Whether it is on a piece of garden furniture, a bicycle, a boat or even on your car, rust can leave a corrosive scar.  So, how best to remove rust once it has got a grip?

Not only does rust look unsightly, but it can also be very damaging to any metallic surface. The longer you choose to ignore it, the more corrosion you will have to face.  Here are some options to consider when you need to remove rust quickly and effectively:

1.   Try Vinegar

Acetic acid or citric acid should be your first choice if your rusted possessions can be easily soaked in a bowl or a glass. If, say, you want to remove rust from a bag full of screws, then all you need to do is place them in  a half-litre glass or bowl and pour some white vinegar or apple cider vinegar on them.

Once all the screws are completely soaked in vinegar, cover the bowl or glass and shake it gently.  Next, let the screws soak for about 24 hours. Your screws should look as if they were delivered to you straight from the factory.

2.   Head to the Bathroom

If you don’t have white vinegar at home, then you can use baking soda and an old toothbrush. Simply take a bowl or dish and pour enough baking soda and water into it to form a thick paste.

Apply the paste to the rusted object and then scrub away at the surface with an old toothbrush.

3.   WD-40 for Rust Removal

WD-40 multi-use product is a great counter-agent against rust and is a useful preventative measure as well. All you have to do is soak your rusted item in WD-40 and then scrub over it using a wire brush. Test small areas of your rusted object first, to check whether WD-40 damages it or not.

If you apply WD-40 regularly on surfaces that are prone to rust you will never see the rust return. If normal WD-40 products don’t seem to work as efficiently as you imagined, then you can also get yourself the WD-40 Specialist Penetrant. This product has been specifically designed to penetrate grime and rust so that it can be easily removed from any surface.

Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly if they come into contact with WD-40.