Monday, December 17, 2018

Give Your Metals A Fresh Shine With Eco Friendly Rust Remover

By Karen Jones

Metal fixtures are beautiful as furniture and even as part of the finishing. Things turn awry when nature starts to take its course. Usually wrought iron and other metal fixtures will have a protective coating. However, sometimes even that is not sufficient. Then one has to find an eco friendly rust remover to clear it before it eats through the metal. Whatever is chosen, stay away from steel wool or any other abrasive material. Use a toothbrush or cloth instead. That way, once the corrosion clears one is not left with scratched up metal.

Most of the solutions can be created from regular readily available items. Take salt and lime juice for example. Limes are used in all sorts of recipes. Salt is a must in every home. Use both together and the result makes for a potent cleaning agent. Salt the affected area. Soak with the lime juice. Let it rest for a bit. Use the lime to rub away the scum.

Lime works because of the citric acid. Anything with citric acid is quite effective. Fresh lemons or fresh lemon juice can be used in this exercise. Note the word fresh. Not any one of those concentrated on supermarket shelves. Cut up the lemon then use the cut end to rub away at the corrosion. One can also spritz with lemon juice and rub with a toothbrush until clean.

Aluminum foil is very malleable. But, it may also develop some sharp edges that do real damage to surfaces. When using aluminum foil to clean metal, ensure to change it out as soon as it begins to develop those edges. Just dip the foil in vinegar and rub a dub.

Use of aluminum foil does not limit the use of vinegar. One can also use a toothbrush or a piece of cloth. If the fixtures can be removed or are small enough to soak then soak them overnight in the vinegar. The corrosion will have cleared by morning. If the corrosion is extensive one should use distilled white vinegar. This is different from other types as it is a lab-produced cocktail of acetic acid and water. For less potency, just add some water.

Bicarbonate of soda is used in baking to help the dough rise. It has also been found to be useful against mold and wine or coffee stains. Just cover the area with baking soda then wet with water or vinegar. Scrub away with a toothbrush or cloth until it remains clean.

Cut a potato in half. Soak the cut part in dish soap. Use that end to scrub at the corrosion. It will get soiled. Cut off the soiled part and repeat the exercise. This is yet another easy solution with tools right off the kitchen shelves. So try these before running to the store.

In some cases, the damage will be too extensive. It will seem like these solutions take too much time and effort to show any kind of change. In that case, seek professional help. A professional service will have more potent and effective ways.

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