How to Remove Rust in 3 (Not So) Easy Steps
Whether it's on our car, our tools, or even our cookware, rust can really take the shine off of anything it touches. But fear not! Despite popular belief, removing rust doesn't have to be a chore. In this blog post, we'll break down three easy (okay, not-so-easy... removing rust isn’t exactly fun) steps for getting rid of that pesky rust once and for all.
Step 1: Scrubbing and Cleaning
The first step in removing rust is to scrub away the loose flakes of rust and dirt from the affected area. You can use a soft brush or steel wool to do this, but make sure you don't use anything too abrasive as it could cause more damage than good. Once you've scrubbed off all the loose bits, wipe down the area with a damp cloth (or one of our compostable Spongethings) to remove any remaining dirt or grime.
Step 2: Applying Rust Remover Solution
Once you've done some initial cleaning, it's time to get serious about removing the rust itself. For this step, you'll need a specialised rust remover solution that can penetrate deep into the affected area and break down the bond between the metal and the rust particles. Apply an even coat of the solution over the rusted area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth.
Step 3: Protecting Against Future Rust
Now that you've removed all traces of existing rust, it's important to protect against future corrosion. To do this, apply a thin layer of oil (such as olive oil or mineral oil) over the rusted area and let it soak in overnight before wiping off any excess with a clean cloth. This will help create an invisible barrier against moisture and other elements that can lead to further corrosion. If necessary, apply additional coats every few weeks for maximum protection against future rust build-up.
So go forth my friends—and take back your possessions from those corroding forces of evil! Good luck!