Rusty tools, just like all other things, need to go. No one wants to have to clean them or have to deal with the dust and cobwebs that often accumulate when working with a piece of equipment that has rusted. There are some ways you can tell that your rusting items need to go and some ways you can make sure they don’t. It will help if you understand what causes rust in the first place so that you can avoid it the next time you get to work using something.
Rust comes from metal objects that have come into contact with oxidizer. Oxidizer, which is usually oxygen, occurs naturally in many metals and often is responsible for the beauty of the material. When an object comes into contact with an oxidizer and turns color, the metal becomes rusted. You may not even realize that your tools have gone this far until you look at them a few years later. Before you throw out any item that has become rusted, you should inspect it carefully to see if it has any oxidized spots or if rust has started to set in.
If your tool has already developed rust, then you should start by checking the area where it is damaged. Look closely at the area to see if there is any discoloration such as white spots or an oily sheen. Some items have more than others when it comes to oxidation. The more oxidized a piece of metal item is, the harder it is to clean. A heavily oxidized tool will be difficult to use and may even scratch when used.
You should remove the rust using an old toothbrush or steel wool. If you are unsure about how to do this properly, you can try washing the metal with soap and water or by using a spray paint remover. Once you have removed all traces of the rust, cover it with a small piece of plastic wrap. This should keep it from getting worse and will help you keep your tools clean for a long time.
Once you have covered the rust with plastic wrap, you should place the tool in an area where it will not get stepped on or damaged. You may want to lay a sheet of tissue paper on top of your tool so that you can easily wipe off any dirt or damage that gets onto it. You may also want to use another type of material to place over the metal so that nothing will get into it. When it is completely dry, you can wipe away the tissue paper or plastic wrap.
Cleaning rust will not be a hard task if you have a metal polisher that can take care of this problem. There are different types of polishers that you can use to keep your tools looking nice and shiny. Just make sure that the one you choose is appropriate for your type of tools. If you use an inappropriate polisher on your tools, then you could possibly damage it instead of cleaning it. You do not want to end up spending money on polishes that will not work.
Some of the tools that are especially prone to rust include sewing needles, brooms, razors, screw drivers, pliers and files. As you may notice, each one has its own way of being damaged when you use them. You may have to try several methods until you find one that works the best. To remove rust from these types of tools, you will need to use special rust removing liquids. You can purchase these at a local hardware store or you can create your own mixture of ingredients to use.
Although rust can be very unattractive, there is no reason to damage your tools. If you have the proper tools, you can prevent rust buildup on your metal items. This will save you money and make your tools last longer. As long as you keep your tools clean and rust free, you can avoid having to purchase new items all together.