How to Stop Rust on a Metal Bird Bath

Metal bird baths attract a wide variety of species to your property.

Untreated rust eventually destroys a bird bath.Untreated rust eventually destroys a bird bath.
Unfortunately, these baths also attract rust stains due to moisture that is left on the surface for long periods of time. These red and brown stains take away from both the look and value of the bath, and the rust itself eventually chips away at the surface of the bath. A food that is combined with a common household item safely removes both rust and stains without damaging the bath's surface.

Remove water from the bird bath if rust is occurring where water is located.

Pour 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda into a separate bowl.

Slice the large potato down the center so there are two nearly equal parts.

Dip one slice into the baking soda so that it's thoroughly covered in baking soda.

Scrub the rust-covered portion of the bird bath with the potato. The combination of potato and baking soda safely lifts the rust from the bath.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the second potato slice, if necessary, until all of the rust on the bath is covered.

Pour a few tablespoons of water into the bowl, then dip the toothbrush into the solution so the bristles are fully saturated.

Scrub the bird bath with the toothbrush to completely eliminate the rust.

Repeat Steps 7 and 8, as needed, until all rust stains are removed.

Wipe the cleaned area of the bath fully dry with a soft cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Bowl or container
  • 1 large potato
  • Knife
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Soft cloth

About the Author

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.