Dealing with rust

When dealing with your home tools and instruments, you would definitely want to invest to something that would last longer. The durability of your home tools, appliances and housewares is what matters the most. That is why many people prefer steel materials than plastic ones. From your steel garage doors up to your steel frying pans and spatulas, their life span is ultimately worth investing in.

But of course like anything else, materials made of steel have their weakness. And what is it? Rust.

Rusting occurs when the iron which is used to make steel is exposed to oxygen and moisture for a long period of time. When a home tool made of steel is exposed to water and oxygen, the chemical reaction that would happen would result to the weakening of the metal itself. It seems the “rust” formed would consume and destroy the affected home instrument.

Rust can be both a minor and a major disaster for you. It can produce stains on your clothes that would be too hard to clean. There are instances when these stains cannot be removed at all. Since rust-affected metals lose their strength, their life span is automatically affected. Once a part of these tools is exposed to water and oxygen, their durability would be affected as rust would start to “eat” the home tool. In fact, $76 billion is needed to repair bridges in America that are destroyed by rust only. It can really be considered that the effects of rust are really serious in the macro-perspective. That is why it is important for you to know how you would be able to prevent your steel from completely rusting.

As mentioned, rust has the ability to consume your steel home tool over a period of time. It is important that you know some methods on how you can eliminate them before they destroy your entire home tool. Here is what you can do when you notice rust starting to accumulate and consume your steel:


-Using the acid treatment is one of the most popular ways on how to get rid of rust. Some people use lime, vinegar or lemon. This is a very easy treatment for your steel. Although this is very effective in dissolving rust, wrong use of acid can lead to further formation of it. When too much acid is used, there is a great possibility that more rust would form. So how can one do this acid treatment?

What is needed is lime, lemon or vinegar. Squeeze a small amount of any of these citric fruits to the part of the steel which starts to rust. Sprinkle a little bit of salt and let it sit for 2-3 hours. When you notice that bubbles were formed, use the lime or lemon rind to wipe the dissolving rust. Some also use potato and baking soda.

Some people are using Coca-Cola when trying this method because this soda drink is rich with phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid in small amounts is helpful in dissolving rust.

Although acid treatment is effective, the best way to deal with it is to PREVENT it. Preventing rust from forming is way easier than removing it.

For steels to be safe from rust, just follow the following tips:

1.)   Keep your tools and equipment dry. Rust forms when moisture and oxygen is present. Keeping your steel tools dry would help you avoid rusting.

2.)  Paint your steel with high-quality paints. Protecting your materials with the best quality of coating would definitely help you avoid rusting.

3.)   Oil them regularly. Oil helps in eliminating moisture which is needed to form rust.