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Cleaning Rust from Cast Iron Antiques

Just got this how to from a person off of ebay. Don't know if it works but I guess its worth a try!

Cleaning Cast Iron Rust.
Don't know if this will be consider helpful or not but since these tend to sell better in good condition I thought I'd offer a tip on getting it cleaned fairly easily. :o)

Use olive oil and a little pile of salt! Heat the pan, pour in the oil then dump in a small pile of salt. Turn the heat off once the pan is quite warm and use the salt to scrub the rust out - and there you have it! Works on the inside and the outside as well but I do the outside of pans over the sink. The more rust the more work of course but it's a great way to salvage an old cast iron pan that could be worth considerable money. ;o) I've saved many pans from the garbage with this trick I learned from a chef, and made a lot of money off them once they were clean where nobody would touch them with that rust!

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Comment by Lora Lasater on May 16, 2010 at 11:03am
Thank you for this tip, I have a cast iron sun dial/bird bath with alot of rust and I was worried about harsh chemicals if I decide to use it as a bird bath. My grandmother's iron skillets thank you also!
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 24, 2008 at 11:04am
Sure would like to see all this good inforamtion also posted in the Group about care and repair of collectibles, thanks .....Dianne
Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on December 24, 2008 at 10:41am
I use "Naval Jelly". Brush it on, let it sit for a few minutes, use a very fine steel wool and off comes the rust. There are other ways also. Google "how to remove rust". Regarding using salt I would think it would be more abrasive and might scratch the surface of the item being cleaned.
Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 23, 2008 at 10:39pm
Hi Big T,
Thaks for your post. You can also post this in our new group Protecting Your Collectible Treasures: Care and Repair of Antiques and Collectibles (With a Twist of Humor) http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/protectingyourcollectibletreasurescareandrepairofa

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