Things you will need:
cup or bowl of warm soapy water
a dry towel
Step 1: Grab Your Towel and the Warm Soapy Water
Dip your towel into the mixture and very lightly start wiping off any dirt and excess rust.
I also had a tag stuck on the lid of my tin that was not part of the original piece so I needed to take that off. I soaked the tag and let it sit for a few minutes. I then gently picked off the tag with my nail once the glue was loose enough from soaking.
Once you are done wiping down the entire item you need to make sure that you dry it very well to prevent any further rust damage.
Step 2: Applying the Oil
The last picture is of the restored piece and the untouched piece. This process really works without damaging or affecting the antique allure of these boxes. I hope that this inspires more people to restore these little pieces of history!