- Step 1: Scrape residue off Scrape rust particles off the surface of the carpet or clothing with a plastic spatula or scraper.
- Step 2: Vacuum or shake out Vacuum your carpet or shake out the garment to remove any debris, dust, or hair.
- 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.
- TIP: 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.
- Step 4: Pat dry and air out Pat the spot dry with clean rags and allow to dry thoroughly.
- Step 5: Rinse with water Rinse the spot with warm water and pat dry with clean rags. Allow to dry completely.
- TIP: Assess the results and repeat the process if necessary after the cloth or carpet is dry.
- Step 6: Vacuum or wash Vacuum the carpet or wash your clothing as usual and keep clear of that devilish rust in the future.
- FACT: Traditionally made balsamic vinegars can cost up to $200 per bottle and take 12 years to make, while modern-made vinegars can cost as little as $2 and are made in a few hours.
You Will Need
- Plastic spatula or scraper
- Warm white vinegar or lemon juice
- Old toothbrush
- Clean rags
- Warm water