Easy Ways To Remove Rust Stains From Your Carpet

Published on Aug 27, 2020
A living room with a grey interior design theme and clean carpet.
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Most of us don’t have access to a personal cleaner or have the money to hire cleaning experts. Rust is a stain that can be difficult to remove from surfaces, such as carpets, especially if you don’t know-how. Luckily we have a few easy methods to follow, that uses products you might find in your home. Here are some inexpensive ways you can remove rust stains from your carpet.

Scrape away

Before you move onto any combinations below to remove the rust from your carpet, attempt to remove any loose rust first with a dull kitchen knife. Once you have loosened the rust, you should use a vacuum cleaner on the stained area to collect any loose bits of rust. 

Salt and lemon

The majority of people will already have salt hidden in their cupboard somewhere, and a quick trip to the store for a cheap lemon is easy. Combine salt and fresh lemon juice and place it on the rust stain. Leave this combination overnight to settle. Once the concoction of lemon and salt has had a chance to soak in, use warm water as well as washing detergent on the stained area. You should then begin blotting your carpet with a cloth and gradually rinse with water until the stain has vanished.

Once the stain has disappeared, you will need to vacuum the area to clear up any bits of rust and salt.

Dishwasher soap

An alternative method to remove stains from your carpet is by combining one tablespoon of household ammonia, with two tablespoons of dishwasher soap and two cups of warm water. Mix these items together in a bowl before applying it to the area with a clean cloth. Make sure the stained area is covered before leaving it for at least five minutes so that the carpet can soak it up. Once the concoction has settled, blot the area with a clean cloth and rinse with water to leave the carpet clean.

Find the cause

Rust will continue to form on your carpet if you do not find the cause. Once you find the cause of the rust, you can either remove the piece of furniture or attempt to get rid of the rust. Many items in your home can be the cause of rust, for example, legs on your couch, lamps or even metal pots containing a plant.

To remove rust from certain types of furniture, you can use a combination of baking soda and water, which is applied to the rusty surface. After 20 minutes, you can scrub off the rust easily with a cloth.


When you notice rust on your carpet, your instant reaction might be to grab a bottle of bleach and scrub, but bleach and rust do NOT mix. Avoid using bleach as this will cause discolouration in your carpet and could lead to a permanent stain forming.

Remove rust

If you have a rust stain on your carpet, you now know how to remove it, without having to replace your entire carpet or choosing to cover it up with a rug.

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