12Mar 2014
Stain Removal: How To Remove Rust Stains From Your Kitchen

How to Remove Rust in the Kitchen

Given up removing that rust? Unlike more innocent stains, rust tends to leave the less knowledgeable majority of us thinking 'where to start?'. Rust forms when iron corrodes. Your kitchen and its appliances are especially susceptible since rust results from the presence of water or heavy air moisture.

While kitchen cleaning should include the drying of all benches, taps, sinks and dishes in order to reduce the chance of rust, most of us are blind to the necessity in reducing all water residue. While simple tips in prevention may serve us well in the future, it's likely your most pressing concern is getting rid of any existing rust on appliances and elsewhere. And thankfully it's not an irretrievable task.

Below is a quick step by step guide in how to remove all unpleasant corrosion marks from utensils, your kitchen sink's tap valve and dishwasher, to name a few. By following this natural method involving baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, a stiff-bristle brush and pumice, rust will vanish from all those key areas visible to guests and fellow occupants. 

1 -  Apply baking soda

Carefully pour baking soda on the rust stain. Hold the tip of the bag tightly in order to avoid spilling beyond the stain. When it comes to rusty utensils, it's advisable to apply squeezed lemon juice before baking soda, but generally, the baking soda should be applied first over most surfaces.

2 - Apply squeezed lemon juice

Apply either a squeezed lemon or pre-prepared lemon juice to the stained area. You will instantly hear the chemical reaction which signals you're just about halfway there. Be sure to cover the area abundantly enough since lemon juice can be difficult to squeeze out.

3 - Apply vinegar

Introduce vinegar to the scenario. Unlike lemon juice, bottled vinegar is easy to pour, so do so carefully without pouring too much. The best technique is to pour enough to full the bottle's lid before applying in light 'splashes'. One or two splashes is usually enough.     

4 - Scrub with a stiff-bristle brush

Scrub thoroughly with a stiff-bristle on top of the baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar. Should the rust stain remain hard to remove and resist your best efforts at scrubbing, however, refer to step 5.

In the case of oven cleaning, it is best to use a two-sided sponge when removing rust off shelves in order to wrap around and clean the individual steel rods thoroughly.   

5 - Polish with pumice

Because pumice is a strong and abrasive stone it will ensure any stubborn rust is removed. Polish slowly yet thoroughly, ensuring that you press down firmly on the precise stain areas.

The 5 steps above should suffice in covering all your kitchen's problem areas. It is worth stressing however that sites such as the inside of your dishwasher and the kitchen sink's tap valve should be cleaned at least once a week, especially as they remain areas one is likely to ignore. So make a routine habit out of cleaning these things. By contrast, utensils rarely require rust stain removal treatment, but never leave dirty forks, knives or spoons sitting in the sink for days on end and always dry wet utensils off whenever hand washing.

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