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12/03/2010

Getting rid of rust stains

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    1. Removing rust stains from clothing and fabric. You can choose any way below to remove rust stains from clothing or other fabrics:
         * Combination of lemon juice and salt. Pile salt over the stain, and then pour some lemon juice onto the salt until it's saturated. Let that sit for 30 minutes before you rinse it.
         * White vinegar. Soak the stain in vinegar for a few minutes, and then rinse it with water.
         * Hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar. Make a paste, and spread it over the rust stain. This one can only be used with rust stains on white clothing.

    2. Removing rust stains from upholstery and carpet. Apply a paste made from salt and lemon juice to the stain. Be warned that the citric acid in lemon juice can bleach colored fabrics and upholstery, so test it on an unexposed portion first, for example, under the sofa. After applying the paste, let it sit for a couple of hours before vacuuming.

    3. Removing rust stains from bath tubs and toilets. As long as the bathtub, sink, or toilet is porcelain, the best way to remove rust stains is to use a pumice stone. In case you're dealing with a non-porcelain surface, use rubber gloves and CLR to remove the rust stain. You can also try a paste made from cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Just follow the formula: apply, rinse and repeat, until it's the way you want it.

    4. Removing rust stains from stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel should never rust - unless it is left dirty or wet for long enough. To clean rust off of stainless steel you need to just scrub it off and keep it dry to prevent it from happening again. The best way to do that is to get a green scrubby and some soap, or, if you're lazy, use Bar Keepers Friend.

    5. Removing rust stains from concrete. Try using hydrogen peroxide (a.k.a. oxygen bleach) mixed with water. Apply to the stain and scrub it with a stiff, non-metal bristle brush. Do NOT use TSP, chlorine bleach and muriatic acid. They are extremely caustic and can be very harmful both to you and the world.
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