Many people have metal garden furniture out on their patio. And, when it starts to rust, often after a damp winter season, we are often tempted to just throw it out.

WD-40 is a multi-use and non-corrosive product that can help to clean rust and keep things rust-free in future.

But, there are also several common household products that you can use and here are some DIY tricks to consider:

Aluminium Foil and White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most effective household products that can be used to clean rust.

First of all, spray WD-40 Multi-Use-Product on the rusted area and wipe it with a cloth to remove any dirt and grease. Now, sprinkle some vinegar on the furniture and dip a piece of  aluminium foil in vinegar as well.  Then, using the foil,  scrub the rusted area until you see the rust coming off. This might take some time and you will have to put in some serious elbow grease!

Lime and Salt

The lime juice activates the salt crystals and makes rust soft and easy to clean. Sprinkle some salt on the rusted area and then, sprinkle lime juice on it. Keep adding salt and lime juice, until you have formed a thick layer. Let the layer settle and leave it on for two to three hours. Now, remove the salt with lime rind and wipe the surface, making sure to dry it completely.  If you don’t have limes, you can use lemons instead.

Finally, spray WD-40 onto the surface and lubricate the entire area.  WD-40 will prevent moisture build-up, and will help to keep the surface dry and rust-free in the future.

Potato and Dish Soap

It might sound weird but these ingredients really do the trick if you are looking to clean rust away.  The steps for initial cleaning are the same as for foil and vinegar.  First, use WD-40 to clean all the rusty surfaces and make sure that there is no dirt left behind.

Now, cut a potato in half and rub dish soap all over it. Use this half open potato as a scrubber and rub it over rusted areas. For the corners, create a mixture of potato juice and dish soap, and pour it on the corners. You can either use a hand brush or a scrubber to reach these areas.

Baking Soda and Water

The combination of baking soda and water is the same as lime juice and salt. You need to create a thick layer on rusted areas and then allow time for it to work, before wiping it off with a clean cloth.

WD-40 Multi Use Product

In all cases, using WD-40 after you have cleaned off the rust is highly recommended to help keep the furniture in top condition.  WD-40 can also be used to lubricate rust-prone parts like table legs or arm-rests which may have got stuck – within a few minutes they will work smoothly again.

So, next time when you see even a little rust appearing on your garden furniture, use these tricks and WD-40 to remove the rust and keep it at bay.