If you’re stuck in the icy grip of the polar vortex right now, it’s tough to think about outdoor furniture. The outdoors may only exist in your mind as that uncomfortable environment you trek through to get from your house to your car, and your car into your workplace.
But I come bearing a reminder that the outdoors are actually quite enjoyable for many parts of the year. Remember when the sun actually warmed you instead of only reflecting off the snow to blind you? Think back to the good times, when it was above freezing and your exposed flesh could survive contact with outdoor air. Those are the days when you wished your entire living room was outside.
Even in those halcyon days, it rains every now and then. And that rain can do a number on your outdoor furniture, and cause a lot of rust. Use the present time to get them back into summer shape. Here are a few tips to remove that pesky rust from your lawn furniture:
Rub the Rust Off
When you see something on your patio chairs that shouldn’t be there, your first instinct is probably to rub it off. Sometimes your first instinct is right. Rubbing some sandpaper or steel wool on the metal could be enough to do the trick and remove the rust.
If the rust proves to be stubborn, you can up the ante and come at it with a power sander or grinder. If you go the power tool route, be careful you don’t take the metal off with it. So don’t hold it in one place for too long.
There are plenty of rust-removing chemicals on the market that could save you some elbow grease and remove some of that stubborn rust. The drawback is that these chemicals can be pretty powerful, so be sure you don’t take a big gulp of air while applying it to your chairs. A mask and gloves are recommended. All you have to do is apply the chemicals with a paint brush, give it some time and then scrape off the goopy remains of the rust.
Try Converting It
This method is for when you’re sick of removing rust and think you can learn to live with it. Simply buy some rust converter – most hardware stores will have it – and scrape away the flaky paint to reveal the problem area. Apply the converter, which stops the spread of rust but doesn’t remove it, and wait for it to dry. Once it’s dry, you can paint right over top of it – no rubbing or potentially lethal chemicals needed.
Hire a Professional
If you realize the rust is too stubborn to remove yourself, or you don’t have the time or motivation to tackle it, consider calling in some skilled professionals to get the job done.
Regardless of what’s on the 5-day forecast, remember that warmer days are just ahead. To make the most of the welcomed, upcoming seasons, get your lawn furniture in shape by making a plan to remove that rust.