Thursday, June 23, 2011

Removing chrome rust


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.

7 comments:

cheryl oz said...

The product Barkeepers Friend works great too on chrome!

Mandi said...

great! Thanks for the tip!

Anahera Moon said...

thats awesome!! thanks for the tip, we have my grandmothers almost identical lemon yellow one in our kitchen too and i have always meant to look into how to get the rust off! :-)

christa p said...

what a great tip! i've just been living with the rust speckles on some of my vintage items...

FineLine Antiques said...

This is SUCH a great tip - and eco friendly! I have a great mid cnetury dining chair lurking in the back of my basement that I have been wanting to clean up, but just didnt want to break out chemicals. I will try this! thanks so much!

Conquistahore said...

Great tip. I completely rehabbed one that I purchased for 10 bucks at thrift a few years ago. I did a series of posts on my website about the project, and here's the final result: http://retropopplanet.com/2009/10/12/why-do-it-the-hard-way-rest-easy-on-a-cosco-stool/

Atomic Livin Home said...

Great advice!

Great stool, too! :)