About a month back, I dragged the kids out of bed early one Saturday morning to go yard saleing.
Yes, saleing is a word.
That’s when I got the paper sorter that became a rainbow.
Before I found the paper organizer, well before I even got out of the neighborhood, I also found a leopard print rug for $5, a rattan side table for $2, and a mid-century modern chrome chair for $2.
We had to make a pit stop back home before proceeding with yard saleing.
The rug was in great shape, I had to fix a leg on the table, but I was worried that the chair might have been a total waste. It was waaaaaayyyy rusted….
It was pretty much all over the entire chair.
I almost just tossed the chair, but then I remembered how Bar Keeper’s Friend had cleaned up the hardware on the radio turned bar cabinet so well. So, I gave it a whirl (and a lot of elbow grease) and ended up with this…
A sparkling, pretty much rust-free mid-century modern chair.
Y’all, I was shocked. Grunt Labor saw it and said “It doesn’t even look like the same chair.”
If he’s impressed, then its a win.
Here’s what I did.
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How to Remove Rust
- Old Rag
- Bar Keeper’s Friend
- Gloves are suggested, even though I didn’t wear them. Do as I say, not as I do.
Dampen the rag and shake a little Bar Keeper’s Friend onto it.
Rub the rag together to create a sort of paste.
Scrub down any areas with rust.
As you scrub, you will see your rag start to turn brownish-red from the rust that is coming off. Stop every once in a while, rinse the rag out and repeat the scrubbing process.
After you have removed all the rust, wipe the areas you cleaned down with a clean, wet rag, followed by a dry rag to avoid water marks.
Ready for some side by side action?
I spent about an hour removing rust from this chair, however I will say it was well worth it.
The rust on the ends of chair back just wouldn’t budge. I think they may have been made of something other than chrome.
There were also some tiny spots in the nook there that wouldn’t come off, but overall Bar Keeper’s Friend proved once more that it is a miracle product. In my opinion, anyway.
It also did a heck of a job polishing up the chrome.
You may also want to read these other cleaning tips:
Do you have any techniques for how to remove rust?
P.S. This post is not sponsored by Bar Keeper’s Friend. I just love the hell out of their product. 🙂
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