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I recently bought some of those lovely large iron keys that you can get from garden centres. The children love to use them in the 'secret garden' and they usually hang on the wooden arch. On the last day of term I noticed that they have gone very rusty :( . Although not expensive, I don't want to replace them as the same thing will happen. Thinking of health and safety - would you allow the children to use them? Would the rust cause any problem :o - apart from marking their hands and clothes? I'm not really sure what to do! :huh:

Any advice?

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Use some steel wool to clean off rust and then use a metal primer or spray paint to cover, rust is not toxic although large amounts ingested is harmful and obviously the bacteria which can lead to tetanus. Use the rust as a great science lesson !

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Ours haven't fared too badly but I don't leave them out. I think I would use the metal wool, but then use some oil such as wd40 or even kitchen oil rubbed on with paper towel just to keep the surface free from rust. If they must stay outside hang a small plastic bag round them when you tidy up ?

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Thanks for all your replies! I think I will probably clean them up with wire wool/oil and them try to remember to bring them in every day - if I can find them, of course! :P

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