Garden tool rust prevention is essential for any budding horticulturalist (or weekend warrior).

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Gardening can quickly sap your energy, and we’ve all been guilty at some time or another of leaving gardening tools outside or tossing them in a tool box without a proper clean. But rusty tools are potentially hazardous. At minimum, they won’t work as well. Some gardeners shell out hundreds to replace rusted tools every season, while others simply give up. Beyond that, a simple slip of a rusted tool could leave you nursing a nasty cut (and rust in a wound bolsters the risk of infection, possibly with tetanus).

Taking good care of your tools (particularly pruning shears, which gum up easily and rust in short order) need not be a hassle or come at a premium. Zerust toolbox anti-rust technology – which includes toolbox drawer liners, vapor capsules for tool boxes and plastabs – helps keep your trowels, saws, hoes, hori hori knives and loppers in the best possible condition.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of search engine results for “how to get rid of rust on garden tools,” with DIY bloggers offering up a range of approaches, from vinegar mixes to sanding. We can’t vouch for those recommendations. What we CAN say is it’s unquestionably easier to protect tools from rust before it takes hold, as opposed to trying to get rid of it once it’s formed. Read More ›

If you live in a cooler climate, chances are you aren’t giving much thought to your air conditioner right now. You should. air conditioner cover

Air conditioner covers can help prevent system failures that require expensive repairs and replacement. Protecting your HVAC unit is important not just for winter, but year-round. While your air conditioner may be equipped to endure rain and snow, it’s probably not built to keep out leaves and other contaminants. These elements contain moisture that can inhibit the system’s built-in drainage components, resulting in corrosion. If you live in a warm, coastal environment, a good air conditioner cover is a must to fight corrosive salt in the air.

CED Engineering reports corrosion is responsible for 40 percent of all equipment failures of industrial HVAC units. It’s worth considering similar damage to residential outdoor air conditioning units. Read More ›

Deer hunting rifles are en route to storage with the close of the 2017-2018 season. Chances are, you’ve invested enough money in that rifle to want to avoid finding a rust bucket when preparing for the next excursion. The good news is preventing rust is much easier than tracking down a white-tailed buck.rifle rust prevention

Using the best firearm rust prevention tools is important for protecting your investment, but also for keeping you and your hunting companions safe. Gun rust and corrosion are well-established causes of dangerous firearm malfunction.

The internet is packed with “do-it-yourself” firearm rust removal tutorials. These range from questionable (scraping with an old penny) to wacky (soaking the weapon in soda). Cheap? Sure. Effective? Rarely. Worse? You’re risking further damage to your rifle. Preventing rust before it forms is almost always better than trying to get rid of it once it’s already taken hold.

Firearm rust prevention experts at Zerust offer a range of methods guaranteed to preserve your deer hunting rifle – without pinching your pocketbook. These include proper cleaning tools, VCI rifle bags and vapor capsules for weapons and ammunition.  Read More ›

Whether a sparkling silver necklace or a valued set of antique serving platters and cutlery,  keeping your silver collection free from tarnish and ensuring these cherished pieces remain in excellent condition for the next use need not be time-consuming or expensive.anti-tarnish silver bag

Anti-tarnish silver storage bags from Zerust can protect smaller items, while anti-tarnish drawer liners and anti-tarnish vapor capsules can be placed into existing drawers, boxes, storage cabinets or containers.

Why Does Silver Tarnish?

Tarnish on silver is the result of a chemical reaction. It’s basically a type of corrosion that forms over metals. It can be caused with mere exposure to oxygen over time, but silver is especially susceptible to low levels of sulfur-containing substances in the air. Additionally, oils or chemicals on your skin can accumulate on silver surfaces and predispose it to oxidation. High-humidity doesn’t help, either.

Tarnished silver will darken, dull or even turn black if not protected or treated. Removing tarnish on silver can be a difficult endeavor, as noted by research published in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.

For this reason, it’s often recommended that silver be stored in air-restricted spaces. Keep in mind your jewelry box, glass-front cabinet or silver chest is probably not air-tight. Zerust anti-tarnish silver storage bags and other products help protect your silver.

Staying a Step Ahead of Tarnish

Your silver, whether an heirloom or personal investment, needs proper care to avoid tarnish. Still, polishing silver probably ranks right up there with gutter cleaning on the list of, “Chores I’d rather not.” The good news is the best silver anti-tarnish protection doesn’t require a huge time investment.

