Cleaning Rust Stained Carpet

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 15, 2011)

For whatever reason, there are times when rust will show up on your carpet. Often, trying to use "traditional" methods for cleaning rust stained carpeting simply won't work. Instead, when you are faced with a situation such as this it would be better to try and think outside of the box. Here are a few methods (both traditional, and non) that you can begin to use today to remove that nasty rust stain from your carpet, and get it back to what it should look like.

  • Commercial cleaning products. While a bit traditional one method that will often remove most kinds of stains, rust stains included, is the use of commercial cleaning products. In this particular situation this means more than simply using some Oxy-clean, Wink, or Resolve alone, but rather use them in conjunction with a carpet cleaning machine such as Bissell's Rug Doctor. Follow the directions on the bottle of your cleaning product, but after applying the product use the cleaning machine to finish cleaning the carpeting. Between the combination of the two, there should be no problem in removing the rust stain out of the carpeting.
  • Distilled vinegar. Often times some distilled vinegar will work wonders in cleaning rust stained carpet. Simply create a mixture of fifty percent water and fifty percent distilled vinegar, and place it in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaning mixture directly onto the stain, and then gently rub it into the carpet. Allow everything to dry completely, and then vacuum the stained area. This should remove all of the stain.
  • Dye it. Another method that you can use to "clean" rust stained carpet is to dye it. Often this will mean that you have a brown or "rust" colored carpet, but it is effective at "getting rid" of the stain. Only use this method if you are willing to live with carpet that is a brown or rust color though, since you will be unable to change it back when you are done.
  • Be prepared for the worst. No matter how much people would like to think otherwise, there are some stains that simply will not come out regardless of what you try. In such a situation you have three choices. The first is to simply live with the stain, perhaps hiding it from view with a couch or some other piece of furniture. The second option is to contact a professional cleaner, and discuss with them what you have attempted. They will be able to tell you if there are any other cleaning options still available to you. The third, and final, option is to simply replace the carpeting. However, this method should be held in reserve as your last choice. The reason for this is simple, replacing carpeting is fairly expensive.

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