How to remove rust from metal

How to remove rust from metal? Here are four ways to get rid of rust using cleaning ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Baking soda, lemon, and vinegar are staples of effective homemade rust remover solutions.
  • Make a paste using baking soda.
  • Dip in a vinegar bath.
  • Scrub with lime and salt or lemon and salt.
  • Use naval jelly rust dissolver.

The first three ways to remove rust on metal are effective on moderate rust stains, and are made from items you probably have around the house.

The last remedy, naval jelly rust dissolver, is your final go-to product. It is a much stronger chemical to use only if the first three methods don't completely remove your rust.

  1. How to Remove Rust with a Baking Soda Paste

If you're not into chemicals and want to remove the rust (but not the paint), these household products to remove rust can help.

  • Add water to dry baking soda until it has the texture of a paste thick enough for you to spread on the metal.
  • Allow the baking soda paste to sit on the rusted area of the metal for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing off with a toothbrush or other small brush. 

  2. How to Clean Off Rust With Vinegar

Acidic vinegar is another effective tool for cleaning rust on items that are all steel and can be soaked without compromising the integrity of other surfaces.

  • Submerge the rusty item in white vinegar. Allow it to work its magic overnight.
  • Remove the item from the vinegar, and scrape away the rust using a metal brush or steel wool.

  3.  Removing Rust with Lime (or Lemon) and Salt

No, it's not margarita time. (Yet.) Instead, use these simple staples to provide both the acid and the abrasion needed to remove stubborn rust.

  • Rinse the rusty area so that it is wet enough for salt to adhere.

  • Sprinkle salt liberally over the rusted area; allow to sit for at least two hours.
  • Use the lime or lemon rind to then scrub the salt into the rusty areas to remove.

  4.  Rust-Busting with Naval Jelly

Still rusty? It's time to break out the naval jelly rust dissolver, an old faithful of a product that's been around for generations.

It is a cleaning chemical that needs to be used with safety precautions in place.

  • First, don't use Naval Jelly in confined spaces. The fumes can be hazardous without proper ventilation.

  • Always don rubber or plastic protective gloves, and safety glasses or a full-face shield to protect your hands, face, and eyes when working with naval jelly.
  • Remove all loose dirt and rust from the metal with a wire brush prior to cleaning.
  • Brush on a liberal coating of Naval Jelly; let stand 15 minutes - but no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with water, inspect.
  • If any rust remains, repeat steps above as many times as needed to remove rust.

Preventing Future Rust

  • To keep your newly refreshed metal looking sharp, apply a protective coat of liquid wax, the kind you'll find at automotive stores. 
  • Keep metal dry, and store in a cool dry place. 

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