How to Remove Rust Stains with Common Kitchen Products

 

 

Rusty blotches can ruin clothing, furniture, carpets and even the walls of your home.  Sometimes you might be making the stains worse if you use the wrong treatment techniques. This means that you could create permanent patches of rust that will linger on fabrics and furnishings forever.

Do you give up your favorite possessions or just learn to live with the unsightly rust?  If you don’t want to keep seeing these annoying discolored spots you need to learn how to remove rust stains quickly and easily.
 
Many of the normal stain removal tips do not apply to rust stains. Take a look at some of the proven techniques that will eliminate rust stains permanently.

Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This can happen even with a porcelain tub.

Rusty TubWe found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked best and required less scrubbing. Just pour either product on the stain and let it sit. Then scour gently with a damp sponge and rinse. If the stains are really bad you may have to repeat the process twice.
 
Rust can stain your clothing when you brush against outdoor patio furniture. Even an old washing machine can sometimes leave rusty colors on your favorite fabrics. If you need to remove these types of stains from a fabric you need to first find out if the material is washable.
 
Work from the underside of the fabric. Use a clean white towel as the backing.
Cover the rust stain with white vinegar.
Let the stain become saturated.
Leave the vinegar on the fabric for about 5 minutes and then blot the material dry with paper towels, a clean sponge or a dry bath towel.
Hang the fabric on a clothesline where it can dry in the sun.
As soon as you notice that the stain has faded, or vanished you can toss the fabric in with the rest of your normal laundry load.
 
You can use lemon juice to saturate and fade the rust stain on washable or non-washable fabrics.
 
Make a paste of baking soda, salt and a little lemon juice. Spread the paste over the stain and then place the material out in a sunny area of your deck or yard. Check the fabric every couple of hours to see how the rust removal process is progressing. Add a little lemon juice as needed to keep the paste moist. When the stain has faded you can whisk away the dry paste residue with a clean cloth or paper towel.
 
If you need a naturally fragrant way to remove a set-in rust stain why not slice a lemon into two pieces and blot the rust away with a lemon half?
 
Additional Tips for Rust-Stain Removal
 
Use salt and vinegar to clean upholstery or carpets.
Cover the stain with table salt.
Use a vinegar-saturated cloth to cover the salt/stain.
Press the cloth gently down against the stained fabric and let it stay there for an hour.
Check the site to see if the stain has been eliminated.
You may need to repeat the salt/vinegar technique a few times before all of the rust-stain has faded away.
Always work from the underside of fabric if possible.
Do not scrub.
Blot the material.
You can also try using a mixture of cold water and lemon juice to remove some rust stains.  Do not use hot water on rust-stains as this will just make the stains more difficult to remove from fabrics.