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Thread: Sigh...I should have known better!!!

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    Sigh...I should have known better!!!

    I remember seeing this once here on the QB and should have thought of it: don't use steam when pressing the quilt top!!...but I didn't... So what is the best way to remove the rust stains that got on the white border of the baby quilt I was pressing. I plan on washing it after quilting, but is there a prewash I should use? What is the best product?? The stains are not terrible...but they are there and I can see them...

    From now on.... Use a dry iron!! Use a dry iron!!! Use a dry iron!!!! (maybe now I'll remember)

    Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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    So sorry this happened! I had some success using oxyclean on white but you have to be careful that there are no coloured fabrics close it can touch or it will bleach them.

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    Grandma's Secret Spot Remover is pretty amazing.
    Annette in Utah

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    My favorite general stain remover is Zout, but there is a stain remover specifically for rust. I think it is a Rit (the dye people) product, and available at JoAnn's, along with many other stain-specific stain removers.

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    When this happens to me I’ve discovered the stain usually washes out with just regular detergent. I think the rust is so diluted by the water in the iron that it does not set. I have been happy with just washing the quilt.

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    Oxy clean in the wash does wonders.

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    Oxyclean is suppose to be safe for all colors. That is what it says on my bottle.
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    i use Resolve or Shout. I like the tube form because I can be very specific about where to put it. Spray works, too, but I have never used either to remove a rust stain from fabric. I must have had the problem at one time, though as I either dry press or spritz water when pressing.
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    I squirt just a little dish soap (Dawn) on the spot and, with a Q-tip, rub it in. Let sit a few minutes, then a take a toothbrush and work it til sudsy... Then rinse out with cold water using washcloth (finger inside so it doesn't touch other fabric). Works for me....Hopefully, you'll get it out...

    i always empty the water out of my iron after everyday use to avoid rust developing... You'll need to run a mis water and vinegar through the iron to clean it out, possibly. Not sure, tho...
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    Yes, to Teen's response. Dawn fixes a lot of problems for me. I put Dawn directly on any spot that needs treating and I have also used vinegar to clean my iron, just like when cleaning the coffee maker. I don't bother with buying Shout or any of those sorts of products--Dawn is always available. Gee, I hope they never change their product!

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    Blue Dawn, peroxide and baking soda...make a paste and let it sit for a few minutes and use a toothbrush to work in. Works wonders! I have yet to have any spot that has not come out....may have to do a couple of times.

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    Dawn has worked for me too. I highly recommend it.

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    I've had luck with grandma's secret spot remover . (good luck)

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