How to get Rust Stains out of Your Carpet

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Here’s a brief horror story if you love your carpet: You move a steel-coated side table to discover (dun, dun, dun)— a rust stain on your carpet!
Along with red wine, rust is one of the hardest stains to remove from carpet. It can take a great deal of patience and effort to get it looking 100% again. However, there are a few things that will make the process a bit easier.
If you’ve found a spot of rust on your carpet, fret not! Here’s what you need to do.

Get rid of the loose rust

The first step for getting rid of rust in the carpet is removing the loose rust. This is a great job for a knife with a dull edge (like a butter knife). Take the knife and scrape it against the carpet to loosen up any of the visible rust in the carpet fibers.
After you remove the loose rust, use your vacuum to get rid of the particles.

Use a homemade cleaner

Next, create a cleanser to remove the rest of the rust. You’ll need:
  • Dish soap
  • Household ammonia
  • Warm water
Take a small bowl and mix two cups of warm water, two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and one tablespoon of household ammonia.
Get a clean white cloth and place it into the mixture before using it to saturate the rusty area on the carpet. Once it has been applied, let it sit for five minutes or longer.
After the cleaner has had time to do its magic, take a second cloth and blot away the moisture from the stained areas. Once the entire carpet stain has been blotted, give it time to dry.
If you can’t find ammonia at the store, here’s a recipe for another DIY rust remover.
You’ll need:
  • Lemon juice
  • Table salt
Add one teaspoon of lemon juice to ¼ cup of table salt. Stir into a paste and then apply it to the affected area. Let the solution sit on the carpet for two hours or until completely dry.
Once dry, vacuum the affected area to remove the salt. And there you have it! Your carpet should be free of stubborn rust stains.

Preventing rust stains

If you find that rust stains are a recurring issue in your home, you should find out what is causing them and tackle it at the source.
Rust stains are commonly caused by corroded metal locks, furniture, cars, or anything made of coated steel; however, they can also be caused by other things, such as water sources, rusty pipes or heaters, and water storage containers.
If your rust problem is related to a water source (like rusty heaters or pipes), it could indicate your home is in need of dire repair.
That being said, a rusty pipe is a lot easier (and more affordable) to fix than a burst pipe. If you think your rust problem could indicate a larger problem within your home, call a professional to perform an inspection.

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