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How do you remove rust stains from linen?

By Dr. Laundry March 28, 2015

Q: How do you remove rust stains from linen?

A: Thanks for sending in your question.  Unfortunately rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach (or any product containing chlorine bleach for that matter).  You need to use a rust remover product instead, and these can be found at hardware stores—just be sure to read and follow the package directions, including wearing gloves.  The biggest issue with treating washable fabrics with a rust remover is whether or not they are colorfast.  You can always test a spot on a hidden part of the stained items if you want to be sure the rust remover is safe to use.  After you have treated the items, be sure to rinse them thoroughly and let them air dry.




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