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    Help - where did this come from?

    I am quilting an antique wedding ring quilt by hand and I discovered that all the safety pins I pinned it with has rusted on the quilt and I had to pull them out. Now how do I get the rust stains off the quilt. and why did this happen when I had it right by my chair in the family room? anyone know or can help me...

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    I don't know, but I would try Googling for advice.

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    can't say why it happened, but here are some suggestions I found, using Google, that might help,
    http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-t...e-rust-stains/
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    That's why it's best to use only brass safety pins; they won't rust.

    I'm not sure of the best way to remove rust stains. Especially because this is a vintage top, I think I would contact http://www.retroclean.com to ask if their product will work on rust stains. You would want to wait until the top is quilted and bound before cleaning.

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    Those "silvery" safety pins don't need to be in water or to be "wet" to rust; just the humidity in the room air is enough to cause the reaction. Always use brass safety pins on quilts, as mentioned before. They *are* more expensive, but they are also softer to open and close, a nice benefit for the expense.

    I hope you will be able to get the rust stains our when you are finished.

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    I have heard of a product called Whink but I have never used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Those "silvery" safety pins don't need to be in water or to be "wet" to rust; just the humidity in the room air is enough to cause the reaction. Always use brass safety pins on quilts, as mentioned before. They *are* more expensive, but they are also softer to open and close, a nice benefit for the expense.

    I hope you will be able to get the rust stains our when you are finished.

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    Hi Jan, You are a wealth of information. I've noticed several times you have know so much about the topic. Thanks for always sharing!

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    straight pins and needles can also rust and leave marks in fabric

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    There is a product called Carbona stain devils #9 for rust and perspiration. It is a small yellow container, you should be able to find it at Walmart with the laundry detergents.

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    I used lemon juice and salt to remove rust stains from overall buckles. Never had it damage any fabric but would test first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncsewer View Post
    Hi Jan, You are a wealth of information. I've noticed several times you have know so much about the topic. Thanks for always sharing!
    Oh my goodness, aren't you sweet!
    I guess I've been in the industry a l-o-n-g time and remember way more than is necessary.

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    At a.c.moore by the counter...grandmas spot remover. Works great

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    straight pins and needles can also rust and leave marks in fabric
    Rust sure is an enemy with quilting! I haven't had any issues with rust on fabric, so I can't be of any help there.

    Here is where rust happens too: I have always stuck a pin (usually a 'T' pin) in the opening to my glue bottles, even after closing them. This way the glue doesn't harden in the tips. Well, I use the bottle caps with long tips from empty hair coloring bottles bought at a beauty supply store. The caps fit perfectly on the Elmer's School Glue bottles. Yesterday, not thinking, I grabbed a Clover 'flower head' pin and placed it in the spout to store the glue after using it. Pulled out the pin today and it was rusted, along with the glue that was still in the spout. Squeezed that rusty glue out and found myself a 'T' pin and put it in the opening. I have never had a problem with rusting from the 'T' pins in glue bottles. I checked my pin cushions and the flower head pins all looked fine.

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    Thanks to all of you, I knew you would all come to my rescue, I can always count on the Quilting Board to come thru. I will try the suggestions and let you know how they work out.what would we do without each other? thanks again

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    Try hydrogen peroxide. It does NOT bleach anything, and medical personnel use it to get out blood. It just may do the trick.

    By the way, peroxide also takes out smells. My cat peed on a brand new sofa and chair when we were gone for a week. I tried all the normal remedies, like Nature's Miracle, and it would remove the smell for a few days, then would be back even worse! So I saturated the areas with a 50/50 mixture of water and peroxide, and let it dry thoroughly. It's been 2 months and not a hint of urine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I have heard of a product called Whink but I have never used it.
    I've used Whink Rust Stain Remover for years. It works great. Squirt it on and the rust disappears. It is made for color fast fabrics. I would test it on a small area first. You want the brown bottle. Good luck.

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    I have a bottle of Whink that I have had for at least 40 years. One drop and the rust is gone. You can watch it disappear. Then rinse the spot with plain water.

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    I'm sure glad I checked this thread!! I'll be getting some Whink Rust Stain Remover!!!
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    As I have said before, we all learn something from here. Thanks for all the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Jan View Post
    I am quilting an antique wedding ring quilt by hand and I discovered that all the safety pins I pinned it with has rusted on the quilt and I had to pull them out. Now how do I get the rust stains off the quilt. and why did this happen when I had it right by my chair in the family room? anyone know or can help me...
    there's a very common rust remover in the cleaning section of the grocery. I think it's called ZINK but I'm not sure. Try that. At worst-------it won't hurt your fabic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I have heard of a product called Whink but I have never used it.
    Works just great------------that's the stuff I posted about with the wrong name. Available in any grocery cleaning section.
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    Lemon juice and salt. Let it say for awhile. I use to get rust stains on my tops when i put them on a hanger wet ( medal hangers) lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by running1 View Post
    I'm sure glad I checked this thread!! I'll be getting some Whink Rust Stain Remover!!!
    Me too. I've never had any rust, but want to be prepared, just in case.
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    Whink Rust Remover is great for some things but not all. It removed the rust on my chenille robe but also removed the color! Be wary. If all else fails, maybe applying just a dab of Whink with a Q-tip on just the white, solid pieces if there are any. I would try everything else first and this idea only out of desperation. Good luck.

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    Whink is good. I have used it on clothing to sinks. I don't know how it would do on old fabric though.

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