  • Gently wash silver. Hot, soapy water is best, finishing with a hot water rinse. Keep in mind harsh, abrasive chemical cleaners can cause silver to tarnish more quickly. Don’t even think about using a dishwasher, especially if you’re silver pieces are antique, as this can result in a dull finish. Also, if you have glued items (pot legs or knife blades), these are prone to falling apart in the dishwasher. It’s important after you hand wash your silver to dry it with a silver polishing cloth. Keep in mind if you allow the silver to air dry, standing water could cause spotting.
  • Properly store your silver. Plastic Ziploc bags aren’t going to cut it. The same goes for cardboard boxes or newspaper, which could become damaged, leaving your priceless pieces vulnerable to damaging moisture. For smaller items, like earrings, bracelets and necklaces, anti-tarnish silver storage bags from Zerust are best. These blue satin bags come in 6×6 or 8×10 sizes, which are perfect for silverware. These anti-tarnish bags are FDA-approved, non-toxic and won’t leave a residue, so you don’t have to worry about washing them again after removing them from storage. These bags will also help you avoid the chore of regular polishing (which, if done wrong – particularly with paper towels or toothbrushes – can risk marring the finish).

Preserving your silver’s luster and shine is possible with correct storage. Zerust’s anti-tarnish silver storage bags, vapor capsules and drawer liners are affordable and effective.

Contact Zerust for information on anti-tarnish silver storage bags, capsules and vapors emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

A Comparative Study of Silver Cleaning Abrasives, 1990, JAIC

More Blog Entries:

Get Your Skate on with Zerust Skate Guard Covers, Dec. 15, 2017, Zerust Anti-Tarnish Silver Bag Blog

While frigid winter weather may leave you chilled to the bone, the good news is it generally won’t harm your woodworking tools. What will damage your tools is moisture. At Zerust, we know your woodworking tools could be ruined by rust as the season shifts from an icy winter to a balmy spring. Tool replacement is costly, but the bigger risk is safety. A rusted tool is a dangerous one.tool rust prevention

Rust prevention of tools – woodworking or otherwise – involves first understanding that rust develops when cold tools are exposed to warm, moist air, which condenses on and in the tools. That’s what results in iron oxidation (rust) and decay.

Woodworking experts recommend winterizing your wood shop and tools by keeping them in a climate-controlled environment, heating the storage area and keeping it closed if possible. Maintaining a storage temperature higher indoors than outdoors can help protect tools from condensation and corrosion. However, this isn’t always economic or feasible if you keep your woodworking tools in a garage or shed.

Our Northeast Ohio tool rust prevention experts at Zerust have several products that can help protect your woodworking tools from rust.  Read More ›

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For this, the final installment of the Zerust HQ Workbench for 2017, we found ourselves doing a little bit of online analytics. We’ll spare you the boring details. Long story short, we study he words that people use on their internet spacebar or toolbar to find get to the super fantastic rust prevention technology that is Zerust.  Like reading tea leaves left online by you, dear Z-lings, we’re able to use this information to improve communication with you, the customer. Why? Because we value your business.

We commend you for searching high and low for the best in rust prevention. We admit we’re impressed with the variety of ways you’ve employed in order to grasp the best anti-rust treatment money can buy. We appreciate the effort. But we care too much about you to let you toil any further.

So, dear, Z-lings, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to save a little time in 2018. Here’s a New Year’s resolution you should have no trouble keeping in the coming year…

When you’re in need of top notch rust protection that lasts up to five years at a time for everything from your bicycles, cars, motorcycles, to your ice skates and hunting gear, cut to the chase and simply punch in “Zerust” or “Zerust Products” on your internet toolbar and search bar.

In need of a rust inhibitor for your air conditioner cover during the winter months? Riddle me this Dear Z-lings. The answer is Zerust Products.

Looking to rust proof your boat, motorcycle or automobile? Relax. The answer once again is simply Zerust Products.

That’s right, dear faithful Z-lings, the time has come for you to toil no more. When it comes to searching for corrosion inhibitor products, get to the point and simply type in Zerust Products – the shortest, surest route to a rust free New Year!

From all of us to all of you…Happy New Year!

The Zerust Family of Products

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The Holidays are here and the family’s coming to stay for awhile. You find yourself wondering what to do while they’re in town, invading your home. A nice walk in the woods? Sure. A stroll through the village square? Of course. Perhaps a trip to the Botanical Gardens to view the Gingerbread Houses on display. Nice and quaint. Then, some ice skating. Yeah. This winter, that’s where the action is, and the weather’s just right for it.

So you pull out your skates and remember that you had the foresight to cover your blade with Zerust Skate Guard Covers last season. You take your skates out of the bag, and Wow, as good as new. Well played, Wayne Gretzky, well played.

Keep the Holidays Merry indeed with Zerust rust killer Skate Guard Covers while extending the life of your ice skates.

Zerust Skate Covers are designed to protect the life of your blades for up to five years by keeping them safe from the ravages of rust that set in over time.

