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4 Helpful Tips to Remove Rust from Your Cooking Appliances

25 June 2021

Cooking appliances such as cooktops, ovens, and rangehoods are vital to the operations of kitchens, especially when it comes to food preparation and area maintenance. But for them to last for a long time, they must be cleaned and maintained regularly. Failure to do these activities effectively can lead to their failure and getting damaged along the way.

One of the damages that cooking appliances can attain is corrosion. Most cooking appliances are made from metal materials. And since some metal surfaces can be sensitive to oxygen, moisture, electrical current, dirt, and bacteria exposure, they can eventually corrode and develop some rust. The problem with rust development is that it can weaken the surfaces of the cooking appliances. It can likewise affect the food quality, especially if the meals are prepared alongside rusty surfaces.

Fortunately, cooking appliances that have already developed some rust can still be saved and cleaned. Here are some tips that can remove rust from your cooking appliances.

Buy a Rust Remover

Retail establishments offer plenty of rust remover products today. But to make sure that the rust from your cooking appliances can be removed right away, you must purchase ones that contain oxalic acid. This specific acid can effectively alter the rust and convert it into a soluble form, which can be removed afterwards. Alternatively, you can look for rust remover products that contain citric and phosphoric acids. Take note, however, that these products can be dangerous to your bare skin, which is why you must wear some protective equipment to avoid obtaining injuries.

Utilise Baking Soda

One viable alternative to rust remover products that are being sold from retail establishments is homemade rust remover or cleaner. Homemade rust cleaners can be created by mixing baking soda and water. Once a paste is formed, you can then rub it onto the rusted parts of your appliances before scrubbing them with a cloth or plastic brush. 

Maximise Vinegar

Aside from generating a baking soda mixture, you can also maximise vinegar as your rust cleaner or remover product. You can use a brush, cloth, or plastic scouring pad to scrub the cooking appliances with vinegar. Alternatively, you can dip the parts of the cooking appliances on the vinegar or wrap them with a paper towel or rag that is soaked in vinegar. After soaking the parts overnight, you can finally rinse them the day after. Other rust removal options that you can use are salt, lime, and a paste of oxalic acid.

Scrap Off the Rust

Some cooking appliances have strong surfaces that cannot be easily damaged by abrasive tools. If you have these types of cooking appliances, then you may want to use steel wool, electric sander, or other rough metals to remove the rust. After scraping off the rust through this step, you must maintain the smooth finishing of the appliances’ surface through a fine sander. If your cooking appliances have protective coating or paint, you must apply a new layer of coating that can resist heat.

To know more about your cooking appliances, just give us a call at Master Tech Appliance Services.

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