Quick Fix: Cleaning Rusty Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture can take a bit of a beating in the off-season, especially if it’s made of metal. And no one wants to get rust stains on their clothes during a fun summer gathering. There’s a quick and easy way to spruce up and help protect your outdoor furniture. Get rid of rusty patches using the same ingredients you need to make french fries: potatoes and salt!
Step 1: Do a little precleaning.
Use a clean cloth to wipe down the furniture to remove any excess dirt.
Step 2: Grab a potato.
Slice the potato in half with a knife and sprinkle a little salt on the surface of the potato, Home Crux says.
Step 3: Rub the potato on the rust.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, potatoes contain oxalic acid, which dissolves rust. Firmly rub the potato on the rust until it’s clean. Use a second clean cloth to wipe up any residue.
Step 4: Add a protective layer of car wax.
Avoid future rust by drying the furniture thoroughly, and adding a protective layer of car wax using a third clean cloth, Better Homes and Gardens recommends.
Shot of lightly rusted metal patio table and chair.
Wider shot of lightly rusted metal patio table and chair.
Shot of supplies: a potato, knife, salt, car wax and three clean cloths.
Hand wearing glove uses one cloth to wipe down metal table of excess dirt.
Hands use knife to slice the potato in half on cutting board. Then hands use salt shaker to sprinkle salt on the surface of the potato.
Hand wearing glove rubs the potato on a rusty area of the metal table until it’s clean. Hand wipes up rust or residue with a clean cloth.
Hand wearing glove rubs the potato on the rusty area of the chair arm or leg until it’s clean. Hand wipes up rust or residue with cloth.
Hand wearing glove uses clean cloth to apply car wax to table and chair.