Removing Rust From Outdoor Décor

| 12/16/2016 1:47:00 PM

Tags: Home and Garden, Do-it-Yourself,

With outdoor living areas remaining a hot trend for the foreseeable future, many people are turning their patios and decks into living spaces that they use for most of the year — not just for a few summer barbecues. Even in northern climates you can outfit your patio with a fire pit or propane heaters and enjoy a cup of cocoa outside well past Thanksgiving, if you like.

With all that extra time out in the elements, though, your patio furniture and décor is much more likely to rust. To keep your space clean and inviting, it’s a good idea to spend some time sprucing up those metal surfaces. Luckily, removing rust is a DIY job that just about anybody can handle. Here’s how to do it:

rusted bucket
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The Non-Toxic Rust Removers

It’s always best to start with the gentlest methods and work up from there if needed. Choosing a natural solution will be safer for people and pets in the area, and it’s cheaper, too. In general, most rust removal methods require an acid to break down the rust and an abrasive to scrub it away. Try one or more of the following methods with things you have around the house, first:

Vinegar: Soak smaller items overnight, or use a rag to wipe vinegar over large swaths of furniture and allow to set for 24 hours. Light rust will dissolve and simply rinse away when you hose it off. Just be sure to do so in the grass to avoid staining your walkways.

Citrus and salt: To add a little oomph, make a paste of salt and lemon or lime juice to cover rusty patches. Allow to set for several hours, and then use the citrus rind as a scrubbing tool to brush away the rust. Rinse thoroughly.

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