Carpets tend to succumb to all kinds of stains. From wine to rust, you never really know what might land on your carpet and form a stain. So, what do you do when you encounter a rust stain? With a few tips and tricks on how to remove old rust stain from carpet, you should have a clean and spotless carpet in no time.

How to Remove Old Rust Stain from Carpet

This post is a step-by-step guide on removing rust stains from your carpet. It points out two simple methods you can use to remove stains, with items you probably already have in your pantry.

Method 1

How to Remove Old Rust Stain from Carpet
  • Once you discover the rust stain, be sure to get rid of its source. If the rust stain came from the legs of a piece of furniture, for example, consider placing a darker area rug underneath the furniture, or move the furniture to a different location to prevent further stains.
  • Using a piece of plastic or butter knife to scrape up any visible rust from the fibers. The scraping will help to remove some of the rust. The trick here is to scrap gently as you wouldn’t want to rip the carpet fibers.
  • Take some dish soap and pour it onto a sponge. Then blot the stain using the sponge and give it about 5 minutes to soak.
  • Begin pressing the stain and repeatedly blot the affected area with a white piece of cloth (that you don’t mind using as an area rag or disposing once you’re done). The stain should gradually transfer to the cloth.
  • If you don’t seem to be making any progress, mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with warm water.
  • Pour the mixture of warm water and ammonia onto the rust stain. Let this sit for about 5 minutes before blotting the stain with a clean portion of the white cloth.
  • If you can still see some rust stain residue, mix white vinegar, lemon juice and salt together and apply the mixture directly onto the rust stain. Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours before blotting with a damp towel.

Method 2

Here’s another way to go about cleaning your carpet and removing rust stains.

  • Take a generous amount of salt and lemon juice then apply it directly to the rust stain.
  • Give it a few minutes to sit and break down the stain.
  • Pour hot water directly onto the stained area and you should see the stain starting to disappear.

Bottom Line

Now that’s how to remove old rust stain from carpet.  While rust stains can be difficult to remove, all you need is to follow a few simple steps. Using the two cleaning processes mentioned above, getting rust out of your carpet shouldn’t be a cause for worry. Remember to always do a spot test on a small section of the carpet that’s usually hidden or not normally visible. This ensures you don’t end up damaging your entire carpet.

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