Angie's How To Remove Rust Stains

Date Published: Nov. 12, 2019

Difficulty:33%
Time: 15 Minutes

If iron gets wet, the combination of water, iron and oxygen reacts to create rust. Remove rust from your iron furniture and garden tools before it starts to corrode to protect your iron and keep it looking great. You will also delay a costly furniture replacement by removing rust stains as soon as you notice them.

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Tools & Materials Needed 
lemon or lemon juice
table salt
1 It's important to know what not to use on rust.

Never put bleach on a rust stain – It will react with the rust and may intensify the discoloration.

2 First, remove as much of the rust as you possibly can.

Use a dull knife to scrape off the rust being careful not to damage the surface.

3 Once the excessive rust is removed, squeeze lemon juice onto the stain so the spot is thoroughly covered.

Don't rub it in – Rubbing could damage the surface!

4 Next, sprinkle table salt over the lemon juice until its fully covered.

If the rust is on a vertical surface, then cake the salt on with your hand. It will stick to the lemon juice.

5 Let the salt and lemon juice sit for 24 hours.

If the area seems to be completely dry after a few hours, squeeze more lemon juice onto the area to keep it damp.

6 After a full day...

... rinse the spot will cool water.

7 If the rust isn't gone...

...repeat the process.