How to Get Rid of Rust
Rust can be a very unsightly problem and removing it is sometimes is very challenging. However, if you know how to get rid of rust using the right methods you can prolong the life of your metal surfaces.
Cause this red stain that appears on metal takes place when water hits the surface and causes the oxidization of iron. It is the chemical reaction of iron and other alloys that forms these iron oxides that start to corrode any metal surface such as a car, wash machine, cabinet, shelf, etc.
Removing Rust from Metal (Steel)
Steel is one metal that still rusts, even though it is commonly referred to as stainless. It does not corrode as fast as other metal alloys. However, it does still require some care in the event the rust problem has already progressed.
Some fast tips regarding the removal of rust from stainless steel are shown below:
- Use aluminum foil and cola. Take aluminum foil and rub it against the rusty portion of a metal surface or object. For best results, use a cola (preferably Coca-Cola® for this job). You could also rub a little bit of vinegar on the area, but never the cola and the vinegar together.
Apply an electric current. Just a small jolt of electricity works great for this purpose, as it is the electric current that can break apart bonded compounds. If you can fit the rusted metal object into the bucket that would be easiest. You can then place an electrode on the positive end of a batter cable and dip it into that bucket of water.
Then, you can take the negative end of the battery cable and make contact with it to the rusty area of the stainless steel. You will know this process is working if you see bubbles forming in the water, and when the the water is turning red.
This rust-cleaning method could take several hours, but it works better on more severely-rusted surfaces. When you are done with this process immediately dry the area with a hair dryer, but be careful throughout this entire process not to get electrocuted.
- Apply a zinc solution. This is a mineral that can be used to convert iron oxides into a simple iron molecule. In the process, the rusting process is interrupted.
First, find a lye and water recipe. The goal is to combine enough of these ingredients to make it boil at 270°F or 130°C. Then, add zinc oxide or just place zinc into the water and lye solution to create a positive charge.
The end result is that the rust is stripped off. However, the iron itself is not affected, because the rust not the iron is what dissolves in alkaline solutions.
Other Rust Removal Advice
You may also need to learn how to get rid of rust from clothing, carpets, and more. From clothing you could use a variety of removal methods.
One idea would be to soak the rust stain with fresh or bottled lemon juice, then rinse thoroughly. However, you should remember to check the manufacturer’s instructions before attempting this just to make sure you will not damage the fabric.
If you want to remove rust from carpet, you can first scrape out as much of the rust from it using a dull blade. Maybe a butter knife. Then, spray the rust-stained spot with lemon juice and let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then blot up with a paper towel.
For a more thorough cleaning you could also scrub dish soap on the affected area with a toothbrush and/or small scrub brush. Do this twice if necessary and let the carpet dry completely before you vacuum.