A most common scene for even a seasoned gardener- go on to gardening, clipping, thinning, pruning, hoeing, and lastly- forgetting one or two tools there on the garden while returning. And the result is rusty garden tools. I bet you won’t find a gardener who hasn’t have experienced this! So, here we go, today I am going to discuss the easiest ways to clean the rusty garden tool, without a fudge.
There are many ways to clean your favorite garden tools attacked by rust. I have done tons of researches and finally listed the easiest ones-
Soaking in Vinegar solution
If you find any rusty garden tools, soak them in a weak vinegar solution. Use 1:1 proportion of vinegar and water to make the solution and put the rusty tool in the solution for 24 hours.
Citric acid solution
In case of cleaning rust from either large parts and tools or cleaning tools in large quantities, gardeners often prefer a 3 % citric acid solution.
Using Cola And Strong Black Tea
Researchers have long discovered that cola drinks and strong black tea have an acidic quality which might be used to clean rusty tools. Some seasoned gardeners’ advice to use cola or strong black tea instead of citric acid and vinegar for their cheap rates and easy availability.
While removing rust from your gardening tools, try minimizing the scrapping. To minimize scrapping try light circular motions in repeated time until you get a satisfactory result.
Rust always kills the sharpness of your gardening tools. So, before storing them after removing the rust, focus on sharpening the edges. You might choose either of these options-
Finally, test the sharpness of your tools on a plant. If you get a satisfactory result, store it in a dry and cool place after oiling it to avoid further rust attack.
Instead of putting so much effort to clean rust from your garden tools, follow these simple steps to avoid rust-
Before you start removing rust from your gardening tools, make sure that the tools are free from debris and other wastes. Clean them with water to remove the debris away. Then inspect for any probable damages caused by the notorious rust. You might use a leaf blower to clean the tough debris.
Rust easily gets over the gardening tools. However, to get a satisfactory performance and a long lifetime of your gardening tools, avoid storing them in wet condition to stop rust doing its job. And inspect carefully whenever you use your tools to see rust attack and remove them immediately if found.