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Three Common Ingredients That Will Remove Rust From Your Metal Garage Door

Freddie Kuhn

When moving out of a house you are renting, anything can make you lose a little or all of your deposit. It is important to clean and fix anything that isn't in the same condition it was in before you moved in, this includes the garage door. Rust on a garage door seem nearly impossible to remove. Don't fret! Luckily for you and your deposit, there are several common household ingredients that will remove rust from metal surfaces. Try one of the neat tricks listed below and you will have a new looking garage door in no time.


That's right! The same thing that helps you maintain that perfect white smile removes rust in a snap. Many types of toothpaste contain xylitol and baking soda. These two ingredients help to break down rust so it can be removed easier.

Mix half a tube of toothpaste with one-fourth cup of baking soda and apply it, liberally, to the rust stain. Let it sit for ten minutes. Scrub the toothpaste using a damp sponge. Using a circular motion while you are scrubbing away the rust will ensure that rust particles to spread to other areas of the garage door, making the clean up a little harder. When you are done scrubbing, just rinse it away with the garden hose.

White Vinegar

When it comes to tough jobs around the house, white vinegar can be used for them all and that includes rust removal. The cleaning properties in white vinegar can cut through rust without causing damage to your garage door.

Mix a cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle of warm water. Spray the solution over the rust and let it sit for ten minutes. After the ten minutes, spray the area again and wipe the area with a wet washcloth. The rust will come right off.


You wouldn't think this ingredient was anything but a condiment, however, it works wonders when removing rust off of a garage door. The acid that ketchup contains will help to rust to oxidize, making the removal fast and easy.

First, spray your garage door down with water. Apply an entire bottle of ketchup over the rust and let is sit for an hour or until it dries. When the ketchup has dried, scrub the area with a wet sponge. You may have to use a little elbow grease because dry ketchup can be a hassle to remove, but it will be more than worth it.

When you move out of your rental, you want to ensure it looks the same as before you moved it. Use one of the recipes listed above to remove the rust from your garage door. It will make the removal fast and easy and will leave the garage door looking like new. Contact a contractor, like http://shankdoor.com, for more help.