Father’s Day Hacks – 3 Ways To Clean Tools

3-Ways-To-Clean-Tools

What to buy the dad who wants “nothing”? Our FREE guide is here to give dad hacks all year round – the dad way! This guide will offer the most effective ways to clean and remove rust from tools.

Rust is a product of a chemical reaction; the chemical name for it is iron oxide. It appears when the iron in tools is exposed with oxygen in the presence of water. Therefore, damp conditions for tools can be harmful and you should always try to keep your DIY tools away from moisture.

Acetic Acid Method

Acid is a great rust remover and can instantly clear small bits of rust.

You Will Need:

Acetic Acid 6%

Distilled Water

Bucket

Gloves

*Make sure you are wearing gloves and a long sleeve top at all times to protect your hands and skin*

Step 1

Place your tools into a bucket and pour the Acetic Acid 6% over the tools. (We suggest using a large bucket to make sure all the tools are soaked).

Step 2

Make sure the Acetic Acid 6% covers the tools completely and hits all areas.

Step 3

Leave to soak for one day.

Step 4

Pour out the Acetic Acid 6% and rinse with Distilled Water.

Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate Method

Sodium Bicarbonate causes dirt and grease to dissolve in water, making this a very effective rust remover and all round cleaner.

You Will Need:

Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate

Distilled Water

Bucket

Brush

Step 1

Pour Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate into a large bucket. 

Step 2

Add Distilled Water to create a paste-type mixture.

Step 3

Apply the paste to the rusted area and let it sit for a few hours.

Step 4

Once the tools have soaked, scrub the paste off with a brush.

Oxalic Acid Method

Oxalic acid is one of the most used ways to clean tools, it is effective in removing rust because it converts most insoluble iron compounds into a soluble complex ion.

You Will Need:

Oxalic Acid Dihydrate 99.6%

Distilled Water

Bucket

Gloves

Safety Googles

*Make sure you are wearing gloves and a long sleeve top at all times to protect your hands and skin*

Step 1

Put on your googles and rubber gloves. It is important to protect your hands, eyes and skin while using this product.

Make sure to choose a well-ventilated area. You could open a door or window

Step 2

Start by washing the tools following the Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate method as shown above. This will thoroughly cleanse away the dirt and oil on the tools.

Step 3

Add one gallon (4 liters) of Distilled Water to a container. Your container should be large enough to hold the Distilled Water and your tools.  If you need more Distilled Water, then adjust the amount of acid to match the water quantity.

Step 4

Add three tablespoons (45 milliliters) of oxalic acid to the Distilled Water. Carefully mix the acid into the water. Be careful not to splash the acid onto yourself or the surrounding work area.

Step 5

Soak your tools in the container. Add your tools to the acid solution and leave them to sit for 20 minutes. The acid needs time to break down the rust. TOP TIP: When you’re using oxalic acid, you do not have to scrub the rust. The acid does all of the work to remove the rust.

Step 6

Rinse and dry the tools. Wash away the remaining acid in clean water, and then completely dry the tools with a cloth. Your tools are now ready to use or store. Please Note: If your tools still have water on them, then the rust could return.

**PLEASE COMPLETE A PATCH TEST ON ALL THESE PRODUCTS BEFORE USAGE, APC PURE DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE USAGE OF THE ABOVE PRODUCTS**

 

 

 

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