Let’s face it. Rust is a pesky problem. Not only does it destroy the effectiveness of your metal tools, but it can also cause them to break, and if they do, you’re going to buy new sets of tools eventually, which can cost you more money than you realize — quality tools don’t come cheap!
If you know a thing or two about removing rust from metal tools, you must also know how to keep them from coming back. And it is not as hard as you’d think.
We understand how frustrating it is to remove rust from your tools only to have the rust return within a few days or weeks, which is why we’ve listed five tips on how you can avoid rust in the first place.
Make sure your storage is dry and clean
Where do you store your tools? Do you keep them in a toolbox or a drawer? Wherever you store your tools, always make sure they are dry and clean—rust forms when iron or steel are exposed to moisture and oxygen. And also, watch out for dust in your toolbox or storage because it can attract moisture.
Clean your tools and keep them in good working condition
A dry and clean storage won’t be enough to keep the rust off your metal tools. You must clean and inspect your tools after each use. Grab a towel to wipe off leftover debris, dust, or grease, check if there’s rust build-up, and before storing them, you can use a lubricant like WD-40 to help prevent rust and corrosion. If you’re cleaning power tools, make sure to lubricate key parts (moving parts of your power tool) and do a deep clean regularly.
Invest in a dehumidifier to control humidity and reduce moisture
Moisture in the air is one of the most common causes of rust. If you live in a highly humid area, investing in a dehumidifier can help limit moisture in your storage area (whether it’s your garage or the basement). Dehumidifiers may be a bit expensive to purchase and operate, but if you have a lot of metal tools in your home that you’d want to be in good condition for years to come, it’d be a good investment.
Keep your tools organized
Separate your hand tools from your power tools. Power tools can store up dust inside, and if you store them together, that’s all it would take for an old hand tool to be more susceptible to rust. Plus, if you keep your tools organized, it’s much easier to find them when you need them.
There are many ways to remove rust from your tools, but keep in mind that it’s still best to prevent tools from rusting. Just be mindful of your tools and care for them properly so you can keep them in good working condition.