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How To Clean Rust Stains Out of Your Carpet

Rust stainsFor whatever reason you have a rust stain on your carpet, its driving you crazy and you want to get it out without using any heavy chemicals or calling a professional. In this article you can find information on the proper removal of rust stains out of your carpet, using nothing but household supplies and a bit of knowledge.

Using soap water

This first method is effective on light staining and is the least invasive one. It uses half a liter of water and ½ a tablespoon of dish washing detergent, make sure it does not contain any bleach or lanolin as those will adversely affect your carpet, its fibers and pigments.

  • Mix that into a water bottle or a mixing boll – use the bottle to mist on the mixture or apply with a sponge.
  • Use a white towel to blot out the stain from the outside in – check to see how much of the stain is transferring.

This method should be more than enough to deal with light staining. You have to rinse out the detergent and remove any soapy residue that might be leftover from the solution. Use cold water and rinse the spot out, soapy residues attract dirt a lot faster, so avoid leaving the spot without rinsing it.

Using lemon juice to remove rust from your carpet

Rust removers are acidic and it’s with acid that they dissolve and remove any rust residue from fibers. Since rust removes are a bit too acidic for natural and some synthetic carpets, you can use lemon juice to deal with the rust instead. Store bought lemon juice is fine as well as long as there are no additives.

  • Hoover the spot to remove any fine particles that have not bound to the fibers – every little bit counts when dealing with rust. Use the upholstery attachment, avoid brushes or you might drive the stain deeper into the carpet. You can apply it directly on the surface of the carpet. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Get a white paper towel and blot out until the stain is gone.

If the stain is persisting follow the exact same steps until the stain is gone or you are no longer getting stain transfer.

White vinegar, lemon juice and salt

This method is for heavier stains and soiling. Combine half a cup of vinegar with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, you can use store bought as well. Make a paste using enough salt to act as an abrasive.

  • Apply the mixture on the carpet and let it sit for 15 minutes – the compound will react with the stain and allow its full removal. Be sure to hoover the spot thoroughly to remove any debris in the stain.
  • Scrape the mixture out of the spot – use warm water to remove the residue.
  • Blot out the area with a white towel – regularly check and see if there is any stain transfer.

This should do the trick and remove any rust stains on your carpet. All rust repellents are acidic, so a combination of the most acidic household items should be a sure way of removal.

If the stain still persists use 3% hydrogen peroxide, apply it directly on the spot and let it sit, the sunlight will react with it and dissolve it into water so there’s no need to rinse, simply allow to sit and then blot until dry using a paper towel, repeat process until stain is gone.