No rusting. No dulling. Rust away old man winter. Zerust Skate Guard covers are designed to offer the best rust killer protection for your gear. They fit nicely around all manner of hockey and figure skates, and they’re  essential to keeping blades sharp for all manner of sport or recreation.

Zerust Skate Guard Covers not only fit nicely around your blades, they also befit a well executed rust stopping regimen for everyone out there who’s serious about the ice. Proper care of your skates can extend their life and keep you you moving swiftly and gracefully on the ice. Keep your blades sharp by following these simple rust prevention methods:

  • Wear skate guard covers when walking on hard surfaces (before you hit the ice) to avoid dulling your blades. Dents, dings, and scratches to your blades will make them vulnerable to rust.
  • After skating, be sure to always thoroughly wipe and dry your blades before putting them in the skate guard cover. Otherwise you run the risk of trapping the moisture and hastening rust.
  • Always put the anti rust skate guard covers on before storing skates in a sack during the off season. This ensures the quality of your blades and other belongings in your bag.

Happy Holidays! Now go get your skate on thanks to the anti rust coating technology of Zerust skate guard covers!

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Message to all of our friends out there in the world of home improvement, mechanics, automotive, outdoor sports, and beyond: We at Zerust are opening the doors to our extensive library of free, high quality content as seen here on our company blog, The Z-HQ Workbench, and we’d like to share it with you!

For quite some time now, we’ve been stockpiling completely original, exclusive articles that appeal to everyone from the mechanic to the outdoor enthusiast, and we are keen on swapping it with your company to post on your blog too. That’s right! If you would like your blog to benefit similarly, we’d be happy to post content you send us here on the Z-HQ Workbench in exchange for the content you receive from us at Zerust.

So, if you’re a trade based business or publication catering to the home improvement, mechanics, automotive, outdoor sports, and active leisure market whose goods & services relate to Zerust products (rust proofing, stopping rust, rust treatment, etc.), please drop us a line here. Let’s share our collective insights for the rest of the world to enjoy! Thank You!


Your friends at Zerust®

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Despite the fact that rust never sleeps, it’s that time of year when we set our burden down, and take stock of all that we are thankful for. And so, on this day before Thanksgiving, we’d like to express our gratitude to you, the Zerust customer.

Fighting rust and providing the world with reliable rust protection technology is our passion. Delivering that rust proofing technology to you, the Zerust customer, has been our pleasure.

From our rust inhibiting Zerust Skate Guard Covers to our nifty Zerust vapor capsules – you demanded newer, longer lasting rust inhibitor products, and we aimed to deliver. We keep going, fighting the good fight against rust thanks to you.

And so, on behalf of everyone here at Zerust Headquarters, and the eggheads behind the Z-HQ Workbench Blog, here’s wishing you and yours the very best this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!



May joy and peace surround you,

Contentment latch your door,

And happiness be with you now,

And bless you evermore.

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My favorite thing to do on Halloween as a kid was to dress up as a ghost. My mom would crudely cut a few holes in a bedsheet for my eyes and mouth, throw it over my head, loosely wrap a belt around my neck to keep the sheet on, and off I’d go trick or treating with my friends through the neighborhood. With the exception of the belt wrapped around my neck (this was the seventies after all. We didn’t know any better back then), it was a great costume and I had a hell of a lot of fun wearing it.

And so in honor of Halloween, and my favorite childhood costume we’re going to talk about Zerust Car Covers. But most importantly, it’s getting to that time of year when precious things go in storage in order to protect them from the elements.

If you’ve got a set of wheels that only go out on special occasions or, at the very least, when the weather’s fair, now’s a good time to invest in one of these corrosion proof, water resistant, mold proof, and of course, rust-inhibiting doohickeys. Fun Fact: I just put one of these babies over my ‘66 Fairlane for the season and man it feels good knowing that classic short will be kept warm and dry, snug, and rust free all winter long.

Whether it’s a valuable antique or a collectible automobile you’re storing, or just a sweet set of wheels that you’re extra precious about, keep it safe this season from the damages of rust, corrosion, dust and moisture with a Zerust Car Cover. But make no mistake. This ain’t no flimsy bedsheet.

Zerust Car covers are woven with Zerust’s patented VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors) corrosion-inhibiting formulas which add an extra layer of rust protection on the surface of your car.

So, go ahead, fight the elements and even father time himself. And, in honor of Halloween, have a bit of fun by giving your car the chance to ghost through the winter months with this heavy duty, rust preventing overlay. It’s like your car becomes a phantom, free from the laws of decay and deterioration that govern this dimension. Let’s just hope the thing just doesn’t light up at night, blaring the golden oldies station like Stephen King’s Christine.

Whoa! Now we’re getting into the spirit of the season, Z-Lings. Happy Halloween!