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Cleaning Rust Off Steel
Steel is a metal alloy composed of mostly iron, mixed with carbon or another metal. Rust is a result of iron being exposed to air and moisture which causes the metal to oxidize. Because steel is mostly iron, it will corrode. This is a significant problem because steel is one of the most common building materials in the world. Various types and grades of steel are used in manufacturing all kinds of fasteners, machines, cars, tools, appliances, and equipment, plus structures such as buildings, bridges, ships, cars, etc.
Steel can be protected from rust in manufacturing if it is galvanized. Galvanized steel is covered by a thin coating of zinc. The life of the protection depends on the thickness of the zinc coating.
Stainless steel is rust- and stain-resistant because it is manufactured with added corrosion-resistant metals, such as chromium. Stainless is popular because, in addition to resisting rust, it is attractive, easy to clean, and hygienic for food preparation. If you do see rusty stains, it is most likely that some other metal left the stain behind. There are many types of stainless and some grades are more rust-resistant than others.
Safely Removing Rust From Steel
If you already have a corrosion problem, RustAid Rust Remover is a safe and cost-effective solution for removal and clean-up. RustAid is specially formulated to react with iron oxide to neutralize and remove stains from almost any surface, including steel. Once you have cleaned up the problem, be sure to take measures to prevent rust from returning by following these simple rust-prevention guidelines.
Preventing Steel From Rusting
Because galvanized and stainless are more expensive than the basic metal, quite often metal surfaces, tools, and equipment are unprotected from rust. The key to avoiding corrosion is to reduce exposure to oxygen and moisture by following these simple tips:
- If possible, purchase corrosion-resistant galvanized or stainless steel.
- Store steel-containing metal items indoors if possible.
- Thoroughly clean and dry all steel surfaces after use.
- Remove organic debris (grass clippings, soil, leaves) from garden tools and equipment.
- Protect outdoor steel items with a coat of paint or a protective clear coat material.
When rust occurs despite your best efforts, RustAid rust removal products will come to the rescue.