How to remove rust? Rust if not cleaned up quickly is likely to get worse and be very difficult to completely remove. So whether it’s on a car, hardware or other metals, you have to act quickly against rust!
10-Trucs therefore presents in this article tips for removing rust from various objects and surfaces at home.
1. Rub the rust with sandpaper (sandpaper)
If you are looking for a quick and effective way to completely remove rust from a rusty object, you have to scrub it and sand it!
This sandpaper tip is great for removing rust on:
- gardening tools
- hardware, etc.
Use a sander to remove rust!
For more speed and especially to remove rust embedded in the metal, a coarse sander will easily get rid of the rust.
Of course, this trick should be performed 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, another trick with baking soda! And yes, baking soda is a product that 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 leave to act for a few moments.
- Scrub with a brush for stubborn stains.
- Rinse and dry with a cloth to finish.
3. Lemon juice and salt against rust
Another trick to remove rust from an object is to use salt and lemon juice. Here’s how:
- Mix lemon juice with table salt (you can also use white vinegar).
- Use a sponge or brush and scrub away all the rust.
- Repeat until the rust stain is completely dissolved.
Chrome is shiny, bright and dazzling! So what could be worse than seeing small rust spots on the chrome surface of an object!?
Here is a simple and inexpensive trick to remove rust from a chrome:
- Add water to the sink with a little table salt.
- Dip the aluminum 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 coke as a rust remover
Do you have 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 into a container or into the kitchen sink.
- Soak the rusty tool or object for a few minutes.
- Remove the object once the rust is removed and dry.
Don’t forget to grease the tool afterwards to prevent further rust formation.
6. Rubbing alcohol for small rust stains
Do you have linoleum or plastic flooring at home with small spots that look like rust? The solution: rubbing alcohol!
In fact methylated spirit 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 some rubbing alcohol directly on the rust spots.
- Leave to act for 1 or 2 minutes and scrub with a sponge or a 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 based on salt and lemon juice.
- Soak the rust stain with lemon juice.
- Sprinkle a little table salt on the stain and leave to act for a few moments.
- Rinse garment and repeat as needed.
- Place the garment in the washing machine to finish
Several other tricks and products can be used to loosen clothes as you will discover here: Remove a rust stain from fabric.
How to prevent rust from settling again on your tools and objects at home? Here are some tips to prevent rust:
- Apply anti-rust varnish or lacquer to all your metals that are at risk of oxidizing before rust appears.
- Pour rice (rice will absorb moisture naturally) in the bottom of the tool box to prevent tools from oxidizing.
- Soak tools and objects that oxidize in olive oil and wipe them dry before putting them away.
- Paint your tools and other metals with rust preventative paint.