Antique metal is still available today in many forms. Serving dishes, jewelry, toys, tea sets, furniture and other items both large and small. In most cases, antique metal was not made with protective coating to prevent rust. This means that when the antique metal is exposed to a lot of moisture, rust may develop. There are a few ways to remove rust from antique metal and restore it to its original appearance.
Scrub off the rust stains. Use a scrubbing pad to remove the surface rust. For small rust stains this may be all that is needed to get rid of the rust.
Apply white vinegar to the rust stains with a paper towel. Leave the vinegar on the rust for 10 to 30 minutes. Then scrub off with the scrubbing pad. Wipe the area clean. Dry completely. White vinegar is a safe home cleaner. The ascetic acid in the vinegar helps to break down the rust on the antique metal.
Make a paste by combining 1 part lime juice with 2 parts table salt. Apply the paste to the rust stains with a paper tower. Leave the paste on the rust for 2 to 3 hours, according to the Earth Easy website. Then remove the rust with a scrubbing pad. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Dry thoroughly.