Ironing your clothing is a chore you do almost every day to make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free. Occasionally, however, this task may create even more problems by leaving rust or scorch marks on your clothes. If this happens, do you know what to do? Here are some tips on how to handle both of these marks.
Removing Iron Stains: Step by Step
- Choose a detergent and stain remover
- Act as quickly as possible and apply your stain remover to the burn or rust mark
- If dealing with rust, use a clean white towel to blot away as much of the red coloring as possible
- Wash and rinse your clothing item quickly, using bleach if it is safe the fabric
- Check the stain to see if it’s gone
Choose a Detergent and Stain Remover
The type of detergent you need depends on the color of your clothing. For white clothes, use Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel. For colored clothing, use Persil Color Megaperls® or Persil Color Gel. Perwoll Care should be used when hand washing delicate fabrics.
Pre-Treat Your Stain
Apply the detergent as quickly as possible. If the scorch mark isn’t too bad, you can lightly rub the stain remover onto the stain and wipe it away with a clean cloth. Many times, this will get rid of the stain without requiring it to be laundered again. For tough iron burn stain removal, rub your detergent onto the stain, soaking it completely.
Wash and Rinse
Wash the fabrics in the hottest water temperature safe for the fabric using the ‘heavily soiled’ dosage on your detergent.
Check the Stain After Washing
Check to see if the stain has faded. If it hasn’t, pre-treat the area again and repeat the wash cycle.
Getting Iron Stains Out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics
Have a burn mark on your sheets or a rust stain on your silk shirt? The steps above can help you get rid of most marks, but it’s important to consider the fabric before you toss it in the washer. Silk materials with rust stains should always be hand-washed using Perwoll Care for delicate fabrics. If you’re trying to get rid of stains on other laundry types, like sheets, always check the maintenance labels to make sure they are machine washable.
Special Detergents for Iron Stains
Persil detergent and Perwoll Care can help get rid of iron stains on your clothing, but you may be tempted to use a natural or homemade stain remover instead. Unlike Persil detergent, which is made for cleaning clothes, some natural stain removers, like hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and bleach, may actually cause more damage, especially on colored fabrics, and should be avoided.
Types of Iron Stains and Special Conditions
Keep in mind that heavily scorched fabrics with damaged fibers cannot be returned to their original state. Fabrics with shiny areas caused by burns from your iron are also past saving.
Removing Iron Stains From White Clothing
Need to remove iron stains on white clothes? Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel should be used on any machine-washable white clothing to get rid of stains.
Get rid of iron burn marks and rust stains quickly with these tips and renew the look of your clothing.