How to Remove the Rust Stains From a Concrete Driveway


Rust is an annoying problem that can eat away at metals. When a metal item---such as tools, car parts or cans---is left on concrete for long periods of time they can leave behind a stain. Rust stains on concrete driveways are not uncommon but they can be difficult to remove. There are a few rust removal methods that can get rid of those stains and restore the look of your concrete driveway.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff broom
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Water hose
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Unsweetened lemonade mix
  • Distilled water
  • Iron removing product
  • Plastic container
  • All-purpose flour
  • Plastic spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Paint scraper

Vinegar Rust Stain Removal

  • Remove the surface dirt and debris from your driveway by sweeping the area with a stiff broom.

  • Pour distilled white vinegar directly on the rust stain. Allow the vinegar to work into the stain for several minutes.

  • Add more vinegar to the rust stain. Scrub the area with a stiff bristled brush until the rust stain is gone.

  • Rinse the driveway with a water hose.

Lemonade Rust Stain Removal

  • Pour ½ gallon of water in a pot. Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat.

  • Stir in 1 packet of unsweetened lemonade mix until it is thoroughly dissolved.

  • Pour half of lemonade directly on the rust stain.

  • Scrub the lemonade and the rust stain with a stiff bristled brush. Add more of the lemonade to the stain if needed.

  • Continue scrubbing until the rust stain is gone. Rinse the driveway with a water hose.

Rust Stain Removal

  • Dampen the rust stained area with distilled water.

  • Pour an iron removing product to a plastic container. Add all-purpose flour to the container until a thick paste with the consistency of peanut butter is formed.

  • Spread the paste ¼ in. thick on the rust stain with a plastic spoon. Cover the stain with plastic wrap. Tape the edges of the plastic wrap down. Allow the paste to dry for 24 hours.

  • Remove the plastic wrap. Scrape the paste off the concrete driveway with a paint scraper.

  • Rinse the driveway with a water hose.

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