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Interesting problem I haven't run into before. I haven't gone back to the client yet to check it out but I'm assuming a brown-out or acid rinse will take care of this.

The buttons on a polyester couch turned brown after cleaning. Tag didn't say anything about natural fibers anywhere, so what do you guys think?
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They weren't metal as far as I could tell - but good point if there was some metal underlying them.
 

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They weren't metal as far as I could tell - but good point if there was some metal underlying them.
I'd almost bet there is metal underlying that rusted. I would try a little rust remover applied to a rag then to the buttons and see if you can get it out. Less is better on something like that. Unless they used a different fabric on those buttons, which is doubtful, then it almost certainly is rust, not fabric browning.

It might be wise to do a very basic burn test just to see if the fabric melts or turns to ash or a little of both. Ash would indicate more of a browning problem from natural fiber than rust. I seriously doubt a blend would brown out that severely. I still tend to think it's rust though.

Btw, just from the picture, I'm very doubtful that's polyester. If I'm really in doubt on a fabric I just like to know if it's natural, synthetic, or a blend. It just takes a minute or so to figure that out with a lighter!
 
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Rust from metal buttons. After you remove the rust, lighty spray wd 40 to prevent the rust from coming back. That's a old chair haven't seen metal buttons in a long time
 

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Use some good gloves that whink acid will reek some havoc
Trust me, I know. Years ago I stuck a bottle in my pocket and forgot about it. While driving to the next job it leaked.I ended up with a chemical burn that covered most of my thy. It burned For about 2 weeks like I was on fire.

I don’t use Whink anymore for day to day rust removal, I use the safer stuff but on this upholstery job I would use Whink.
 
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Trust me, I know. Years ago I stuck a bottle in my pocket and forgot about it. While driving to the next job it leaked.I ended up with a chemical burn that covered most of my thy. It burned For about 2 weeks like I was on fire.

I don’t use Whink anymore for day to day rust removal, I use the safer stuff but on this upholstery job I would use Whink.
U got lucky that could’ve been a lot worse
 

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Interesting problem I haven't run into before. I haven't gone back to the client yet to check it out but I'm assuming a brown-out or acid rinse will take care of this.

The buttons on a polyester couch turned brown after cleaning. Tag didn't say anything about natural fibers anywhere, so what do you guys think?View attachment 92628
its rust

What I do is take a plastic tab square and cut till center and slide that tab behind the button to prevent this from happening.

Try placing some drops of CTI/pros choice rust remover on a clean terry towel and blot, place the plastic tab and rinse when rust is gone, then wipe clean towel and use a blow dryer to dry asap
 
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