The moment that the painters left our house, the carpet cleaners showed up. I figured that I should go ahead and have the dirty carpet in the living room cleaned while all of the furniture was out of the room. Smart, right?
Well, the carpet guy pointed out a few rust spots on our carpet, and he said, “I can’t remove rust.” I have an iron table and a sofa with a metal base – both of which had gotten one of the kids’ drinks spilled on it and it rusted. No big deal, I thought.
But then, I started seeing on the internet where people were able to get rust stains out of their carpet with DIY methods. Why could regular people do it and the carpet cleaner wouldn’t attempt it? Hmmmm….
So, I set out to test the internet advice to see what would work. I started with this rust stain that was made from the iron table.
The first thing I read said to use lemon juice. So, I squeezed a puddle of bottled lemon juice onto the stain and let it sit for about 5 minutes per the instructions.
Then, I blotted up the lemon juice with a white towel. The lemon juice didn’t make much of a difference in my rust stain. It looks different in the below image, because the fibers were moved around from my blotting.
Then, I moved onto white vinegar. As per the internet instructions, I poured a puddle of white vinegar onto the stain and let it sit for 45 minutes.
After I blotted away the vinegar, I saw that it was a tiny bit lighter in color, but the stain was still there.
Then, I decided that maybe I knew more than the internet. I grabbed my go-to stain fighting friend, Krud Kutter (Amazon affiliate link). I’ve actually yet to find anything that it doesn’t work on – including dried paint.
I sprayed it on the stain and worked it into the carpet with my fingers.
Then, I wiped up the cleaner with a wet cloth. It looked like this.
Now we were getting somewhere! Krud Kutter wins again. After the carpet was dry, you could barely tell where the rust stain had been at all.
I’m thinking I might need to give the carpet cleaner a bottle of Krud Kutter the next time I see him. 😉
Do you have any rust stains on your carpet? Have you ever tried to remove them? What worked for you?