How to Remove Rust Stains From Carpet

by | Feb 9, 2021 | Tips | 0 comments

When we do deep cleaning of our house, we usually find dirt and stains in odd places from unknown sources. The most common stains to find on carpets are food, drink, and pet stains, but how can we resolve and restore carpet affected by rust stains?

Rust stains don’t respond to using vacuum cleaners, or baking soda. But there are several things you can try, including household items like salt, lemon, and vinegar. Rust is a naturally occurring phenomenon when certain metals are exposed to oxygen and water for a length of time. Once the rust has set in, it can become much more difficult to remove it. So, here are some steps on how you can get rid of that red rusty marks out of carpets.

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Step 1: Investigate and Remove The Stains From The Carpet

Are there any rusting materials attached to your carpet? To know what’s causing your carpet to become affected by this rust stain, you should immediately investigate and find the source. Once identified, this must be removed to avoid reappearing in your carpet.

Step 2: Scrape Loose Rust

Before applying any liquids, solutions, or chemicals that you will use to clean your carpets, make sure that there wasn’t any loose rust or dirt in the stain. You may use a spoon or any other hard, but not sharp objects to poke and scrape the affected spot. Removing loose rust first will prevent the rust from spreading to your carpet when you applied solutions.

Step 3: Try Different Liquid or Solution Method

The dish soap method. Pour 2 to 3 drops (depending on how big the affected area is) of your most effective dish soap onto an unused or clean sponge. Start blotting the sponge directly onto the stain and let it soak for about 10minutes. Using a clean white cloth (choose a cloth that is ok to get stained) and begin pressing the damp spot repeatedly. You can witness how the rust stain will be absorbed by the white cloth. 

The ammonia method. If you have this in your home, mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of your household ammonia. Gently pour the mixture of water and ammonia directly on the affected spot. Let it soak for about 5 minutes. Finish the process by blotting it with a clean white cloth.

The white vinegar and salt method. These are very common in every home. Vinegar and salt give you more stain-removing power if your dish soap and water don’t get the job done. The acid in the vinegar helps dissolve discoloration from rust. Pour the right amount of vinegar into the affected area. Then sprinkle a generous amount of salt. Let it sit for 1 hour. Take a rest and let the vinegar and salt do their magic. If the stain is not removed fully for some reason, you may repeat the process as necessary.

The Lemon method. Lemon juice has its natural bleaching power. If stains are still on your carpet, you may use this technique. In a small bowl, pour a one-half cup of lemon juice and two teaspoons of salt. Bring out your clean white cloth and dip it in your solution. Press the cloth firmly on the stained area to let the lemon juice saturate. Wait for five minutes and clean the area with a dry cloth

Farewell tips. A rust stain on your carpet is a nuisance when you’re doing your carpet cleaning. Always remember that the quicker you take action with a stain, the more likely it is easier to remove it. Do not rub the fabric or carpet harshly, this may cause damage or make the stain worse. Never use bleach. It will make the rust stain permanent.