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Cleaning Velvet

By Dr. Laundry August 4, 2009

Q. I have a white velvet dress with little brown stains on it from just hanging in the closet. It was folded up for awhile with the hanger on it, and I wonder if the spots could be rust from the hanger. Is there a way to see if the stains will come out without hurting the velvet?

A. If the stain is rust on the white velvet, you would need a specific rust remover product. Summit Instant Rust Out and Whink Rust Remover are two such products. These can usually be found in Home Depot/Lowes or hardware stores. A word of caution: ALWAYS read the label directions and pretest the products as they should only be used on whites/colorfast colors (check on hidden color area before using — see label for details).