Rust stains look awful and can be harmful to surfaces and fabrics if left untreated. How do I remove it, you ask? You’ve tried scrubbing them really hard, but it didn’t work? No professional cleaner to help you?
Here are some tips from the Kaodim cleaning experts to remove rust stains from various surfaces and materials:
1. Clothing and washable fabric
Leaned on any rusty fences recently? Annoyed that you now have yet another rust-stained shirt? The best way to remove rust from clothes and fabric is to use white vinegar or lemon juice. Start by laying out the clothing or fabric on a towel or rag, pour a little bit of of vinegar on the stain. Alternatively, you can rub a half lemon on the stain. Saturate the vinegar or lemon thoroughly and then blot with a clean rag. Leave your piece of clothing or fabric out in the sun. The rust will gradually fade away. When done, stick it in the washing machine and wash as usual. For rust stains which are harder to remove, you may use a dose of commercial rust remover that can be found at hardware stores. After using the rust remover, rinse the area with cold water and wash as soon as possible.
2. Non-washable fabric
And then, there are the non-washables, the fabrics that you usually need to send to the laundromat for dry cleaning instead of using your washing machine. Similarly, when you get rust stains on non-washable fabric, we recommend sending it to a professional cleaning service.
What you can do beforehand, is to treat the stain. Here are some steps you may follow: Prepare lemon juice and salt. Combine the two in a bowl until the mixture thickens. Before applying to the rust stain, test it on a clean area to see whether the fabric reacts well with the mixture. If it does, apply the mixture to the stain, then leave it out it in the sun. Make sure to moisten the stain with lemon juice regularly until the rust stain disappears. Then, just remove any salt leftovers.
3. Carpet or furnishings
For carpets and furnishings, you can also use white vinegar and salt to remove it. Soak a piece of cloth in vinegar, then wring it out. Sprinkle salt on the rust stain and leave the vinegar-soaked cloth on top for about 30 minutes, checking the progress from time to time. If it has not disappeared, repeat the process with a clean cloth or get a commercial stain remover. When the stain is gone, leave it to dry and vacuum any salt left over.
There are various types of tiles and ways to remove rust stains from them. For asphalt, linoleum or vinyl tiles, use a cloth or sponge dipped in warm soapy water and wipe the stain. Then, rinse the affected area well and wipe it dry with a clean towel. If the stain does not clear, you may use a rust remover which is safe for these floors. Meanwhile, for brick, concrete and granite, you will have to combine seven parts of lime-free glycerine, one part sodium citrate, six parts lukewarm water and some powdered chalk to create a thick paste. Generously apply the paste to the stain and leave it to harden. To remove, use a wooden scraper and repeat the process if the stain has not disappeared. Finally, wash the affected area thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry.
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