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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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4 Step-By-Step Directions To Remove Rust From Metal Blinds

by Darlene Jenkins

External blinds and awnings are ideal for keeping the hot sun's rays away from your home's interiors. Metal blinds are well suited to exterior windows, but rough weather conditions and improper maintenance can cause rust to form on them. Rust is a common compound known as iron oxide, which can cause your entire home to look tacky. This guide is designed to help you with step-by-step directions to remove rust from your external metal blinds.

Start By Scraping Out Rust As Much As Possible 

Begin the rust removal process by using an oscillating tool or sandpaper to scrub the rust from the metal surface. You can also use steel wool to scrape off the rust from the surface of your external blinds. Use a circular motion to get rid of as much rust as possible.

Apply Baking Soda To The Rusted Surfaces

Cover the metal with a paste of baking soda mixed with water. You simply need to add some water to a handful of baking soda before applying it to the surface for several minutes. Scrub this paste with a toothbrush and rinse the area with water. Baking soda is a good disinfectant that breaks down corrosion, so the application is likely to loosen rust from the surface of your metal external blinds.

Use A Damp Cloth Dipped In White Vinegar Over The Blind Surface

Follow this up by applying some white vinegar to the rust. White vinegar is a natural and non-toxic substance that contains acetic acid. This makes it easier to break down rust surfaces on metal. Vinegar mixes with the rust and dissolves it. A cloth dipped in vinegar can be used to rub off rust from the surface. At this point, the rust will drastically disappear from the surface of your metal blinds.

Apply A Lemon Juice And Salt Scrub To Tackle Stubborn Rust

Squeeze some lemon juice over salt and apply the mixture over stubborn rust stains that haven't disappeared yet with the previous steps. Let the mixture sit over the rusted surface for a few hours. Use the same toothbrush to scrub the metal surface of your blinds. Your rust stains will most likely disappear by now. You may have to repeat the steps a few times if the rust remains stubborn. Once you're satisfied that the rust is completely removed, you will simply need to wipe down the surface of your metal blinds with a damp cloth before letting it dry completely.

Regular cleaning for metal external blinds will keep rust at bay. If you do notice rust forming on your blinds, follow these steps to remove it.