Date: April 1991 (Revised April 1995)
Source: NDSU Extension Service Youth and Family Specialist
To remove a rust stain from a washable fabric, follow one of these suggestions:
1. Use a rust remover such as Whink, Rover, Rust Remover or Zud. Follow the instructions on the container very carefully. Launder garment following instructions on the care label. If stain remains, do not machine dry as heat could set the stain.
2. Spread stained area over a pan of boiling water. Squeeze on lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and dry in the sun. Launder garment following instructions on the care label.
Before attempting to remove a stain, test the suggested stain removal product on a seam allowance, inside pocket or other inconspicuous area. If you do not have the time or the stain removal products on hand, or are concerned about damaging the garment, ask your local drycleaner to remove the stain. In some cases stains are impossible to remove either by home methods or by a drycleaner.
If you have more questions, please contact your county office of the NDSU Extension Service.
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