Rust on wrought iron can be removed by gently scrubbing away the surface
discoloration so as not to take the paint off with a wire brush.
For stubborn areas, rub the area with a very fine steel wool pad dampened with kerosene.
Be sure to wear protective gloves and glasses, throw open the windows and stay far away from any flame or fireplace.
Kerosene is both flammable and a strong chemical.
Still spotty? It's time to break out the naval jelly, an old faithful of a product you'll find at home- and hardware stores.
a strong dissolver, guaranteed to do the trick on your wrought-iron
surface. Follow the bottle's directions for best results.
Finally, to keep your newly refreshed wrought iron looking sharp: Apply a protective coat of liquid wax, the kind you'll find at automotive stores.
This will guard against future discoloration and make regular cleanings (a wire brush dipped in a sudsy mix of liquid hand-dishwashing soap and water) a breeze.
Don't use this wax on your iron fireplace tools, however, because it's flammable.
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