Rejuvenate Your Fireplace: Expert Tips for Eradicating Rust from a Metal Fireplace Screen
Caring for your metal fireplace screen is an important part of keeping your fireplace looking its best. Rust can build up over time and if you don’t take the proper steps to prevent this, you could be left with a rusty, unsightly screened area around your fireplace. Fortunately, there are some easy-to-follow steps to help remove rust from a metal fire screen, bringing it back to its original lustrous state.
First, take your screen outdoors and use a metal brush to run over the rusted areas to remove as much of the powder-like rust as possible. If you are unable to find one of these brushes, you can do the same thing by using an abrasive pad such as a Brillo pad. Make sure you use water and plenty of elbow grease. After each stroke, remember to wipe it completely dry so the rust won’t return.
Alternatively, there are a range of specifically designed rust-off cleaners you can use for more stubborn rust. Be sure to read all instructions for proper use and be sure to get any remaining rust off, as even the smallest powder particle can become worse if it remains on the metal.
After you have removed the rust, try to work at preventing it from coming back. Make sure your fireplace walls are sealed with nothing leaking around the fireplace, as this can cause rust to form on your metal fire screens, accessories and other items you may have. And remember, if you use your fireplace regularly, your metal fire screen won’t be as susceptible to rust.
In conclusion, it’s very easy to remove rust from a metal fireplace screen using a metal brush, water and some elbow grease. If you wish, you can also use special rust-off chemical cleaners, although it’s important to read the instructions and make sure all the rust is removed before drying the screen. Finally, you should ensure your metal fire screen is regularly in use and your fireplace walls have no leaks as this will help to prevent new rust from forming.