An Essential Guide to Taking Care of Your Metal

It’s more important that you think to look after your metal. And no, as much as I love it, I’m not referring to heavy metal music. I’m referring to the substance that is found all around your property. The stainless steel of your cutlery. The hinges, screws and handles of your doors. The furniture in your garden. Your pots and pans. There’s even the steel that may be in your home’s infrastructure to consider. Your car is probably the biggest metal object you own.

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In short, you’re technically responsible for a lot of metal! Many of us don’t tend to think about this much. After all, many homes are either so modern that the metal is brand new, or the metal is of such a high quality that no problems have ever emerged.

Emphasis, there, on the word problems. If you’re not keeping an eye on the metal in your home, there are a number of them you could run into! So here’s a quick guide to ensuring you’re looking after all that correctly.

Get rid of that rust

Rust is probably the most famous problem with metal. In fact, when people see rust they don’t tend to do anything about it. They consider it just something that metal naturally does over time. But rust can be prevented. What’s more is that it should be removed if you see it. It can corrode metal over time and cause problems with your water. And if you scratch yourself on a rusty object, then you’re at risk of infection.

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When any metal becomes wet, dry it as soon as possible. If there’s rust, either dispose of the object or looking into sand blasting. You can also use rust remover or rust primer to keep the metal clean and protected.

Getting it decorated

When people think of metal, they think of a limited range of colours. Silver and grey, mostly. It’s why people tend to paint their metal objects quite often. The metal benches in the garden, the grates of storefronts and certain parts of cars often get the paint treatment.

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It’s not uncommon for this paint to peel or disintegrate over time. You can look into repainting metals with this problem, of course. But there is another option. Services like Custom WyteLyne powder coating can provide a more durable alternative to liquid paint.

Keeping it scratch-free

The stainless steel in your home is, in all likelihood, quite heavily scratched! The inside of your sink, your cutlery, your fridge – these items are the most common sufferers. It probably doesn’t bother you too much. But once you remind yourself what they looked like when they were new, you’ll find it hard not to care in future!

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Thankfully, you can restore scratched metal quite easily. Applying vegetable oil then using a non-metallic abrasive pad can work out most scratches. If the scratches are a little more prominent, you can use sandpaper. Whatever you do, make sure you’re rubbing along the grain on the steel. Those are the ‘lines’ that appear to be going up or down. Not all steel has grain lines, but pay attention if your does!

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