Heirloom silver serving trays, dishes, platters, teapots, candlesticks and utensils add a touch of tradition and elegance to holiday festivities. Unfortunately, keeping these pieces timeless requires special care to prevent silver tarnish from taking hold.
Tarnish, also known as silver sulfide, is that black film that accumulates over time on silver, giving it an appearance of grimy rather than gleaming. It’s the result of a chemical reaction that can be caused simply by exposure of silver surfaces to sulfides present in air, water or materials like felt. Silver is especially vulnerable in high-humidity or when an accumulation of oils or chemicals has built up, usually having rubbed off from skin contact.
If silver tarnish forms, a quick soap-and-water scrub isn’t going to cut it. It must be removed through tedious polishing. (The editors of Southern Living said that to refer to the task as time-consuming is “an understatement,” and recommend hosts set themselves to the chore three days in advance of a festive gathering.) Shortcuts can leave your cherished pieces worse for the wear. Some silver tarnish removers promise expedited polishing, but can pose a risk of damaging the surface quality of each piece.
With the northern hemisphere now firmly in winter’s icy grip, extra precaution is critical to keeping your weapons safe from the clutches of cold weather. Gun rust prevention in winter doesn’t need to be costly or time-consuming, but it must consider several factors:
- Composition of metal components;
- Temperature of storage areas;
- Humidity levels.
Proactive gun rust prevention in winter is critical to prevent degradation and breakage of the firearm. The same problems can impact ammunition. This kind of wear isn’t just unsightly. It can be deadly.
To safely and effectively shield your firearms from the unforgiving elements of winter, Zerust has an array of products to fit your use and storage plan.
From ever-expanding in-vehicle dashboard entertainment to the smartphones that have become so ubiquitous, our economy is reliant on technology, which in turn is reliant on electronics. That makes electronics rust prevention a core priority as our communications, transportation and economy grows more tech-savvy.
New analysis from data firm Zion Market Research revealed the electronics industry’s demand for water-resistant nano coating technologies is going to spike substantially in the next two years, climbing to $6.85 billion by 2020. The “water-resistant” subcategory of tech research is the fastest-growing, and it’s not just smartphones. Everything from sensors to workplace monitors, connected home devices to transportation infrastructure and city design can benefit from some type of liquid protection – and electronics rust prevention – is critical, especially if they are regularly used outside. This has spurred the auto industry too to express an interest.
It’s unclear, though, how realistic it is to expect these future devices to be completely rust-proof. After all, even “stainless steel” products promise rust resistance, but the truth is, none are totally immune to rust. Plus, nano coating is retroactive either, meaning the devices you already own still need electronics rust prevention.
Why Do Electronics Rust?
Car rust prevention is at the forefront of the minds of many vehicle owners residing in flood-prone areas, as record rains and flooding have hit numerous areas of the country hard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns firstly that consumers to be wary that once-water-logged vehicles can rapidly become rust pits. Secondly, buyers need to be wary of unscrupulous dealers who repair and resell affected cars that in reality are better suited to a junkyard.
Zerust car rust prevention experts can explain that water has the potential to ruin all kinds of mechanical systems, electronics and lubricants. You might not notice it for a month or possibly for several years. Eventually, though, that corrosion catches up, eating its way through essential electronic components, including airbag controllers. The reason these second-hand dealers get away with hawking water-damaged vehicles is that the rust damage isn’t always glaring. You may not see it without a trained eye, and the vehicle may appear to run just fine. But the long-term reality is the long-term effects will follow that vehicle for the extent of its life.
Unfortunately, even when an insurer declares a flooded car a total loss, that fact isn’t always passed along to potential buyers, despite laws requiring retention of salvage titles and banning their registration prior to necessary repair and inspection, after which it can receive a rebuilt title. Too often, Consumer Reports found these cars pop up on the market with clean titles. If you’re examining a used car for which seller is offering only a bill of sale or who has “lost” the title beware. If you’re suspicious of the car’s history but don’t want to miss out on a bad sale, you can check out the National Motor Vehicle Title System, a tool for consumers to tackle this so-called “title washing.” Carfax offers free flood damage checks as well. That won’t guarantee your vehicle is problem-free, so it’s also a good idea to get a rust check from a mechanic too.
