How To Get Rust Out Of Carpet Using Common Household Products.

Ok, you just moved moved into a new place or you moved some furnitures, and you just discovered you have rust stains on your carpet and you are looking for how to get rust out of carpet?. Not to worry we got your back.

What Causes Rust Stains On Carpet?

Rust is one of the mystery stains that most homeowners find difficult to get out of their carpeting. If you’ve had furnitures with metal bottom, like a metal file cabinet, come in contact with water for a long time rust can find it’s way to your carpet.

Rust is the common name for the orange – red – brown colored substance known as iron oxide. It is that stain left behind by corrosion of iron. The process that forms rust  when iron come in contact with air (oxygen) and moisture is called the “oxidation of iron”.

Although, rust stains are harmless, they can be stubborn to remove and when not properly cleaned it can leave embarrassing spattters of rust stain all over your carpet – which can be unsightly on white carpeting or light carpets.

If you have rust stains on your carpeting or rug, be rest assured that rust stains are not permanent. It can easily be cleaned off using common household and commercial rust remover for carpet.

What Will Remove Rust Stains?

Before using a cleaning product on your carpet, it is best you look at the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer to know how to go about it. You should avoid using bleach or any product capable of bleaching the carpet fibers to avoid discoloration. If at all you decide to use it, you should first try it on a hidden corner to test if your carpet is color-fast.

How To Remove Old rust stain from carpet

Using A Liquid Soap solution

  1. A mixture of dish soap and water can be be a very effective solution to cleaning old rust stain on carpet.
  2. What you want to do is to mix dish soap in water in a little bowl – to form a soapy solution – and use a little sponge to blot the solution into the affected spot on the carpet. Make sure the solution is just enough to saturate the affected area.
  3. After you’ve done that, leave it for a few minutes and gently scrub the affected spot.
  4. When you’re done with that use a clean towel or a regular kitchen towel to dry the spot.

You have to be careful while scrubbing; to prevent further spread the stain to other areas of the carpet.

Using Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Salt

Stubborn rust stain can be a pain to remove from the carpet especially old rust stains that have sat on the carpet for a long time. And that brings us to the next method that will explain how you can remove rust stain using white vinegar, some lemon juice and table salt.

Vinegar can be a very effective home remedy to remove rust especially when used together with table salt and lemon juice.

Ordinary table salt alone, or as a paste, due to its mild abrasive property can remove rust. But when combined together with vinegar and lemon juice, it can make a decent rust remover.

White vinegar is a mildly acidic.  When a solution that contain vinegar and salt is used to clean rust, a chemical reaction occur which forms an acid (hydrochloric acid) and a salt called sodium acetate.

Rust which is also called ferric acid is soluble in weak hydrochloric acids. That is why vinegar, salt and lemon juice is very effective in cleaning rust stain.


  1. To make our own cleaning solution; First add some vinegar and a generous amount of lemon juice into a bowl. Add enough salt to saturate the vinegar and lemon juice to create a paste that will be a little bit abrasive to help break down the stain.
  2. Use a sponge to rub the solution into the carpet. Let it sit for a few minutes before you blot it dry with a clean paper towel.
  3. If all the stain doesn’t come off the first time, continue to blot until there is no more stain.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda, like vinegar is a cheap household item that is readily available in our homes. Apart from its use in cooking baking soda also work great to remove rust stain from carpet.

What you are going to need are:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water, and
  • A sponge
  1. To clean the rust stain. You have to first of all pour a generous amount of water on the stain, just enough to get the spot saturated.
  2. Next, sprinkle some baking soda over the wet spot. The baking soda should stick over the surface.
  3. After that is done, put a sponge in water and gently scrub the stained spot and work your way into the carpet fibers.
  4. When you’re done with that, the last step is to blot the affected spot to remove the rust stain. Continue with the blotting until all the stain is gone.

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