Introduction: Cleaning Up a Rusty Latch
Before I started this I did a quick google search for household products that can help clean up or dissolve rust.
These are the first results I encountered:
So, nothing too spectacular, guess I'll try.
- Baking powder
- White vinegar
- Something rusty
Step 1: Soak in Vinegar and Baking Powder
Put the rusty thing in a small container. Pour some vinegar on it and add some baking powder to add some fizz. (Really, it fizzes, it's cool.)
I don't think you need to let it soak for too long, but I left it overnight, which seemed to have softened the rust quite nicely for the next step.
Step 2: Scrub and Scratch
Next, just grab an old toothbrush, some scrubbing patches and start grinding. Some parts were dirty, so I scratched with an old screwdriver and the back of a knife.
This took me about half an hour to get most of the rust and filth off.
PS: try not to stab yourself.
Step 3: Clean, Kind Of
And that's it, really.
I'm thinking about adding some linseed oil as a layer of protection, but for now I'll just see how it evolves.