Figure skating season is well under way and hockey season officially started this month. If it’s been a while since you broke out your blades, you may have been dismayed to notice an accumulation of rust.
Zerust skate guard covers are key to blocking corrosion and rust before they take hold. Rusty skates not only inhibit your performance, they can pose a safety problem for skaters. Plus, your skates are investment, and you don’t want to be unnecessarily replacing them.
Understanding why your ice skates rust – and what you can do to prevent it – will keep your blades beautiful for many seasons to come.
Motorcycle rust is a major concern for dedicated riders. It’s most likely to rear its ugly head after a long winter of improper storage (a horror some riders refer to as “garbage rot”). Most riders aren’t displaying their bikes off-season as art installations in their climate-controlled living rooms. Rather, they are kept in a garage, next to the car or exercise equipment. Unless that facility is weather-tight, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise come spring. A carelessly-stored bike can quickly become rust-ridden, with the piston rings, gas tank and body panel often the most susceptible initially.
Preventing motorcycle rust during storage doesn’t have to be a major chore. You have likely invested thousands in your bike, so a little extra care and prep is in order to keep your ride in top shape. Understand the cold temperature isn’t the greatest threat, but rather the moisture. That’s why plastic covers a bad way to go. It might shield the bike from dust, but it’s going to trap menacing moisture, which makes your bike even more rust-prone.
Zerust motorcycle covers help prevent motorcycle rust with non-toxic VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) technology woven into the breathable fiber. Our product was specifically recommended last year by the dedicated riders at UltimateMotorcycling.com.
If you’re someone who loves power tools, you probably cringe at the idea of having to check them out one-at-a-time at a hardware store like it’s a library. You want to have the right tool on hand when you need it.
To keep your power tools in good shape and make the investment worthwhile, it’s essential to keep power tool rust at bay while they’re in storage, whether that’s near your garage work bench, backyard shed or a toolbox you keep in your closet. But among those choices, what’s the best storage options to stop power tool rust from forming? You’ll need to consider the size of your collection, the climate of the storage space and whether there is a risk moisture or open air.
As noted by OSHA, a wide range of handheld tools (bolts, blades, chains and more) contain iron or steel components. As our rust prevention experts at Zerust know, these metals are highly susceptible to the chemical oxidation process that causes rust. Anytime there is interaction with iron (or ferrous derivative metal) plus oxygen plus moisture, there’s danger of rust forming. This is especially true with power tools because they have so many cracks and crevices that may be prone to pitting. One small nick or dint, and it won’t be long before rust takes over.
When it comes to metal patio furniture, there are basically two kinds: One you grab for under $20 and pitch when rust inevitably starts to eat away. The other, you have every hope it will last a good 10- to 20-years – at least. Whether a sharp-angled simple bistro set made of stainless steel (which, yes, CAN rust under certain conditions) or sprawling wrought iron chairs cast from hand-carved molds forged into intricate patterns, ensuring you prevent rust of this pieces is much preferable to trying to fight it once it encroaches.
All patio furniture takes a fair amount of abuse with exposure to direct sun, rain and wind, the jostling and clanging of regular use, drips of food or drinks and oils and sunscreen from our skin. Top-grade outdoor metal tables and chairs withstand all that better than the cheap stuff, but it’s going to starting pitting and peeling much sooner than you’d like if you aren’t careful to prevent rust from forming.
If you live in a colder climate, you’ll want to take action now during autumn to prevent rust and prepare your outdoor furniture for winter storage.
Any chef (or even serious home cook) knows the importance of fresh ingredients, simple techniques and a few high-quality tools. Most concur on the most important tool: The kitchen knife.
