How to Clean Rust From Metal Bird Baths

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Things You'll Need

  • Large sponge

  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Cloth

  • Garden hose

Metal bird baths are often affected by rust, which mars the appearance of the ornamental decoration. Removing the rust requires a product that provides enough abrasion to dislodge the rust without tarnishing or harming the metal. With the appropriate products and procedures, it's not difficult to remove rust from a metal bird bath.


Step 1

Soak up any water in the bird bath with a large sponge.

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Step 2

Combine 2 tbsp. cream of tartar with enough hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Apply a small amount of the paste to a damp cloth.


Step 3

Rub the rusted area of the bird bath with the paste, using small circular motions. Wipe the area with a wet sponge. Apply additional paste as needed to loosen all the rust spots. Wipe the rust and paste from the bird bath with a sponge.

Step 4

Rinse the bird bath with a garden hose. Fill the bird bath with fresh water.


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