How Do You Clean Rust Off of Golf Clubs?
A winter break can leave your golf game very rusty. A winter in the garage can sometimes leave your golf clubs rusty as well. Most clubs are made out of titanium and iron so they have a tendency to rust and stain. Most rust stains on golf clubs will not come off using soap and water alone. There are alternatives that can be used to have the club looking fresh and brand new once again.
Step 1Fill a bucket with warm (not hot) water mixed with dish washing liquid or liquid soap. Soak the clubs for 5 minutes or so and then wipe them with a cloth. If the rust is purely on the surface, this may be sufficient to remove it and will not cause any damage to your clubs.
Step 2Soak the clubs in a few liters of cola (which sort of cola is not important) mixed with a few liters of water. Let them soak for about 5 minutes, but make sure not to leave them in longer than that. Scrub all of the rusty areas with the water and cola mixture.
- If the rust is in the grooves of the club, a toothbrush is a good alternative to a cloth, as the bristles will reach down to the bottom of the grooves and clean them.
- If the shafts are rust, soak some towels in the cola solution and wrap around the shafts. Allow to soak overnight.
Rinse the clubs thoroughly. Rub them dry with a soft cloth. Set the clubs upright on a towel on the floor.
Step 3Purchase an acetone mixture or a rust remover from a hardware store. Put the mixture over any rusted areas and brush them clean. Again, a toothbrush will be a good brush to use for this purpose.
Step 4Avoid using anything such as steel wool to clean the clubs, as it may scratch the surface or cause further damage. However, if the above remedies have not worked, try repeating the application of a rust remover and follow that by rubbing the clubs gently with a fine steel wool. Make sure you only rub the rusted areas and be patient and resist rubbing too firmly.
Step 5After the rust is removed, polish each club shaft and head by hand with polish and a dry cloth. Work the polish in a circular motion and pay close attention to buffing the shaft. Buff the club head and shaft dry to the desired shine.