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How To Remove Rust From Metal 

The discovery of rust can be off-putting at first. However, rust is nothing to be afraid of but is rather a natural development of leaving metal objects outside over time. If you have found that your metal objects have developed a layer of rust, there are some easy things you can do to remove it. In this week’s blog, we share our top tips for removing rust from metal. 

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Tip One: Scrub Off The Rust 

The first thing you can do after finding rust on your metal is to grab a wire brush or piece of steel and use it to scrub off all the loose rust from the metal’s surface. Make sure to scrub rigorously. If the stain is relatively large, this method can help remove approximately 50% of the rust. 

Tip Two: Use White Vinegar 

After this, find a bottle of white vinegar and pour some into a glass. Next, place your metal objects into a container with the white vinegar and allow them to soak for a few minutes before drying with a rag. This will help erode the rust. For large stains, soak the rag in vinegar and use it to scrub the metal object. Finish off the vinegar soaking process by scrubbing clean with a wire brush or steel wool. 

Tip Three: Baking Powder and Lemon Juice 

If the rust stain is heavy, try adding baking powder and lemon juice to the vinegar. This will intensify the strength of the solution, hopefully lifting off the stain even further. Apply the mix to the metal object as explained above. 

Tip Four: Apply a Finishing Wax 

After removing the rust from your metal objects, prevention of further rust is key. Apply a finishing wax or even paint the surface to avoid rust reappearing.  

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