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How to Remove Rust From Metal Tools?

Jun 16, 2008
We all use metal tools occasionally in our household works. And at the same time it is very common that they get rust when they are kept unused for a brief period. What happens next, you get annoyed with it and get out for some other less important jobs. And if you badly need that tool, you would have to clean them up.

It is not easy to keep those tools rust free and if you live in a moist area, it may seem almost impossible. And rust does not get you away from the job alone; it also harms longevity of your tools.

So, how to remove rust from metal tools?

People have different opinions and tips in this matter to share with you. Here are some ways that you may employ to make your metal tools rust free.

Properly clean up and dry all the tolls after every use. You should also apply some wax (butcher's wax) after certain period depending on your use of the tool and moisture of the location where they are kept, to keep them rust free. Do not even think about keeping the metal portion of the tool on the wet or moist ground. If you have no other option, cover the metal part properly with plastic wrapper so that it does not come in direct and constant contact with moist ground.

If the metal tool gets rust and you need to clean them up for use, sand it well and after the use, clean and wax it properly.

You can also create a mixture of motor oil and sand. When you have finished using the tool, simply shove them into the mixture. It would not simply clean the tools; you would also get an oil coating over it. In fact, this mixture also works to sharpen the tool a little bit. But, if you use a tool with mixed elements like metal and plastic or metal and rubber, it is better not to use this method. Sand can harm the longevity of elements like rubber or plastic. This process is perfect for simple tools like shovel or axe. And it is better to avoid using this process to clean up complex tools.

You can also try using lemon juice and Morton's salt to clean rust from a metal body. But you would need to rub the metal clean - sometimes it is too tough and hazardous to clean something in this way where you would need to depend on your rubbing strength a lot. To rub the metal body, you may use a piece of cotton, scrubber or metal wire wool (be careful while using wools).

If you are not happy with these home made solutions, you can find some rust remover for metal tools and other metal items. These often work wonders if you can find the right cleaner for the right metal. You can follow the recommendations provided in the container or user manual to find out if that rust remover is the perfect one for you or not.

If you are not sure about it or if you want to clean mixed tools (rubber, plastic, metal etc), try using non-toxic or organic rust cleaners as they will not harm the soft portions. At the same time these organic cleaners are also harmless for your health. There are some really good organic rust cleaners in the market that cleans the rust very well but does not harm the color of the metal body. To add to this, you do not need to scrub or wipe the metal body after cleaning.

Seems fun? Check out your local shop or search internet for organic rust removers.
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