Have you ordered a new set of intricately welded metal chairs but are afraid they'll get rusty in a few years or so? One of the biggest problems with metal objects that are going to be placed outdoors is rust. From metal items for home use such as garden decors and sculptures to professional and custom metal signs, there is a good chance they will rust if exposed to harsh weather elements for an extended period of time. And the consequences are not great at all.
It's good that it's not the end of your beautiful home and business metal decors. This rust on your beloved objects? It can be gone and they will shine again. If you have some rusty pieces of your favorite metal furniture and are looking for a way to get them dashing again, here are some tips that you can actually do.
1. Cleaning spray can help
If the material has few light rust stains, any spray detergent can help you remove it. All you have to do is spray the rusty area once or twice (make sure it's sprayed evenly), then brush off all of the rust with a cloth or sponge. If the surface of the material is rust free, wipe every inch with a clean, dry cloth to prevent rust from coming back sooner than expected. Quick and easy, right?
2. Another thing to love about Coca Cola
If you're a loyal Coca Cola customer, you should probably be hoarding some of it if you have rusty things at home. Surprisingly, this drink is very effective at removing rust stains. What you need to do is pour a considerable amount of the drink on the rusty area and rinse it off with a sponge or cloth. After that, wipe the entire surface of the object with a dry cloth. Just like 1, 2, 3!
3. Baking soda is not just for baking
Baking soda is like a staple in every home. In addition to baking, it's also an inexpensive way to treat and remove various stains – including rust. How to use it First, you need to take a considerable amount of baking soda and add some water to make a thick paste. However, if this is very heavy rusting, then drop water and choose hydrogen peroxide instead. Use a clean cloth to apply the mixture you made to the rusty area and let it sit for about an hour. After that, scrub it with the help of a sponge until the rust comes off the material.
4. White vinegar and salt are not just condiments
Another staple in any kitchen that is very efficient at dealing with severe stains are vinegar and salt. This is how you should do it. Pour some vinegar into a cup. The amount should be enough to cover the entire area with rust. Add a little salt and stir the mixture until the salt dissolves. When it's done, you can put it in a spray bottle or just pour it directly into the rusted area. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes and then wipe off any stains with a clean cloth. If the stain doesn't come off, repeat the entire process. Then dry it with a cloth.
5. Lemon and salt juice as a rust remover
Lemon and lime can literally eat rust. On the other hand, salt acts as an abrasive component. To use them as a rust remover, you need to squeeze a couple of lemons into a cup and, with plenty of salt, squeeze them into the squeezed juice. Make sure the mixture is applied evenly to the surface with a cloth with rust. You'll have to wait an hour or two before rinsing off all of the material with a sponge. And as we always say, dry it off with a towel.
6. Coca Cola, aluminum foil, salt and water for better results
This mixture is particularly effective at removing dirt and stains from chrome and stainless steel materials. This is due to the miracles that aluminum foil does. While you can only rely on the aluminum foil, it's better to soak it in a mixture of water and salt, white vinegar, and most importantly, Coca-Cola. Here comes the hard part. You'll need to brush everything off until the rust comes off the material and dry it with a cloth.
7. Chemicals that remove rust when you are desperate
Regardless of how we choose to use things we find at home or make DIY mixes, sometimes the rust won't come off. When the rust has penetrated the metal itself (not just surface rust) it is time to come up with a better approach. There are many chemicals available in the market that can help you. However, it is important to follow the procedure indicated on the packaging. Don't forget to wear a mask and protective gloves as these chemicals are strong and dangerous.
Can you prevent rust from forming?
It is not impossible to prevent your patio furniture and decors from rusting. However, you need to make sure that you are paying attention to the first signs of rust and wait for the mentioned materials to prevent it. You can apply a coat of wax and use waterproof paint to make sure the surfaces are protected. You should also buy protective covers and use them during the rainy or winter seasons. Another alternative is to keep them temporarily in a shelter to avoid damage. Check the furniture regularly and pay attention immediately if you see the first rust stains before they further damage all of the metal furniture.
The above are just some of the most common rust removal tips that you can try at home. Most of them are home remedies to make sure you can get your beloved furniture and decors glowing again without buying anything in the store. Maintain your garden furniture the same way you care for your indoor furniture.