Iron, water and oxygen have the ability to mix in a powerful reactive force to form rust.
Rust is synonymous with corrosion, and once it begins, it’s easily spread, breaking down surrounding elements of the item ever so slowly. Consider the following quick tips to help protect your furniture against rust build-up.
Keep in a Dry Environment with Protective Covers
Moisture is a critical component in rust creation. If metal furniture is kept outside, rain and snow will readily react with naturally present iron (found in the furniture) and oxygen (found in the air).
Invest in a cover that serves as a protective layer for your items. At the very least, place furniture underneath a patio or porch roof to decrease contact with precipitation.
Clean Regularly with Warm Water and a Dry Cloth
Rust isn’t a reaction that happens instantaneously. It’s gradual.
Even if your items do not appear to be under distress, looks can deceive. You never know when a reaction could be bubbling under the surface. Assess your items on a regular basis and note abnormalities—discoloration, scratches or debris smudges.
Even if the item looks fine on the surface, clean gently with warm water and a cloth. Then wipe dry with another cloth to avoid moisture settling in. If soap is required, only use mild dish detergent to maintain the piece’s finish.
Sand Scratches and Scrapes
Even a little mark can lead to larger problems, as scratches leave room for dirt and dust to set in and an increased chance for rust to appear.
Should you find a scratch on one of your pieces, sand the area around it to level the surface. Once successfully sanded, add a layer of metal polish over the entire surface for a consistent finish.
What steps will you take to keep metallic items shining like new? Share with us in the comment section below.
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