Probably everyone has had the experience of losing a loved item of clothing or other object to a stain. Either you didn’t realize that the stain was there and then washed and dried it, cooking the stain in, or you simply didn’t know what to do to remove the stain. It is a sad story, often told but one that you don’t have to repeat for yourself in the case of rust.
Metals that contain iron have a tendency to oxidize causing the metal to create that orange powdery substance. This leaves marks on whatever it is touching, be it a flat surface, clothing or even the metal itself. The rust stain can be very difficult to remove, especially from material but there are tricks to getting rid of it.
First of all, one idea behind getting rid of a rust stain is to use acid. Of course you don’t want to go pouring dangerous acidic compounds on your clothing and possessions, but there are natural sources of acid you can use for the job.
Some of the types of acid that work well in cleaning rust are citric acid, such as that found in a lemon or lime. Simply use the juice to rub into the stained area making sure you get it everywhere. Then rinse the area and dry it.
Another idea is to use a hand cleaner that contains no water. Work this into the area of clothing with the stain with a cloth or gentle brush and then rinse to wash it out. One thing to remember is to first test the cleaning method on a small and inconspicuous section of the stain to see if it works before doing the entire spot.
Another good idea is to try using a rust cleaner. These are special cleaning agents that are formulated specifically to remove rust stains. Carefully read the instructions on the package before using and follow them exactly if you decide to use it.
There are some stain removers that are supposed to work for all different types of stains, rust included. These are a good option, too although they may not always be effective.
Of course you need to get cleaning rust stains as soon as you notice them so there is a better chance for their removal. If you don’t have a rust cleaner on hand first try the acid or stain removal approach. Be sure not to heat dry the area before making sure the stain is gone. If it isn’t get a hold of a rust stain remover to hopefully do the job right.
You don’t want your clothes, upholstery or other household items to fall victim of rust stains. Following the above tips can help you get rid of rust stains so you won’t have to get rid of the item.