Battling Rust

How to battle rust on your hardware

No matter how well you care for your furniture, your cars, or your decorations, it seems like rust always gets the best of them. Don’t worry; this furniture cancer always gets the best of everyone. Instead, it’s knowing how to treat and remove it that separates the dollar signs. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to throw away your furniture and décor if you see a spot of rust. Here is how you can battle rust and restore your furniture to tip-top shape.

Removing the Rust – First things first, in order to restore your furniture, decorations, or hardware, you need to remove the rust. You can do this either by sanding it down or by using a metal tool to buff it off. Some common tools that do a great job of removing rust are steel wool and wire brushes, but really, anything made of metal will work well. Rust is weak and brittle, so apply some elbow grease and watch it all flake off. For those tiny knicks and crannies that you can’t reach, use a chemical rust remover. Just be careful: As chemicals can be damaging to your skin, wear gloves.

Restore – After you’ve removed all of the rust, it’s time to restore your furniture or décor. If you’re restoring a specific type of metal, make sure you treat it with the appropriate finish. If you want to repaint, make sure you use paint that is rust resistant; you don’t want to go through all that work again for a very, very long time.

When to Call it Quits – As easy and cost effective as battling rust can be, sometimes you need to know when to call it quits. For pieces in which rust has eaten the metal away to the point its structural integrity is compromised, it is best not to restore. Rust doesn’t only spread across a surface but also deep inside of it. If removing rust creates holes, or deep gauges in your furniture or decorations, we suggest replacing them. When it comes to hardware pieces, it is always best to replace them instead of trying to get them to come clean. Hardware keeps your furniture working and looking beautiful, so it’s best to replace them as soon as they become weathered.