How to get rid of rust on the refrigerator: the most effective ways

Alina MilsentLife
How to remove rust on the refrigerator

Rust on the outside of a white refrigerator is not just an aesthetic problem. If you don't remove it in time, there is a risk of damage to the equipment.

A reliable method of removing rust involves a simple three-step approach and offers a gradual increase in the intensity of the treatment. House Digest explains how to get rid of rust and extend the life of your refrigerator.

Why rust forms

Rust on a white refrigerator is mainly caused by oxidation, a chemical reaction involving iron, oxygen, and moisture.

This problem often occurs due to the natural aging process of the appliance, but rust can also be caused by a poor surface coating.

The problem can be further aggravated by scratches or dents on the outside of the refrigerator, which break the protective coating, allowing moisture to seep in and react with the metal elements. Small scratches create ideal conditions for the development of rust.

How to clean the refrigerator

The necessary ingredients:

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • warm water.

First and foremost, take care of your safety. Wear gloves to protect your skin from potential irritants.

Start by making a paste of baking soda and warm water and applying it liberally to the rust stains. The mixture needs time to work, so leave it on for about an hour, then take a soft sponge and gently scrub the area.

If that doesn't work, take it to the next level and use a cloth dipped in white vinegar. Apply it to the affected area and leave it overnight to loosen the rust. Then rinse the surface thoroughly with water and wipe it with a clean cloth. If you find any small scratches during this process, apply a small amount of paint designed for appliances.

In the most difficult cases, when the rust has penetrated deeply into the material, it is worth going professional and purchasing a rust remover based on oxalic acid. Follow the product instructions carefully to avoid damaging the refrigerator's finish.

How to prevent rust

Preventing rust is crucial to maintaining the appearance and functionality of your refrigerator.

Using a dehumidifier can significantly reduce the risk of oxidation, which leads to rust.

It is also important to regularly check your refrigerator for signs of damage or wear and tear.

Do not use products that contain bleach, alcohol, ammonia or chlorides when cleaning. Even disinfectants can damage your appliance.

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