Stainless steel & metal cooker/hotplate starts to rust due to water & air exposure.
- Visibly unpleasant, bad first impression, not good for rental potential of your property.
- If left untreated, the metals will be further corroded & porous.
A chemical agent & a scrubbing tool is needed to get rid of the rust. You will also need a disposable wiping cloth/ napkin.
I used Autosol brand metal polish.
- You can purchase a set of wire brushes that has different hardness. You want to try with the softest first and gradually move up to a harder brush if the stains are stubborn. Be careful not to use a wire brush that is too hard, you might damage and scratch your appliance.
- An old flat head screwdriver to really scrape off super stubborn stains.
Disposable wiping cloth:
- The best is to use an old cloth that you don’t use and throw it away afterwards. I cut small portions of an old towel.
- If not, you can use a good quality kitchen towel that is not easily torn.
- Squeeze some of the Autosol on the affected area (about how much you would use on a toothbrush) and start brushing and swirling the product around the affected area. You want to make sure that the rust is adequately covered with the product without being excessive.
- Let the product ‘eat in’ into the rust for about 5 mins.
- Start brushing the rust away. The Autosol product will turn brown as it dissolves the rust.
- Use your wiping cloth to wipe away the first wave of rust & product. You can see a visible difference.
- Usually 1 application is not enough, you have to keep repeating this whole process several times to get rid of most of the stains. If you have tried more than 3 applications, chances are, that’s the most you can do with this method.
Watch this hyper lapse video on how I did it:
Clean up the appliance and make sure there are no more excess products. Then spray WD-40 and wipe it around to act as a protective coating.
- Cost: RM15/USD 3.5
- Time: 30 mins
- Personal satisfaction: 8/10
- How pissed was I during this whole process: 1/10