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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.

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5 Steps To Getting Rust Off Your Hose Fittings

Malou Leffers

Stainless steel is known for being resistant to rust thanks to the chromium oxide layer that coats it. However, stainless steel hose fittings constantly come into contact with water and are therefore particularly susceptible to rust development.

Over time, the protective layer that usually prevents stainless steel from corroding can wear away with heavy use. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to get rust off of your hose fittings and keep it off for a long time with the following five-step cleaning process:

1. Disconnect hose parts and remove fittings when possible

You''ll need to disconnect your hose so that you can get at all of the metal fittings. Clean any dirt and debris off and inspect fittings to pinpoint the spots that are the most severely corroded. 

2. Soak ends and fittings in distilled white vinegar

Many different acidic substances can be used to remove corrosion from stainless steel. However, distilled white vinegar is particularly ideal because it is cheap and readily available. 

To begin the rust removal process, place hose ends and stainless steel fittings in a bucket and fill it with distilled white vinegar. Make sure all the metal areas that are affected by rust are submerged. Then, leave fittings soaking for several hours. 

3. Scrub with steel wool

While simply soaking stainless steel in vinegar will work away some of the rust, you'll probably have to do some scrubbing to get it all off. Using steel wool is a good idea because it can work stuck-on materials off of stainless steel.

If you've spent a considerable amount of time scrubbing and your stainless steel hose parts are still covered with rust, you can try soaking again and repeating the scrubbing process. It might take time, but even the most severely corroded hose pieces can be rust free if you repeatedly soak and scrub them.  

4. Rinse and dry

Once you've removed all of the rust, you can rinse the vinegar off of hose parts. Afterwards, it's important to dry everything off before you move on to the next step. 

5. Coat fittings with oil or petroleum jelly

Once you've gotten your stainless steel dry, you can rub mineral oil or petroleum jelly over it to provide a protective layer that will prevent future rust development.

For the most effective protection, you'll want to work the oil or petroleum jelly don't into thread grooves on hose attachments. Mineral oil and petroleum jelly will naturally wear off over time, but you can reapply these substances whenever you like to prevent any recurrence of corrosion. 

To learn more about stainless steel hoses, contact a company like Liberty Hose & Supply Inc