Newspaper Q&A Articles

I Need to Rid My Dress of a Rust Mark.

A woman ruins her expensive dress with a rust stain. (Action Line column in the Miami Herald)

Q: One enchanted evening I must have leaned against a rusty railing. My beautiful, not to mention expensive, white cocktail dress has a rusty line across the derrière.

Neither dry cleaning nor hand washing has removed it.

Is there any way I can save my dress?

A: Try Magica Rust Remover. It’s safe to use on most fabrics. “We tried it on just about everything with pretty good results,” says Magica’s aptly named Rusty Williams in Oshkosh, Wis.

He recommends the water-soluble gel rather than the spray for fabrics. It shouldn’t remove anything other than the rust stain, but to be safe, test it on an inconspicuous part of your dress first.

How to Get Rid of Stains on Drain?

A reader has rust problems in his bathroom. (Action Line column in the Miami Herald – November 2003)

Q: Can Action Line tell me how to get rid of rust stains around the drain and the faucet on my porcelain bathroom sink? – Bill Sturm via email.

A: Try Magica Rust Remover.

You can order it directly from the company … Magica removes rust stains from ceramics, concrete, Fiberglas (sic) and the like. It may dull highly polished surfaces such as brass and chrome and some ceramic glazes. Don’t use it on glass. It will damage it. It works well on most fabrics, too, but test an inconspicuous area first.

Although it’s pretty safe stuff, it’s still a chemical, Myra Manser from Magica’s headquarters in Oshkosh, Wis., warned. Rinse it off with water or with a damp cloth to get rid of the residue.

Magica comes as spray or as a gel in a tube. Manser suggests you use the gel if you need to control where it goes.

We Don’t Think Stains Are Trivial.

A satisfied Magica customer is looking for more of the product in England. (Action Line column in Miami Herald – August 2000)

Q: A few years ago my mother, who was visiting from England, picked up a rust-removing product called Magica.

It was the only thing that removed the rust stains from her granddaughter’s white Royal Navy dress uniform.

She wants to get more and sent me the cardboard box it came in. But I can’t find anyone who stocks it.

I’ve tried local hardware stores without success. I called the company in Oshkosh, Wis., but that phone number now belongs to a private residence.

Can you help me?

A: Certainly – Magica hasn’t vanished! …

Reader Response: We Don’t Think Stains Are Trivial

Thank you very much for your help in finding the Magica … I found the product in all its forms (two kinds of bottles and a tube) at Crook and Crook in Coconut Grove as you suggested, and a pair of tubes are already winging their way to my mother in England.

I have also faxed a copy of that day’s Action Line page to her … – Sally Swaney from Coconut Grove

How to Remove Rust Once It Has Set In

Reader inquired about Magica Rust Remover product. (Action Line column in Miami Herald – November 2004)

Q: I left a full load of white laundry in my washing machine while I was away on a two-week business trip. Now I have rust stains on most of it. I tried washing it in Clorox, but the stains remain.

A: The Miami Herald’s Action Line column suggested our Magica Rust Remover product multiple times throughout their response.

What can I do? I don’t want to waste more than $150 in clothing and bed linens. – Eric Day via email

A: As you’ve discovered, bleach doesn’t remove rust stains; you need a rust remover. It takes an acid to remove rust and some commercial rust removers are too strong for clothes. Look for one that can be used on fabrics.

Action Line has found success with Magica Rust Remover. It can be ordered at 800-236-1143 or through www.magicarustremover.com. It doesn’t contain the dangerous acids found in many rust removers, said the company’s Myra Manser in Oshkosh, WI, and it only requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s leas (sic) toxic “caution” label. Even so, Manser cautioned, it’s still a chemical, and it should be washed off skin and fabric promptly.

The manufacturer says Magica can be used on cotton, polyester, wool, linen and silk, but, before using, first test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area. It can also be used on upholstery and anywhere that rust needs removing – sinks, tubs, most ceramics, masonry, fiberglass and the like. However, it shouldn’t be used on glass because it can etch it, and it may dull highly polished surfaces such as brass, chrome and some glazes.

It is available in an eight-ounce spray or gel bottle for $10 each. It is also available in larger quantities. (Manser suggests you use the gel if you need to control where it goes.)

You can also find the product at some marine supply stores. Call the toll-free number to locate the nearest one.