How To Remove Rust Stains

Rust is the result of an oxidation process that occurs when water interacts with the surface of metal.  Rusting metal in your home doesn’t look good and can be a pain to remove. However, with a little elbow grease and these great tricks, you can bring the metal in your home back into tip-top shape.

Method #1: Baking Soda Paste

  • Mix baking soda and water until it creates a thick paste
  • Spread the baking soda paste over the rusted metal and leave it on for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow for the baking soda to work on the rust
  • Scour the rust off with steel wool, a scouring pad or a metal brush – this is the key to removing rust with this method
  • Best used on less severe rust and on thin metals and pans

Method #2: Vinegar Bath

  • Submerge metal in vinegar overnight or soak cloths and wrap it around the metal
  • Scrape away the rust with a steel brush or steel wool – not much effort should be required to do this since the vinegar has done most of the work overnight

Method #3: Naval Jelly

  • Naval jelly is a cleaning chemical that should be used with safety precautions in place
  • Only use naval jelly in open spaces with lots of ventilation
  • Protect your face, hands and eyes with gloves and protective glasses
  • Put a generous amount of naval jelly on the rusted surface or tool
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes and don’t exceed the time limit
  • Rinse off with water and inspect – if there are still stains, repeat the process again