Knives are used in preparation of pretty much every dish of all types and flavors. But like any other metal tool, knives can be at risk of corrosion. Kitchen knife rust prevention keeps knives sharper (less knife slippage means more control in cutting, so the cook doesn’t risk a cut and the slices are consistent).
While you can snag a knife for almost any price, the cutting board experts at TheKitchn.com point out some top-of-the-line cutlery can cost some serious coin – upwards of $1,000. In general, those who want a knife that’s going to last are going to shell out at least $50 to $100. That might seem like a steep price, but considering it’s you’re most utilized utensil, most agree that range is actually quite a bargain.
If you’re like us, you’re trying to cram in all the last-minute BBQ’ing you possibly can before summer is officially over. Unfortunately, even some of the best quality BBQ tools may be prone to rust. Keeping your BBQ tools rust-free doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Zerust vapor capsules and anti-tarnish drawer liners – both part of our anti-tarnish products line – can help BBQ connoisseurs keep their metal spatulas, tongs, grill brushes, charcoal rakes, roasting sticks, skewers, corers, meat hooks, pig tail flippers, meat claw lifters, grill cleaning brushes and temperature probes all rust-free. These products can be simply placed in whatever storage container or drawer you use for these tools to provide up to five years of rust-free protection, are odor-free, non-toxic, food safe and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for kitchen use.
Those who pride themselves on their grilled cuisine often invest in pricier grilling equipment – and it’s worth it for the perfect juicy burger or chicken pineapple kabobs. But you don’t want to have to replace these utensils every year if you can avoid it. There is plenty of instructive information on how to remove rust from BBQ grill tools, but it’s a whole lot easier – and less time-consuming – to prevent rust from forming in the first place if possible.
Why Rust-Free BBQ Tools Are a Priority
BBQ tools are subject to all sorts of abuse, including:
- High temperatures;
- Grease splatters;
- Exposure to the elements (especially if left unprotected outdoors).
Gun rust has been around as long as firearms have been made of metal (which is to say, always). Sports enthusiasts, hunters, law enforcement officers and those with concealed carry licenses – they may all take great caution to ensure the gun is properly cleaned, oiled and stored in a cool, dry place. However, a gun storage plan that involves anything less than vapor corrosion inhibitors won’t guarantee your weapon stays rust-free – especially in the summer. Gun barrels and metal receivers are particularly vulnerable.
Why Summer Raises the Risk of Gun Rust
Technically, your firearm and/ or its components can be at risk of rust any time of year. Guns are metal objects and any metal that comes in contact with oxygen and moisture can be exposed to potential corrosion. Carry guns have especially high rates of rust, given that they are often in frequent contact with the oils of human skin.
Sweat in particular can cause more gun rust because in addition to the moisture, our sweat is high in salinity. Salt is also corrosive. The hotter it is, the more we sweat, and if we do so while handling a piece, there is a greater likelihood it’s going to be exposed to damaging moisture and salt. Plus more people are using and handling their guns at outdoor ranges when the weather is nicer. Even if you have a favorite indoor range you use in the dead of winter, you probably aren’t sweating bullets there.
But another reason summer may be especially risky for your gun is that general humidity levels in the air are higher than usual.
Metal at rest will rust. That’s just reality. It’s a problem NACE International once concluded cost the U.S. a stunning $276 billion annually in losses. Everything from bicycle spokes to battleships – nothing is immune. The good news is, we’ve gotten better at keeping it at bay.
VCI corrosion protection technology was first developed in early half of the 20th century, marking an incredible advancement, though initially employed for limited use on only a few specific items (mainly pipes and boiler systems on large ships). However, it wasn’t long before a wide range of other industries began to recognize the potential of VCI and began exploring it, though concerns about toxicity kept it from really taking off for a while.
Today, Zerust’s patented VCI corrosion protection technology is non-toxic, environmentally friendly AND effective in helping to preserve all kinds of metals, including those in firearms, motor vehicles, metal tools, heirloom silver and more.
