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Subject: Removing rust stains

Removing rust stains

From: Barry Knight <barry>
Date: Friday, October 4, 1996
In Conservation DistList Instance: 10:33, Laura Binns asked how to
remove rust stains from starched white cuffs.  The traditional
method of doing this was to use a solution of oxalic acid (toxic!)
which would complex with the iron salts.  No doubt other complexing
agents (eg EDTA) would work as well or better.  After carrying out
this treatment the traditional nurse would launder and starch her
cuffs, but you might not want to do this.

Barry Knight
English Heritage

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:35
                 Distributed: Saturday, October 5, 1996
                       Message Id: cdl-10-35-011
Received on Friday, 4 October, 1996

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