How to Remove Rust from Your Outdoor Furniture
Since 2015, the US has seen a boom in beautiful backyards, with new homes much more likely to incorporate outside space such as a patio, porch, or terrace. Along with the beauty of the American backyard comes the inevitable addition of accessories — such as comfortable furniture, garden décor, and the grill, of course.
However, if your outdoor accessories are either completely or partially made of iron, you’ll probably see some rust start to show. Rust happens commonly with iron due to the way it reacts with oxygen and moisture, two things which are a given in the great outdoors!
While rusting can happen, it doesn’t have to. When you choose to shop for outdoor furniture from Backyard Discovery, you’ll benefit from rust-resistant construction. Our rust-resistant furniture range is all carefully crafted using lab-tested materials proven to hold off against the elements. These galvanized items also require minimal maintenance, thanks to the protection against chipping, scratching, corrosion, and UV damage.
But, if you have other outdoor furniture and have spotted patches of pesky rust, all is not lost. There are steps you can take with very little expense to remove it. We explore some of these below.
DIY methods of rust removal
Almost all patio products available on the market are pre-treated for rust, but this doesn’t guarantee they’ll remain spotless forever. When left exposed and uncovered, outdoor furniture is subject to a lot of elements that contribute to the creation of rust.
There are, however, several handy hacks when it comes to treating rust, which are essential to know for any outdoor enthusiast. We take a look at some DIY rust-removal hacks for both the metal and fabric of your outdoor furniture pieces.
1.Low cost ways to remove rust stains from fabric
As well as ruining the look of your smooth metal surfaces, rust can wreak havoc on any fabric cushions or covers you might have. There are two great ways you can remove rust from fabric, with two simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. These are:
- Lemon juice: By either rubbing half a cut lemon directly onto the stain or making a paste of lemon juice and salt, you’ll be adding an acidic aid into the mix that helps lift the stain from the surface of your fabric.
- White vinegar: By spraying a small amount of white vinegar onto the affected area, you can remove rust stains.
2. How to remove rust from metal outdoor furniture
If your outdoor furniture has pesky patches of rust, the most important thing to do first is to clean down the area and remove the rust itself, taking the metal back to its bare, unpainted surface.
This will require an abrasive pad, such as wire wool or sandpaper, and might take quite some time. If you choose to work with a power tool when removing the rust, always be sure to wear the correct protective clothing and refer to the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.
If you don’t have any tools at hand and need a more accessible method of removing rust, you can also soak the affected area in cola, a paste of baking soda and water, commercial store-bought removers, or white vinegar. Alternatively, even potatoes have proven to be useful for rust removals, particularly when cut in half and sprinkled with some salt for extra abrasion!
3.Preventing rust on outdoor furniture
Once you’ve gone The Whole Fine Yards in removing the rust, you’ll want to ensure that it isn’t going to come back anytime soon! To protect your outdoor furniture against rust, we recommend doing what you can to ensure moisture doesn’t get to the metal parts.
For any metal that has to be exposed, you can use products such as paint and wax, and for any furniture that can be moved, we suggest either putting it in a garage or outbuilding, or covering it through the winter months or rainy periods.
Experts also recommend giving your furniture a deep clean once a year to keep it in its best condition.
Shop rust-proof outdoor furniture
When shopping around for outdoor furniture or kids’ outdoor play products, you could opt for a metal that has very little or no iron in it, and therefore will be less likely to rust. However, these metals (such as copper, brass, bronze, and aluminium) can be very costly.
Our galvanized steel outdoor furniture items includes the Ashford Traditional Steel Pergola, which is the ideal option for combining the traditional look and feel of classic materials with the convenience of modern engineering. This rust-resistant pergola also features a five-year warranty for complete peace of mind, as well as three powerports for easy phone charging and outdoor entertainment!
Shop rust-resistant furniture now or get in touch with one of our helpful experts.