How To Get Rid of Rust

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Rust and dirt on a baking plate.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know what that familiar reddish-brown crust means: rust. When iron starts to corrode, rust forms leaving behind spots and a tendency to stain whatever it touches. While a extended car warranty helps you care for car components and car insurance helps ensure you are covered should something happen very few car plans include rust damage in their coverage. So how to get rid of rust?

Should you find rust in or on your car, be sure to take care of it quickly so as to stop the spread and help prevent damage it may cause. Follow these tips for removing stains so you will give a fresh and clean start for your car or truck.

  • For in-car items like fiberglass, rayon, acetate, silk, triacetate and wool, it is best to send the material to a dry cleaner to have it professionally cleaned. Never try cleaning these items yourself.
  • For in-car items like woven acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester, follow these simple directions:
    • Apply lemon juice on the stain, but don’t let it dry.
    • Rinse the stain thoroughly with water and, if possible, wash the piece.
    • If the stain is still there, try a rust remover that is safe for the fabric.
    • For items like chrome follow these directions:
      • Wipe the stain using a cloth or sponge dipped in warm soapy water.
      • Rinse well and dry. If that stain remains, use a rust remover. Make sure it’s safe to resilient flooring when used according to package directions.
      • For items like stainless steel, follow these directions:
        • Rub the steel with a dampened piece of fine emery cloth and then rub it with a piece of onion.
        • Rinse well with warm water and then dry it thoroughly with the soft cloth.

While rust can be difficult to remove, it can be coaxed out with careful cleaning and proper vehicle maintenance. Taking care of your car’s interior and exterior is important not just for appearances but also because a rust-free car makes for a healthier environment and longer lasting parts.

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