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How to Get Rid of Rust

September 16th, 2011 Bed and Bath

Rust stains are a fact of life for many home and car owners. Instead of thinking you're better off throwing that corroded item out or ignoring it altogether, treating and removing the blemishes can prevent further decay and keep your belongings a whole lot nicer looking.

In the kitchenKitchen knives can become rusted in the dishwasher. Try to wash all of your knives by hand, and treat any existing stains with an onion. Leave the tarnished part in the onion for about 30 minutes, then rinse and polish. Vegetable oil or knife polish can prevent it from oxidizing again, notes Mrs. Clean House Cleaning Services. • Stainless steel sinks can, in fact, get rust stains. If you find a spot, rub it with lighter fluid before washing the basin. • Whether you have a gas or electric stove, chances are the plates will get rust stains when they're older. Remove them using lemon juice, salt and a coarse scrubbing pad.

In the bathroom • For rusty toilet bowls, try rubbing the stains with a wet pumice stone. It shouldn't cause any damage and the stains will come right out. • For any kind of fabric rust stain, put lemon juice and salt on the spot and let it sit in the sun for 30 minutes, notes the source. It should dissolve away completely. • For tough stains in the bathtub or under the sink, you can rely on a commercial rust cleaning agent, which should take care of the problem.

On the car • Try using a treatment product with phosphoric acid, which will make the rust water-soluble and easy to get off. • If it's a tougher job, get rid of any rusted paint by using sandpaper or a wire brush. Then, coat the spot with an anti-corrosive primer before painting over it with a matching color. It'll look like new!