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Photo: AlexeiLogvinovich (Shutterstock) Whether you inherited them from your parents or grandparents, or got them for a great price at a yard sale or flea market, you may have some rusty tools sitting around your home, basement, or garage right now. And maybe one day, you need a wrench, or hammer, or garden trowel, reach for one of these rust-covered tools, and realize that it’s time to get them back in working order. Fortunately, there are several methods for doing that, as well as ways to keep rust at bay moving forward. Here’s what to know. How to remove rust from tools There are a few different ways to remove rust—some of which require more elbow grease than others. (Of course, that also depends on how much rust your tools have accumulated over time.) Here are some options. Wash and sand First, wash the tools in a tub of warm water with dish soap, making sure to wipe away any grease and dirt . Rinse and thoroughly dry the tools. Then, depending on the extent of the rust, use a scouring pad, steel wool, sandpaper, or a wire brush to remove as much of the rust as possible. Give it a soak Again, start by washing your tools in warm, soapy water to remove grease and loose dirt and debris. Then, get a bucket or basin large enough to fit your tools. Pop the tools in the bucket, and then pour enough of one of these liquids over them […]