How To Clean Rust  

There are ways to protect your belongings in a storage unit and prevent them from rusting. If you stored items without knowing there is rust, don’t panic. Rust can be problematic, it’s also removable from many materials. We hope this information helps you clean and preserve your belongings.

Rust On Metal

As soon as you see rust on metal, you’ll want to start cleaning it off. Rust is the metal oxidizing process. That means that the rust can quickly wear away at the metal. However, if the rust is found on stainless steel, cleaning with baking soda will be the alternative. To tackle items with significant corrosion, submerge your items in a bowl of white vinegar and let them sit overnight or as long as 24 hours. Once they have had a good soak, remove them from the vinegar and scrub the rust off with steel wool, a scouring pad, or a wire brush.

Rust On Wood

Vinegar is typically the best substance for removing rust from wood. Or you can try Mixing Bar Keepers Friend powder with enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste directly onto the stained areas. Let dry for 10-15 minutes, wipe with damp towel.

Rust On Fabric

You can clean rust off most clothes in the same way you’d clean it off metal: by applying vinegar. It’s important to note that you should not use bleach when trying to rid your clothes of rust. Bleach will make it worse. The removal process is trickier when dealing with fabrics that aren’t meant to be washed. You may wish to bring it to a professional cleaner to ensure that the fabrics remain protected. If you’d prefer to clean the rust off yourself, you should mix lemon juice and salt. You’ll want to apply it to a small, inconspicuous area first to see how the fabric reacts. Then, if the results are favorable, you’ll want to continually apply them until you get the results you’re looking for.

High Quality Storage Units in Lincolnton

If you’re looking for storage units in Lincolnton, you’ve come to the right place! Lincoln Self Storage offers secure, temperature and humidity regulated storage units. Minutes from the downtown area and right off Hwy 321.  If you’re ready to rent out space, or you have any questions about our units, don’t hesitate to call us at (704) 735-6364

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