Last week I picked up an adorable yellow Cosco stepping stool on CL for $15. I've always wanted one in yellow and it will now come in handy to get at those high items in my office.
The down side, it had speckles of rust all over the chrome legs because it had been stored in a moist basement. The solution? Well I used crumbled up aluminum foil and rubbed the rust right off without scratching. If you have something smaller people even suggest soaking the chrome item in cola, then crumple up some foil and use it to scrub the rust away. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry. Make sure you have something underneath to collect the rust dust, it gets kinda messy.