How to Remove Rust from Stainless Steel Appliances

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Things You'll Need

  • Non-scratch scouring pad

  • White vinegar

  • Water

  • Rags


Applying a paste made of salt and lime juice to the surface of stainless steel and allowing it to set will keep light rust under control.

Stainless steel appliances are not impervious to rust.
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The chromium content of stainless steel gives it a natural resistance to corrosion, including rust. When non-corrosion resistant material sits on the surface of stainless steel, rust can form on the surface of the metal. Although the rust will not eat through the metal, it does cause stains. These rust stains diminish the look of stainless-steel appliances, sinks and backsplashes. Removing the stains naturally beautifies the surface of your appliances while protecting the environment.


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Step 1

Examine the surface of the stainless steel appliance to determine the grain direction. The grain is a series of thin lines moving in the same direction.

Step 2

Saturate a scouring pad with white vinegar.

Step 3

Rub the scouring pad across the rust-stained surface of the stainless-steel appliance. Move the scouring pad in a straight line, matching the direction of the grain. Continue scrubbing until the rust stain is no longer visible.

Step 4

Pour water on a rag. Wipe the surface of the stainless steel with the wet rag. Dry the area with a clean rag. Allow the area to dry for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Again scrub the stainless steel if any signs of the rust stain remain on the appliance.



C.L. Rease

C.L. Rease , based in Texas, has been a professional construction and outdoor writer since 2003. His articles have appeared in The News-Press, a local Southwest Florida newspaper and a small Southwest Florida fishing magazine. Rease served a four year apprenticeship to become a union sheet metal journeyman and earned a construction management degree from Florida State University.