Stainless steel flatware can develop rust if you keep it in storage for a long time. This is especially the case if the place where you store it is damp and moist. Rust can ruin your stainless steel flatware collection. The good news is that you can easily remove the rust from the spoons, knives and forks by using simple ingredients that you may already have at home. Follow the steps that are provided below to learn how to do this.
- Prepare your flatware. Prepare your flatware and inspect the areas where rust is forming. You need to know where the rusty parts are so that it will be easier for you to clean later on. Prepare a container and place all the rusty flatware inside.
- Soak in solution. Fill the container with warm water. The flatware should completely be submerged in the water. Add a cup of baking soda in the water and mix it until the powder has been dissolved. Allow the flatware to soak in the container for about an hour or two. You can let the flatware sit in the solution longer if the rust is thick.
- Prepare cream of tartar solution. While soaking the flatware in the baking soda and water solution, you can already prepare the paste that you will use to clean the flatware after removing the rust. Get a small container and add 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice with ¼ cup of cream of tartar powder. Mix the 2 ingredients together until you form a paste. The acidity of the lemon juice mixed with the cream of tartar will remove the remaining rust and will give your flatware a nice shine.
- Using the paste. Remove the flatware from the baking soda and water solution. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and dab the bristles on the paste. Scrub the paste on the parts of the flatware where there are still spots of rust left. Do not rub the flatware vigorously so that you won’t have scratches on the flatware.
- Clean the flatware. When the flatware is free of rust, you can already clean it. Rinse the flatware using the solution where you soaked the flatware earlier. Be sure to remove the paste from the surface of your flatware. After cleaning, use a clean cotton rag to wipe off the water from the flatware. You can also use a steel polishing rag instead of your regular rag so that there won’t be fibers left on the surface of your flatware.
- Protect your flatware. To protect your flatware from developing rust in the future, you can wipe them down with stainless steel polish. You can purchase this from your local hardware store. Use a clean and soft rag to apply the stainless steel polish on each piece of the flatware.
Now you know how to remove rust from your stainless steel flatware. Store your flatware in a dry place to avoid it from forming rust. If you store the flatware in the original container, you can place silica gel packets in the container so that it can absorb the moisture present inside.