How to Remove Rust From Shower Curtain Hooks

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What You'll Need
Lemon juice
White vinegar
Coarse cloth
Cotton buds
Paper towels

Removing rust from shower curtain hooks can be very time-consuming. The way the hooks are built and the presence of rollers can make a simple job hard.

Step 1 - Evaluate the Damage

Metal curtain hooks are pretty inexpensive. Decide whether the work you put in will even be worth it. Consider the amount of time that you will have to spend and what else you could have achieved with that time, and measure that against the low cost of new hooks.

Step 2 - Examine the Hooks

Examine the hooks carefully to assess the amount of rust, the damage it has already done and the locations of rust that might be hidden from view.

Step 3 - Superficial Rust

If the rust is only a light attack, it will probably rub off with little more than a rough cloth. At the worst ,it will require the application of metal polish with a soft cloth. A good metal polish will leave a rust-inhibiting surface behind when polished off.

Step 4 - Serious Rust

Serious rust is any rust that has attacked and reduced the surface of the metal. The rust will feel rough and might even flake off when you rub it with your fingers. Serious rust will weaken the object it attacks, so you will need to check that the rusty hooks will still support the weight of the cushion.

Step 5 - Homemade Rust Remover

Make up a batch of rust remover using:

  • 1 part mayonnaise
  • 3 parts lemon juice
  • 3 parts white vinegar

This is a very effective solution that will dissolve rust away down to fresh metal.

Step 6 - Drop the Hooks into the Rust Remover

There is no point in trying to clean rust off small objects like curtain hooks by hand. Even a simple curtain hook is fiddly to handle and difficult to control.

Step 7 - Remove the Hooks

Depending on how bad the rust is, leave the hooks in the rust remover for at least 3 minutes. If there is still rust present when you remove them, let them soak a little longer.

Step 8 - Dry the Hooks and Examine Them

Dry the shower curtain hooks on paper towels. If the hooks have any hollow sections, make sure that the remover is dried out of them. If necessary, use cotton buds. If there are still rusted areas, apply the rust remover on a coarse cloth and scrub well.

Step 9 - Polish the Hooks

Use a metal polish to add a shine to the hooks. Good quality metal polish will also help inhibit further rust.

Step 10 - Minor but Important Factors

If the hooks are spring-operated, you must ensure that the spring receives a small dab of light machine oil to prevent rust and keep it moving freely. If the hooks are suspended from the curtain poles with rollers to ease movement, give each roller a little oil, too.

Step 11 - Curtain Grommets

Clean the grommets in the curtain that the hooks connect to of any rust flakes that might be attached to them. These flakes can grind away at the hooks and weaken them.

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