Saturday, February 14, 2015

Preventing and Removing Rust

Your home should have ideal air circulation. Open the windows on a bright, sunny day. Air out rooms, especially bathrooms, basements, garage, and tool sheds. Funnel out stale, old, moist air with the help of a fan. Rust forms when metal is exposed to moisture.

Wipe metal items dry

Wipe dry and be thorough about it whenever anything metal gets wet. Keep garden and outdoor tools under shade, or in a cool but dry shed or garage.

Use primers

Head down to your local hardware store for a can of rust-proof primer. First, sand off any rust and other stains, clean the metal, then apply the primer as protective coating. You can also Do-It-Yourself: combine one (1) part of anhydous lanolin with five (5) parts of paint thinner and apply onto the metal with a brush. You can also dip the metal item into the mixture.

Use mineral oils and wax

As substances that repel water, oils and wax are ideal coating on metal surfaces.

Sand away stains

As soon as you see any rust on the surface, sand it away with a piece of sandpaper, wool pad, or wire brush.

Use baking soda

For small items, like jewelry, utensils, buttons, and various metal gewgaws around the house, immerse them in a solution of water and baking soda. First, boil the water; take the pan or pot off of the stove and mix the baking soda into the hot water. Pour the solution in a bowl lined with aluminum foil. Leave the metal items immersed in the bowl for as long as needed. The baking soda acts to remove any rust stains and discolorations on the metal.



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