How to Remove Rust From Your Carpet
Rust stains are so very unsightly, but particularly so when they’re on your carpet. they can be. Their unpleasant appearance is rivaled only by their difficulty to remove. They may not be overly common in carpet, but they certainly can occur and are troublesome when they do. This article from Olympia Floors teaches you the best commercial options and DIY to remove rust from your carpet.
The challenge to remove a rust stain in your carpet when you find one can be difficult, because you want to stay away from using certain products that can cause damage to your carpet even though they’re useful in dissolving rust.
Rust is more common in places like car doors, sinks, toilets, and bathtubs, but it can certainly occur on a carpet. When it does occur in carpet, it’s important to address as soon as possible once it has been discovered.
Rust stains in carpet can be caused by bottoms of metal furniture sitting on your carpet, especially for long periods of time. Consequently, that rust stain on your carpet may have been there for quite awhile, and as a result, may be set in and difficult to remove.
Other causes of rust stains on carpet can include placement of rusty items or parts onto your carpet, as well as the dragging of rusty items across your carpet. It can also drip down from a rusty appliance or wall onto your carpet below.
If you’re looking for how to clean rust spots out of carpet, Olympia Floors knows a number of commercial options and DIY that generally work well to remove your unfortunate stain.
Scraping it Off
When you want to start removing a rust stain from your carpet, the first step before applying treatment to the spot is to remove any remaining rust particles that may remain. You have to first remove any rust flakes that may be on top of the stain or in the area surrounding it.
Take either a butter knife, a spoon, or another blunt object and gently scoop or scrape away the rusty flakes, placing them on a paper towel for proper removal. These flakes would be pressed down and embedded deeper into your carpet if you were to fail to remove them before treating the stain, and that would have caused additional staining. Sometimes, with just scraping, you can help reduce the amount of stain that requires treatment, because it loosens some of the rust embedded into the carpet. That’s why removing loose rust before treating a stain will help to protect against worsening or further spreading the stain.
Once you have removed the remaining loose rust, you can apply a treatment to the stain. Whether you’re looking for a non-chemical or chemical solution, there are a number of effective options that you can choose.
You can use any one or a combination of the following solutions to tackle rust stains in your carpet. For stains that have set in, that have been there for quite a long time, you may find you need to attempt a number of options, or even repeat one or more options, before the stain is fully lifted.
The very first thing that is best for you to do is to apply lemon juice to the entire affected area. The citric acid in lemon juice has proved to be a good start against rust because it serves as a great, natural way to break up tough stains and to lighten them as well.
Simply drizzle bottled or fresh lemon juice onto the area of your rust stain – either one will do the trick. Allow it to sit for ten minutes.
Since lemon juice can lighten the stain, you must take care if you are using lemon juice on a darker carpet, or if the stain-affected area is exposed to the light, as prolonged exposure to light with lemon juice can have a bleaching effect.
After ten minutes or so that the lemon juice has had a chance to set into your carpet, you can gently blot the stain with a soft cloth or paper towel soaked in cold water. When working with a rust stain, it is more useful to use a hand-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to work the product more deeply into the carpet and to break up the stain.
Take care, however, not rub or scrub vigorously, as this may push the stain deeper into your carpet. If you do use a brush, be sure to keep your motion gentle and slow, almost like you are lovingly massaging it into the carpet.
Once you have completed treatment of the stain affected area, use a damp cloth with cold water to thoroughly rinse the lemon juice from your carpet. Leaving the lemon juice in could damage your carpet, as well as cause additional stains to form because dirt collects in the stickiness of the juice.
Another effective DIY option for tackling a rust stain is the use of a non-bleach dish detergent. These products are developed specifically to tackle tough stains caused by grease, and so it only makes sense that they could prove helpful in dissolving a rust stain, too. Combine one tablespoon of dish detergent with two cups of warm water in a spray bottle and apply to the area of the rust stain.
