Hey all, I've been spring cleaning in the garage and have a bunch of tools that have seen better days. What's the best way to clean them up and get rid of rust?
I inherited and respect all my Father’s post and pre-war tools .. and 90% are still in good working condition. They are ever lasting-reliable-strong-well made and still work. Admittedly they use a little more “elbow grease” in some circumstances (that is when my power tools come to hand).
Although very feminine - I use my Father’s tools a lot and love doing so and from a young age was an apprentice DIY’er .. unknown then for little gals! Used to help him in the garage instead of playing “dolly and pram” with the girls. (Brings back memories)
OK .. OK .. back to the subject at hand: I found these tips very handy .. they work for me .. put a little more elbow grease in rubbing .. but I can use the tools at hand.
Soak any rusty object in a mixture of Vinegar and Table Salt over night. 1 Tablespoon of Salt for Every Cup of Vinegar and the Rust will Fall off!
Brilliant post @BibbyKat, I'd never heard about adding Table Salt to the White Vinegar, but I'll definitely be doing it next time I come across a rusty old treasure.
When you brought up tools from the olden days, it struck a chord with me, they definitely weren't made for the dainty, but they were built to last forever. I now regret that when my Dad upgraded from our heavy, cast iron Ogden push mower, to a self-propelled Qualcast roller mower, that I took to the new mower, & didn't give a thought about keeping the good ol' pushie.
Thanks for sharing.
Hi .. Yes "Treasure" .. great word and describes the old tools very well and "yes" they do last forever.
I still have the old pushie hand mower that my parents purchased in the mid 50's!
Unfortunately, my Mother left it outside and it has rusted up something pitifully. Shame .. this is a job I cannot handle. So this "treasure" sits under-cover in the garden as a "feature".
Things that are "old" can still be useful and beautiful and meaningful!
Here's a link to Gardening Australia's recommended garden tool maintenance: