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Stain Removal Guide

Rust and Iron Stains

Wet Clean


  1. Moisten stain with water.
  2. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Drip on lemon juice.
  4. Dry in sun if possible.
  5. Repeat 1 through 4 if needed. If these steps don't seem to work, put oxalic-acid crystals (6) (buy at drugstore) in cheesecloth, moisten and apply to stain. Rinse completely. (Do not use on Nylon.)


Rust stains are almost impossible to remove from articles which must be dry cleaned.

Cleaning Method

WET CLEAN - Wet Cleaners are liquids, the most important being water.

DRY CLEAN - Dry Cleansers contain no actual moisture, even when in liquid form.

Special Treatments

  1. Chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide may be necessary to remove last traces of stain. Mix 1 tsp of bleach and 1 tsp of water. Rinse well. Do not use chlorine on silk, wool, spandex, flame-proofed fabrics, or mohair.
  2. Do not use heat of any kind on stain area until stain is removed, as heat may set the stain.
  3. Dilute alcohol with two parts water if using acetate.
  4. Test in an inconspicuous place first to see if colors or fabric are affected.
  5. Ammonia changes some dyes. Restore by warm water and white vinegar rinse.
  6. Could be poisonous.
  7. Could be flammable.
  8. Dilute ammonia with equal parts of water for silk or wool.
  9. While white vinegar is safe for all fabrics, dyes may change when vinegar is applied. If colors do change, rinse with water and ammonia solution, followed by water rinse.

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