Do you need to remove rust stains from clothes? 4 convenient tips

It is easy to remove rust stains from clothing with these tips. Rust stains in clothing are nasty and ugly. On this page we discuss how you get rust stains on clothes and what you can do to remove rust stains from clothes. Read our tips.

How do you get rust stains on clothes?


Untreated metals, such as steel, can rust. Rust is a chemical reaction with oxygen from the air. The metal is converted into an oxide. Oxide is the brown layer you see on the metal. As the oxide comes into contact with your clothing, it stains.

Rust stains in clothing are caused because clothing was lying against the hinge of a wardrobe. Or against a screw or nail somewhere outside on a bench. Before you know it, you have a small brown stain on your clothing, which is nasty. Rust stains in clothing  are often stubborn, but it is perfectly possible to remove rust stains from clothing. Read the tips below.

3 DIY tips on how to remove rust from clothing

HG stain away no. 7 removes rust stains from fabrics effectively. Various tips are shared on the internet, and you can try those to remove rust stains from clothes. HG selected a number of tips. 

Remember, these are DIY tips. Be careful when you use those products. If you want to remove rust from clothes safely, use HG stain away no. 7: the rust-stain remover for fabrics

how to remove rust stains from clothes1. Remove rust stains from white clothing with salt and vinegar 

Make a mixture of salt and vinegar. Apply the mixture to the stain. You can use an old toothbrush. Leave to absorb for 30 minutes. Then rinse the garment properly with cold water. Then wash as customary.

2. Lemon and salt to remove rust from white clothing 

Squeeze half a lemon over the stain. Sprinkle salt on top. Rub in the mixture properly. If possible, leave the garment in the sun. After 10 minutes, rinse out the mixture with cold water. Then wash the item of clothing in the washing machine. 

3. Remove rust from coloured garments with sour milk

You can treat rust stains on coloured garments with sour milk. You can get sour milk by leaving milk outside the fridge for 2 or 3 days. Soak your garment with the stains in this sour milk overnight. Rinse it out the next morning, and then wash the garment in the washing machine.

HG away no. 7: the rust-stain remover for fabrics

remove rust stains from clothesProducts such as vinegar, salt, lemon and sour milk are not always effective and can cause new stains. With  HG stain away no. 7 it is simple and safe to remove rust stains from clothing. This stain remover can also be used on tiles, flagstone, concrete and non-calciferous natural stone. 

This is how you use HG stain away no. 7 to remove rust from clothing:

Larger stains:

  1. Treat an inconspicuous part of the fabric to test it for colourfastness.
  2. Moisten the stain properly with HG stain away no. 7.
  3. Leave to soak for 1 to 2 hours, but don’t let the product dry out.
  4. Then clean the fabric thoroughly with warm water and a brush. 
  5. Repeat the treatment when necessary and leave it to soak for a longer period of time.

Smaller stains:

  1. Treat an inconspicuous part of the fabric to test it for colourfastness.
  2. Put the rust stain on an absorbing white surface, such as kitchen roll.
  3. Use an old cloth and apply the product to the cloth.
  4. Dab the product on the stains.
  5. Rinse it thoroughly with warm water.
    • With HG stain away no. 7 rust stains are a thing of the past. For more information about the product, and about how you remove rust stains from clothing quickly, visit our product page: HG stain away no. 7.

Frequently Asked Questions about removing rust stains from clothes

How do you get rust stains on clothes?

Untreated metals, such as steel, can rust. Rust is a chemical reaction with oxygen from the air. The metal is converted into an oxide. Oxide is the brown layer you see on the metal. As the oxide comes into contact with your clothing, it stains.

How do I remove rust stains from clothing?

With the right treatment you can remove rust stains from fabrics. The most effective method is with  HG stain away no. 7. You can also try salt and vinegar, lemon and vinegar or sour milk.

Which HG product do I use to remove rust from clothing?

You can remove rust stains in clothing with HG stain away no. 7. You can also use this product to remove rust stains on tiles, flagstone, concrete and non-calciferous natural stone.

How to remove old rust stains from clothes?

It's not difficult. You complete the same steps as for removing new rust stains from clothing. 


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