Let it sit for several minutes, as the product goes to work dissolving and lifting the stain. Then, take a soft cloth and blot at the area of the stain, working to lift the stain. Rinse thoroughly once it is complete, because dish detergent left in your carpet could cause dirt to collect and lead to additional staining.
White Vinegar and Salt
Most times, lemon juice alone is insufficient for removing a rust stain in its entirety, so a good next step is to try a combination of white vinegar and salt.
White vinegar is great at breaking up and lightening stains, and, when needed, neutralizing odors, while salt works well to absorb stains, especially moisture within the carpet’s fibers.
Pour table salt over the rust stain and allow it to sit. Then, take a soft, white towel or cloth and soak it in white vinegar, placing it over the salt on the stain. Allow to sit for ten minutes.
Then, remove the cloth and, using a damp cloth with cold water, attempt to scoop away as much of the salt as possible before continuing to rinse the solution away.
Another method of using white vinegar to remove a rust stain is to combine one part vinegar with two parts water and spray the solution on your rust stain. Then, using a dry cloth or towel, blot at the stain, reapplying solution as necessary.
Repeat the process and application of the solution as necessary until the stain is removed, or no more rust appears on your cloth. This may be an indication that you have already removed as much of the stain as is successfully possible with this approach.
Once finished, make sure to rinse the remaining vinegar from your carpet so as to avoid any damage to your carpet and to avoid the bitter vinegar stain from remaining in your carpet.
Another potential option that has worked well to lighten tough, dark stains is hydrogen peroxide. This product has a natural bleaching effect, and while this can work well for removing dark stains on light carpets, it should be avoided on darker carpets or even certain carpet materials, like wool, as permanent damage can occur.
This is why, you should first test a small amount of the solution on a non-visible area of your carpet to ensure no bleaching or additional damage will occur, before attempting to remove your rust stain with this solution.
Once you have determined the product safe to use on your carpet, combine one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with three tablespoons of warm water in a squirt bottle and apply to the area affected by the rust stain.
Let it sit for 15-30 minutes as the solution soaks into the carpet and goes to work treating your stain. This can help to break up the stain, lifting it from your carpet, and lightening the dark stain.
Take a dry cloth and blot the area until the stain has lifted, reapplying the solution as necessary. Once the stain is removed or treatment completed, rinse thoroughly using a damp rag with cold water.
Commercial Carpet Cleaner
You may choose to use a commercial carpet cleaner, because rust stains can be difficult to remove using only one stain removal approach. These can work quite well for removing rust because some are even specially formulated to tackle rust.
If you’re facing a tough rust stain, or if rust stains frequently appear in your carpet, then you may want to keep on hand a commercial rust stain remover for carpets for every time you encounter one of those dreaded brown rings in your carpet.
One option that may work well for you is Iron OUT Rust Stain Remover Spray Gel. This solution is designed for use on rust stains affecting a range of surfaces, including carpet, and goes to work immediately on contact to dissolve rust. As always, follow instructions on the product to ensure proper use and removal.
The Finishing Touches
Once you have completed treatment of your carpet’s rust stain, it’s important to rinse the treatment solution from your carpet thoroughly to avoid any damage, as well as to avoid additional staining, as these products can collect dirt if left in your carpet. Use a damp cloth soaked in cold water and gently blot at the treated area until all of the product has been removed.
After the solution is removed, use a dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture from the treated area of carpet. To prevent the growth of mildew and mold, it is important to ensure the treated area of your carpet has been sufficiently dried.
Once the carpet is dry, you can run a vacuum cleaner over the area to restore your carpet’s natural fluff and smoothness to leave it looking good as new.
There you go; following these DIY to remove the rust stains from your carpet, you should be alright. Because Olympia Floors wants to make sure you fully enjoy your beautiful, comfortable carpets. Stop by our store in Chicago and check out our complete collection of world-class, quality carpets at the best prices in Chicago. When it comes to carpet, we have all the styles, colors, designs, trends, texture and materials in the world.