inhale the acid fumes.
- Wash the rusty item with detergent and dry it carefully.
- Mix 25 ml (one teaspoon 5 ml) of oxalic acid with 250 ml of warm water.
- Soak the item for approximately 20 minutes or until the item is cleaned with a cloth or brass brush.
- Thoroughly wash and dry the item when you finish removing the rust. You finished.
16. Use a chemical solution to dissolve the oxide
You can buy different types of chemical solutions to help dissolve the oxide. They usually are made from phosphoric or oxalic acid and can be harmful to your skin. Always take the necessary precautions when using a chemical solution to remove rust.
- Follow the instructions on the product to remove rust, as its applications vary between products.
- Often these chemicals need to settle for a long time and must be scrubbed afterward, so you should be ready for a little extra work.
- These products can be expensive and only work on small projects, not larger rusty objects.
17. Converts rust
Buy a rust converter that works to slow the advance of rust on metal and prevents it from affecting it further. It is similar to spray paint and also acts as a primer for a coat of paint.
Although this slows down the oxidation process so that it does not continue to expand, it may not be as effective in completely removing rust from the metal.
This is only an option if you plan to paint on the metal. It will also leave a rough texture under the paint as you are mostly just covering the rust.
18. Use abrasive tools to scrape off the rust
This method requires more work, but you can effectively remove the rust. Use tools that you can find at home, such as a screwdriver, or rent tools from a local hardware store.
- Steel wool (scouring pad) is easy to use, and you may already have it at home.
- Use an electric sander to remove rust on large objects. Always start with the roughest area and slowly move to less affected areas to minimize the roughness of the metal.
- You can use any metal tool to scrape the metal but use sandpaper afterward to try to remove any marks left by the scraping.
- Use citric acid. Purchase a small box of citric acid powder from your favorite grocery or baking goods area.
- Put some citric acid in a plastic container and pour it into hot water, enough to cover the item you are cleaning. For your fun, you can see the reaction bubbles.
- Leave it on overnight and then rinse and dry it.