How quickly those shiny tools turn brown, obviously its all due to the constant use and not only that but eventually iron and steel will rust.
Wouldn’t you like to know how to clean your rusty tools? I am sure you would. You’ll get a few more extra tips as you go along.
Your garden and car tools can last a lifetime if taken care of the proper way. In this article find out awesome ways to prevent, clean and store your garden and car tools to keep them from rusting.
HOW TO PREVENT RUST
Most tools are made of steel and iron. When these are exposed to water and oxygen for a period of time will eventually rust. This is what happens to our plyers, hammers, shovels, forks, and screwdrivers.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Stainless steel, however, does not rust, what happens is your stainless steel corrode instead.
That’s a thumbs up for stainless steel. Rust is, or for a more scientific word “oxidation” happens when oxygen and water are combined with the iron, turning into rust.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR TOOLS
Wrap the rusty tool in vinegar-soaked paper towels. Place the wrapped tools in a plastic grocery bag. Allow the tools to sit for 1 hour. The vinegar will break down the rust making it easier to clean.
When the hour is up, remove the tools and use a stiff bristle toothbrush to brush away the rust.
The toothbrush is small in size will be able to reach into the small crevices of the tool. Rinse with warm water and dry well with a cloth.
HOW TO STORE YOUR GARDEN TOOLS
Build a rack on the wall using a PVC pipe 1-1/4 in” wide and a length of 2-inch diameter. Make holes that are 3 in” and 3-1/2 ” wide. You can improvise on the sizes based on the weight of the tools you plan to hang there.
Continue by using 1-1/4 in” screws (drywall) to hold these to a 2 x 4 attached to the wall. Ensure that all is crewed on tightly.
Thanks to ” Family Handyman” for those instructions.” Keeping your tools hanged and in a dry place will keep them rust-free so get creative in your own way and put together a suitable place to hang your garden tools.
STORING CAR TOOLS
Your car tool is very important and costly too. The way you take care of them will determine how long they last. Just like all other tools made from iron, these have to keep in a dry area.
Keep the tools into a tool bag that has ventilation. Storing your car tools in plastic containers such as igloos and buckets may result in rust. Laying them out on a flat surface will also work in preventing rust
You can mist your car tools with WD-40 to create an oily layer that will protect the tool from water and oxygen.