The Science Behind VCI
VCI is short for “volatile corrosion inhibitor,” used interchangeably with the term “vapor corrosion inhibitor.” As noted by research in the journal Metal Finishing, VCIs are a class of chemical compounds that volatize into the air to inhibit corrosion on metal surfaces. The vapors form a very thin film on metal surfaces, which in turn make those surfaces passive to the corrosion process.
An estimated 10.5 million people in the U.S. live in homes wherein one or more resident owns an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Through the mud, snow, ice or other rough turf, we put our ATVs through a world of punishment – and these machines are tough enough to tackle most all of it. However, one challenge your ATV is unlikely to easily overcome is rust.
Some ATV owners use an ATV cover, but unless the cover specifically has rust prevention technology woven into the fabric, it’s unlikely to prevent rust from forming in either temporary or seasonal storage.
ATV rust can be a real drag, almost always requiring some repair, which is expensive, especially if you don’t catch it right away. It also means between the time the rust is discovered and you can get your quad back from a mechanic, you’re sidelined. The high cost could mean you’re grounded for weeks. If you plan on selling the ATV soon or even just somewhere down the line, that rust is going to be a direct blow to the resale value. If you ignore the rust, you could be risking the safety of you and your riders (particularly children under 16, who account for an estimated 28,000 serious ATV injuries annually).
Bike rust should be a concern for all cyclists, whether they bike to work, ride competitively or just occasionally hop on for recreation. A decent bike will run you anywhere from a few hundred bucks up to more than $8,000, with the average being about $1,000, according to Consumer Reports. Keeping rust at bay is essential part of bike maintenance, important not just to keep the bike looking nice but also in safe, working condition. Zerust offers effective, long-lasting rust protection for bicycles in the form of bicycle covers.
All modern bikes are composed of some form of metal, typically some combination of steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber. There are pros and cons to each element, and every bikers needs will be slightly different (i.e., some need a lighter bike, some are looking for a ride with greater bulk).
As noted in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, steel rusts when it comes in contact with water and oxygen – and even faster in or around salty water. Steel is often the most preferable of bike frames because it is so durable (and can even be bent back into shape and re-welded, unlike aluminum frames). Aluminum does not rust, but it can be prone to corrosion.Titanium is one of the most resistant, thanks to its passive oxide film, but it’s not totally immune and can be susceptible to crevice attack and pitting at higher temperatures. Carbon fiber generally won’t rust or corrode, but it also tends to be brittle, meaning if any component breaks, cyclists may be better off tossing it and buying a new bike altogether, as any fixes are likely to be unreliable. Even then, most bikes are made with a mix of materials, so cyclists with all types of bikes must be mindful of bike rust.
The motor vehicle industry has made significant strides in shielding new cars from rust ravages. New and improved body design and coatings have slashed the risk of both galvanic and simple corrosion. But don’t toss car rust prevention plans out the window just yet. There is substantial evidence rust hasn’t been entirely erased from the reliability concerns that have long plagued car owners.
Better Design Means Lower Car Rust Risk
In the mid-1990s, rust damage was such a serious and pervasive problem for vehicle owners, it cost $300 billion annually in repairs, according to CarTalk.com. It was around that time vehicle manufacturers started coating steel components with zinc, improving their paints and designing vehicles without body pockets prone to trapping mud and moisture. Steel rocker panels were also replaced with plastic, reducing the potential for trapped moisture.
All of this is good news for car owners, but it hasn’t entirely eliminated the corrosion concerns. Although the bulk of corrosion occurs in the winter, most drivers only begin to notice its effects in springtime. Car rust prevention shouldn’t be overlooked by owners of newer model cars, no matter how fresh-off-the-lot. AAA has reported that road de-icers – specifically salt and chemical solutions – result in $3 billion annually in rust damage (nearly $15. billion over the course of five years).
