Post # 1
I can’t believe it. So I tried on my dress today for probably the last time before the wedding just to see where I will sew some appliques on. My mom had some old metal hair clips in her purse, so she’s like “haha let me put these on your neckline just to see how they’d look!” I told her not to because they’ll ruin the dress but she insisted and went ahead to do it anyway! I immediately took them off and it left this horrible metal stain on the neckline!!
I immediately tried to take the stain off with water or something and it just won’t come off. I’m freaking out. How the heck am I going to get married in a dress with a horrible metal stain on it? I’m beyond pissed, and the worst part is that she didn’t even appologize. All she did was try to take the blame on me for other things I’ve done in the past. So pissed!
Anyone know how to get this stuff off of a taffeta wedding dress??
Post # 3
OMG! Not the dress! Anything but the dress! T_T
I am so sorry to read about this, there is hope though!
I know it talks about dirt as the stain but maybe it could work for this metal stain too?
Good luck! Let us know how it all turns out!
Post # 4
Googled this. Not sure how willing you are to experiment on your wedding dress though.
Rust Stains on Clothing
If you’ve ever gotten rust on your clothes, you know how difficult it can be to remove it. What we’ve discovered is that the absolute best way to remove rust is to use commercial rust stain remover. really. If you don’t have any rust remover, you can use lemon juice (citric acid) or white vinegar (acetic acid) as both are effective at removing rust.
To use this method, you should lay the rust-stained fabric over some paper towels; you can then cut the lemon in half and squeeze it on the stain or simply pour the same amount of vinegar juice on the spot. Make sure that it is saturated and then blot it dry with paper towel. Then, set it outside in the sun and after it has dried, you should wash it normally (assuming it is washable).
Another option is to use rhubarb stalks. To do this, you simply cut them into one inch pieces and put them in a pot of water. You then allow the mixture to boil and let it sit for 15 minutes. You then take the rust stained fabric and let it soak in the mixture for about 1-24 hours depending on the stain. Another option is to put some lemon juice and salt on the item and then place it in the sun.
Post # 5
There are special stain-removers for metal. Do you have Stain Devil where you are? First I would take it to the Dry Cleaners and see what they could do though.
And as difficult as it is I would try not to be to pissed at your mother, let this one flow…
Post # 6
White vinegar should work. Or you can alternate white vinegar with lemon juice and then take it to the cleaners.
Post # 7
Oh and i also read that you should make sure you use a white cloth to wipe just incase of colour transfers and such.
Post # 8
Thanks all for your help! This wouldn’t bother me as much if it wasn’t my wedding dress but I appreciate all of your ideas 🙂
Post # 9
Oh no! bicarb gets stains out of almost everything and won’t leave a mark behind. I honestly wouldn’t trust the rhubarb at all! Vinegar would work but it will leave a smell behind. Lemon should be ok also. I would honestly try bicarb (baking soda) with a little water worked into a paste.
Post # 10
Try rubbing the stain with vinegar. Or toothpaste. I think toothpast will work.
Post # 11
Take it to a professional cleaners. Don’t risk ruining it further with an at-home DIY remedy. Taffeta isn’t very forgiving of mistakes. If it costs a lot to get it cleaned, send the bill to your mom.
Post # 12
@Toastymama: Actually rhubarb does work surprisingly enough! Only thing is you have to soak the fabrics in the mixture which would definitely not work for taffeta.
Personally I would take it to the best dry cleaners you could…and DON’T let your mom touch it again!
Post # 13
What is the fiber content of the dress? (I know you said taffeta, but is it an acetate/rayon taffeta, a nylon taffeta, etc.?) I have a book called The Stain and Spot Remover Handbook, and the “taffeta” section gives different instructions depending on what type of taffeta it is.
The same book also recommends, for removing rust from fabrics: make a mixture of lemon juice and salt, apply directly to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and pour boiling water through the fabric until the stain is out. Afterward, wash as usual (i.e. following the washing instructions for whichever type of taffeta you are dealing with).
Best of luck!
(Another thought, since you were already toying with the idea of adding applique’s: would it be possible to use one/a few to disguise the stain? Maybe even if you can’t get it out completely, if you get it to at least fade a bit, an applique’ could hide it effectively.)