Rust is a coating of iron oxide that forms on iron or steel when exposed to oxygen and moisture over long periods of time. Usually appears red or yellowish and can appear on cars, sinks, household objects, and jewelry. There are many incidents like this we face here at Crystal Drain. We got some tips you can use to deal with rust stains.
One option to getting rid of rust stains is to use vinegar. Specifically white vinegar, but some say that apple cider vinegar works as well. Place the object in a container or bottle, preferably one with a lid, pour in the vinegar until it is about an inch above the object. Put the lid on and shake the container. Leave them in the vinegar for a day, and then pour out the liquid. The objects should be rust free. If not, repeat the process, or leave them in for longer periods of time.
Another option is to use a lemon, or lime, and salt. First, rub the salt over the rusted area of the object. Then apply the lemon or lime juice over the salt coated area, and leave it for 2-3 hours. After that, scrub off the rust off using a scourer or steel wool; careful of damaging the object further. Another way is to use the rind of the lemon or lime to remove the rust, which would prevent damaging the metal.
A third solution is to use a toothbrush and some baking soda. First, pour some baking soda into a small dish or container, then add a bit of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the rusted area and leave for a few hours. After that, scrub it off with a toothbrush.
A potato is also a way to getting rid of rust stains. A mention, you would need a potato and some soap or baking soda. Cut the potato in half, then dip it in the soap or baking soda. Then rub the potato over the rusted area. If you have no time for manual labour, try placing the coated potato on the rusted surface and leave it for a few hours. After that, scrub of the rust.
It none of these options work, or you’re dealing with a larger surface, than one solution is to physically scrub is off. You can try using steel wool or sandpaper to remove the rust. However, you would need to be careful of damaging the metal underneath.
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