Rust stains are probably more prevalent on patios and driveways than on clothing, but all it takes is brushing up against a rusted iron railing to end up with a troublesome stain on a lovely summer outfit.
Iron mold is another name for rust stains on clothing. If you’ve seen these stains and aren’t sure where they came from, your washing machine might be to blame if it’s very old. Look for rust marks before and after you wash your clothes. If your washing machine is to be blamed, then you may need to replace it.
Are your stain-removal skills a little rusty? Follow Squeaky Cleaning’s instructions for removing rust and iron stains from different kinds of surfaces.
You can get rid of rust stains by applying salt and lemon juice to the stain and leaving it in the sun. Allow the stained area to dry and brush away the salt. Alternatively, you might try some of the suggestions below.
Driveways & Patios
Garden fertilizer, which usually contains iron, is a major cause of rust on patios. Older garden equipment can also leave rust stains on your deck. The most straightforward approach to get rid of these stains is to use a rust-specific cleaner for rust stains, which you may use on patios and concrete. It’s essential to choose a cleaner that doesn’t contain acid, harming natural stone patios.
For stubborn stains, use a pressure washer, which will save you a lot of elbow grease. However, depending on the surface, some rust stains may be cleaned using items found in the home already, such as lemon juice and white vinegar or WD40.
Use a mixture of ten parts water to one part laundry detergent, and test it first on a small area. If the stain doesn’t come out, use a stronger solution while being careful not to over-wet the carpet. Alternately, target the stained area with a mixture of lemon juice and salt. It will fade faster if you do this. Remove the salt by rinsing it off or vacuuming it up.
Wash the usual light rust stains on clothes in a washing machine, preferably with a biological detergent. To get rid of the heavy stains, apply a rust and iron mold remover on stained areas and wash at the highest temperature the cloth will allow. Because iron mold may readily spread from one garment to another, stay cautious and treat any damaged clothing as soon as possible.
Cast Iron or Steel Enamelled Bathtubs
You can remove rust stains by rubbing them with a solution of water and bicarbonate of soda, then rinsing it off after an hour. Lemon juice and salt are also effective. After that, rinse or vacuum the salt away.
Warning: Never use chlorine bleach to remove a rust stain; it will permanently fix the stain.
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