As we’ve previously discussed, there are ways to protect your belongings in a storage unit and prevent them from rusting. That said, if you stored items without this knowledge, there’s no need to panic. While rust can be problematic, it’s also removable from many materials.

In this article, you’ll learn how to clean rust off your belongings. We hope this helps you as you endeavor to preserve your belongings for years to come.

How To Clean Rust Off Metal and Wood

As soon as you see rust on metal, you’ll want to start cleaning it off. Rust is actually the metal oxidizing process, which means that the rust can quickly wear away at the metal underneath.

In most situations, you’ll want to scrub the rust off using vinegar. However, if the rust is found on stainless steel, baking soda will be the best cleaning material.

While rust isn’t as corrosive on wood as it is on metal, it can still create an unseemly appearance. As with metal, vinegar is the best substance for removing rust from wood.

How To Clean Rust Off Fabric

You can clean rust off most clothes in the same way you’d clean it off metal: by applying vinegar. It’s important to note that you should not use bleach when trying to rid your clothes of rust. Besides not being particularly effective, bleach can actually make the rust stains worse.

The removal process is trickier when dealing with fabrics that aren’t meant to be washed. You may wish to bring it to a professional cleaner to ensure that the fabrics remain protected.

If you’d prefer to clean the rust off yourself, you should mix lemon juice and salt. You’ll want to apply it to a small, inconspicuous area first to see how the fabric reacts. Then, if the results are favorable, you’ll want to continually apply them until you get the results you’re looking for.

High Quality Storage Units in Kendall – Xtra Storage

If you’re looking for storage units in Miami, you’ve come to the right place. Xtra Storage offers four secure, temperature-regulated storage units throughout the Miami area, including our Kendall building.

Our Kendall location is located just North of the Falls Shopping Center off Galloway (87th Avenue) and 129th Terrace. We are a large, multi-colored warehouse that spans most of our block. If you’re ready to rent out space, or you have any questions about our units, don’t hesitate to call us at (305) 257-8925.