Asked on Oct 16, 2017

I need to clean up some horse shoes



recently removed from the horse, I'll be using them for, among other things, a good luck plaque for a friends new business; any suggestions ?

19 answers
  • 27524803
    on Oct 16, 2017

    A good soak in hot soap and water, then a good scrub with a stiff brush should get rid of any "stuff"... rinse well, let dry, then clear sealer to keep them from rusting.
    I am saving all the ones I can get hold of... I am going to have my hubby make me a Saguaro and barrel cactus from them (I have an idea for a drip fountain for the back yard) HE.. can hardly wait.. LOL
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Soft scrub and a soft brush?
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Oct 16, 2017

    A wire brush is probably your best bet. Since they are made of metal, it won't hurt them a bit.
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Hang one in your house, or give them away.
  • a wire brush or a wire wheel attachment for your drill. We just got some good polishing wheels for our Dremel and it has been so much nicer cleaning up metal.
  • Jeanne Martin
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Wire brush with a good cleaning solution should clean them up. To prevent future rust check out Lowes or Home Depot for a rust preventing overcoat. I've heard just oiling them will prevent rust but not sure what kind of oil (maybe WD40?).
  • Kal28761104
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Undiluted white vinegar works. Soak overnight and then use a wire brush to get the gunk off. Wash and then oil, if desired.

  • Peg
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Remove any rust on them and then paint them.
  • Jean
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I'm assuming you don't want them shiny....scrub with stuff brush with simple green or Murphy's oil soap.
    Then use a wax like briwax for a good preservative and rustic look. Briwax can be bought on line or some antique stores.
  • Just soak them in dish soap.
  • Cheryl A
    on Oct 16, 2017

    use a wire brush to get the rust off and paint them or leave them natural
  • Roxaneg
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Brush well with a wire brush or a good stiff brush. If there's any rust, that should knock it down; any dirt, you should get rid of it easily enough.

    What are you going to do with them? As is, you can probably wash them well with soap and water, dry them carefully to avoid rust and treat them to a linseed oil finish-- rub on and then polish, polyurethane, or even paste wax or car wax and polish. If this is part of a plaque, then you could paint the horseshoes. Wash and dry and paint.
  • Bobbie
    on Oct 16, 2017
  • Ann Cherkas Halstead
    on Oct 16, 2017

    ise a wire brush on them to remove rust and caked dirt
  • 24o25047063
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Your dishwasher works fine. Just take a stiff brush to them first if large clumps of dirt are present.
  • Janice
    on Oct 17, 2017

    use a wire brush and then some sandpaper
  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 17, 2017

    i would rinse them outside, then wash them with soap and water. Sand off all the rust you can. Whether you saved some rusty parts or not, spray them with black or clear Rustoleum sealer. And always hang the shoes so they are pointing up--so the luck doesn't pour out. Best wishes 😇💞
  • Sharon
    on Oct 17, 2017

    I would start with a brass wire brush and work into a steel wool 00 to 000, and then spray paint with Rustoleum paint.
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