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Ever since she was a young girl, my sister has been interested in agriculture. After graduating with a degree in agriculture education, she accepted a teaching position at a local high school. For the past three years, she has been amazing her students with her knowledge about subjects such as raising beef cattle, growing flowers, and canning fruit preserves. Since she has a sweet tooth, canning fruit preserves is one of my sister’s favorite pastimes. If she ever has the time, she may even launch her own home based business canning fruit preserves to sell to customers. If you’re considering canning jams, jellies, and other sweet goods to sell to customers, you will need to invest in some state-of-the-art industrial equipment. On this blog, you will discover the types of industrial equipment that are necessary to start a canning business.

Satisfying a Sweet Tooth

Steps For Removing Rust And Corrosion On Your Old Hose Fittings

Malou Leffers

While working on an industrial site, you may come across old, corroded hose fittings you need for completing a job. Because you may be unable to use them as they are, you may be trying to find a way to remove the oxidation making them stick together. If so, follow the steps below to use vinegar, steel wool, and mineral oil to remove the rust and protect them from further corrosion.

What You Will Need

  • Large container
  • One-half cup of white distilled vinegar
  • Two soft mechanic's or chamois cloths
  • Steel wool
  • Three drops of mineral oil for each fitting

Soaking corroded fittings in vinegar helps break down the rust before scrubbing them with steel wool. Once the oxidation is removed, the mineral oil coats the metal and helps prevent further oxidation.


  1. Pour the white distilled vinegar into the container.
  2. Place the hose fittings in vinegar. If the liquid does not cover the fittings, add more vinegar until they are submerged.
  3. Leave the fittings in the vinegar for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the fittings and pat them dry with your mechanic's or chamois cloth.
  5. Place the fittings on your other cloth and let them air dry. Allowing the rust to dry before the next step makes removal of the corrosion easier, since it does not gunk up like it does when being scrubbed while wet.
  6. Use the steel wool to scrub the fittings, using small circles.
  7. Wipe away the loose rust.
  8. If any corrosion remains, repeat the steps above until the fittings are clean.
  9. Once the rust and corrosion are removed, soak them in vinegar for an additional five minutes.
  10. Remove the fittings and wipe them dry, allowing them to air dry for an hour.
  11. Place the drops of mineral oil either on your cloth or fingertips, depending on the size of the fitting's interior. You may find it easier to cover the metal with your finger if the fitting is small.
  12. Completely cover the fitting with the oil, ensuring you get it into each crevice. If the fitting is larger, you may need to use another drop or two of the oil.
  13. Set the oiled fittings on the cloth until the oil is soaked into them.

After following the above steps, you should be able to use the hose fittings without any problems. However, if the oxidation has caused deterioration of the metal, you may need to contact an industrial supplier like Hose Pros- 24 Hour Mobile Hydraulic Hose about replacing the fittings on your equipment.