How to Get Rust Out of Carpet & Clothing

Those brown and orange spots don't have to send you running to the flooring or department store anymore. Remove that iron oxide at home with these steps.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • Plastic spatula or scraper
  • Vacuum
  • Warm white vinegar or lemon juice
  • Old toothbrush
  • Clean rags
  • Warm water


  1. Step 1

    Scrape residue off

    Scrape rust particles off the surface of the carpet or clothing with a plastic spatula or scraper.

  2. Step 2

    Vacuum or shake out

    Vacuum your carpet or shake out the garment to remove any debris, dust, or hair.

  3. Step 3

    Saturate rust spot with vinegar or lemon

    Saturate the rust spot with warm vinegar or lemon juice. Scrub the vinegar into the stain with a toothbrush and let sit five minutes for carpet or one hour for clothing.

  4. Before soaking your carpet or best shirt, do a quick test spot to check for color fastness. You may need to try commercial cleaning companies if the color bleeds.

  5. Step 4

    Pat dry and air out

    Pat the spot dry with clean rags and allow to dry thoroughly.

  6. Step 5

    Rinse with water

    Rinse the spot with warm water and pat dry with clean rags. Allow to dry completely.

  7. Assess the results and repeat the process if necessary after the cloth or carpet is dry.

  8. Step 6

    Vacuum or wash

    Vacuum the carpet or wash your clothing as usual and keep clear of that devilish rust in the future.

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