Effective Ways To Remove Rust From Stainless Steel

By John Schofield

For its durability, eye-catching appeal, and ability to resist stains and rust, stainless steel has been the metal of choice for kitchen utensils and instruments. They are demanded highly for their usefulness in the kitchen, and can often be quite costly. Despite all the known reasons, however, all metals can be subjected to some kind of wear and tear, especially when the outer coating has already worn off, and the rusting begins to appear on the surface of the metal. Rusts are more than just stains; they are unsightly, disease carrying and can significantly decrease the value of your metal. If you do not find a great solution for the stains, when they first come out, this can always give you bigger problems in the future.

Protecting your investment

As steel products always come at a high price, it is important for you to be able to protect your investment. You need to find an effective way to get rid of the rust on your grill; you need to find a great way to clear your sink of rust; you need to find a way to say goodbye to rust that has began to appear on small kitchen utensils such as knives, spoons and forks.


Fortunately, there are countless ways to get rid of rust on different kinds of stainless steel products. Each method will differ, depending on the metal in question:

If you are trying to remove rust from smaller items, like a pocket knife, for instance, spraying all-purpose lubricant would be enough to solve the problem. A great all-purpose lubricant is WD40. You can easily spray lubricant on the surface of the metal and then wipe it with a paper towel to remove the residue. Almost every time, this method works to remove all or most of the rust particles.

Should there be any rust residue left, even after lubricant application, you can get find sandpaper (320 or 400 grit) and lightly sand the areas where rust still appears. In doing this method, you have to be quite careful, because scraping the surface too much could remove the protective covering on the surface, thus creating an even bigger problem for you.

Getting the rust off the kitchen sink follows an entirely different process. You will need to mix baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar, in proportions that would be enough to cover the whole surface. Combining all of these natural ingredients should result to some kind of paste material that you can spread all over the surface of the sink. You need to leave the material on the surface for quite some time to allow the rust to dissolve. The use of natural ingredients is important because chemical products may leave toxic residues on the surface of the sink for a long time.

If you are tasked to remove rust on any stainless appliances at home, you can start doing this task by dipping a toothbrush on baking soda and then lightly rubbing the brush back and forth on the surface of the stain. You should aim to do this quite lightly, so as not to etch the surface. After which, you can get a paper towel to dry it thoroughly.

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