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How to Remove Rust Stain on Quilt

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By janice watson

My Laundry Question

How do I remove rust marks from a quilt top I am making?

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I have just finished a quilt top which I have "sandwiched together" with quilters safety pins. Unfortunately the pins must have had rust on the tips which is not really noticeable and now I have these rust pin holes in a number of places on the Quilt. Am I devastated - Yes!!! Is there any way of removing these marks? The pins have been stored properly for some time but it has been very humid here for awhile and I suppose that is what has happened.

The marks are mainly on the white fabric used in this baby quilt. This fabric is 100% cotton.

Lessons Learned

  • Check the pins first. Is there a correct way of storing these pins as they are not used regularly?

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100% cotton

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I know you are upset. Let's see what we can do. Since the rust marks are mainly on white areas, my first suggestion is to use salt and lemon juice. Make a paste of freshly squeezed lemon juice and table salt. Then using a cotton swab (Q-tip) spread the mixture on the rust marks and then place the quilt in the sun to dry. Then wash the quilt as usual. Check the stained areas before you dry the quilt. If the rust is not gone, repeat the process.

There are commercial rust removers but they are much more harsh.

As for storing the quilters pins, keep them in a cool, dry place and put a piece of chalk (blackboard chalk) in the box to absorb moisture. You can also get commercial silica gel packs that will absorb moisture.

Good luck and all the best.
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