piece of rusted metalOne of the major things we deal with at Ciano Development when refurbishing the used Bobcat machinery is rust. Rust is normal to see after years of use and with construction machinery, common since these machines are outside in different weather conditions. If you find rust on any metal surface of yours, you can use these helpful tips to remove the rust. What is great about these tips, is that all of the methods use house hold items for the rust removal. This can save you a good amount of money, rather than spending it on store bought products.

  1. White Vinegar – White vinegar is a great tool to use as it reacts with the rust over a period of time. This reaction will cause the rust to dissolve off of the metal. For small appliances/metal pieces, you can soak the metal area in vinegar for 24 hours to remove rust. For bigger pieces, try dipping aluminum foil in vinegar and use the foil as a scrub to take off the rust.
  2. Salt & Lime – Apply salt on top of the metal until there it is thoroughly coated. Take a┬álime and squeeze the juice on top of the metal, using as much juice as possible. Let this mixture sit for about 2-3 hours and use a toothbrush to scrub off the rust. The lime and salt mixture creates a reaction to make it easy to scrub off the rust.
  3. Baking Soda – A a solution of baking soda and water until the mixture is thick enough to spread. Once it is ready, spread the mixture on the metal and let it sit for a while. Then using a toothbrush, scrub off the mixture and it should take the rust along with it.
  4. Potato & Soap – You may be thinking, really? Yes, a potato. Cut a potato in half, use and soak the cut end in dish soap. What this does is, when placed on rust, makes a chemical reaction that will make it easier for rust to be removed. After you soak the potato, leave it on the rusted area for a few hours. Remove the potato then scrub off the mixture and rust.

If you are unsure of any of these methods, be sure to contact us today for more tips! In addition, we can inform you about our repair service as well as our rental program!

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