And of course, owners of older and classic model cars are always going to wrestle with rust threat. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to restore these vehicles – only to leave them in a drafty garage covered by a thin sheet. It should be no surprise when rust sets in again. Some owners battle this problem with regular paint touch-ups, frequent undercarriage washing and steering clear of salt-lined roads or venturing out in rain or humidity. These are smart steps, but best topped off with Zerust car rust prevention tools, such as the car cover. Offering several years of protection, these covers do more than just shield against water, sun and other elements. They also provide the unique benefit of rust prevention with non-toxic, odorless vapors.
Boat rust prevention is an essential part of vessel maintenance, whether you have a dinghy or a bow rider.
Many boats are built with a wide range of metallic components, often exposed directly to the elements. When the metal boat parts make contact with the combination of oxygen and moisture – even when the boat is in storage – it’s the textbook recipe for rust. Salt water, high temperatures and excess humidity make a bad situation worse. And it’s not solely the exterior that’s at risk. Corrosion is a threat throughout, posing a hazard to the mast and rigging, the wires, the valves and steering systems.
Too many seafarers have had their boating seasons grounded by the failure to keep rust at bay.
Zerust boat rust prevention is vital to keeping your vessel in top shape. High-performance Vapor Capsules for Boats are a means of effectively controlling the hazard. Rust can be difficult to manage once it’s taken hold of your hull, but these capsules can help halt it from forming in the first place. The vessel structure, propeller, electrical systems and motor are all at risk.
Rust on electronics is an increasingly common problem in our modern world. Your PC, home entertainment gear, gaming equipment, electronics in your car or boat – all of it may be vulnerable to rust damage. Because rust on electronics and their components might not be readily detected, consumers often overlook it as a catalyst when there is a device or component failure. In reality, corrosion is becoming a significant factor in the reliability of electric and electronic equipment.
We often don’t think of rust on electronics as being a serious issue because it’s often invisible unless we can see inside. You may not notice a problem initially, but over time, the rust and corrosion can set in, causing the device to stop working.
Replacing these items can be incredibly expensive. One study published in The Open Corrosion Journal posits rusting of electric equipment costs an estimated $5 billion in the U.S. for repairs, downtime and replacements.
Rust protection for motorcycles – especially older bikes – is critical to keeping your ride running smoothly for years to come.
Countless sources on the web offer tips on motorcycle rust removal for bikers slapped with surprise oxidation while readying their bike for the first spring ride. Certainly, you’ll need to neutralize rust when you find it – Don’t ignore it! However, the best way to tackle this problem long-term is to prevent rust from developing in the first place.
Zerust motorcycle covers are the way to go for this. There are endless motorcycle cover products on the market, and certainly, you can find a few a bit cheaper. But these traditional covers only go so far. In fact, they may be part of the problem because all they do is keep the dust from collecting. They don’t keep moisture from gathering, and may even trap it in, exacerbating your risk of rust.
AAA reports approximately 70 percent of motorists in the U.S. are at risk for expensive, dangerous vehicle rust. Rust protection for cars is critical when you consider the alternative is hundreds of dollars annually in vehicle rust repairs necessitated by exposure to new chemicals now commonly used to de-ice the roads. Communities have shifted from using rock salt to chemical de-icers, finding the chemicals melt ice and snow faster than salt and have a lower freezing point, so they last longer. The trade-off is it’s more damaging to cars.
Last year, a AAA survey revealed that over the last five years, drivers racked up more than $15 billion in rust repairs attributed to roadway de-icing. The vehicle systems most vulnerable to rust include (but aren’t limited to):
- Fuel tanks
- Brake lines
- Exhaust systems
- Frame rails
- Electrical connections
Of course, de-icing is integral to safe winter driving, given that 22 percent of vehicle crashes (about 1.26 million), 19 percent of injuries and 16 percent of fatalities are weather-related, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Snow and ice impact vehicle performance (specifically, traction, stability and maneuverability). However, rust on cars is a real problem, and our rust prevention experts know it goes far beyond simple cosmetics.
Garden tool rust prevention is essential for any budding horticulturalist (or weekend warrior).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.