Rust stains on upholstery can leave it blemished and ugly. As you cannot wash upholstery, similar to a majority of carpets and clothes, it becomes difficult to remove rust stains from upholstery. But, we have some DIY hacks that can help you remove rust stains effectively from any upholstered furniture.
Rust Remover Hack 1:
- Dust salt openhandedly directly on the rust stain. Cover the stain with salt.
- Take a fresh lemon and squeeze it on a spoon and slowly pour this fresh lemon juice on salt to make it wet. You must make a thick paste-like combination of salt and lemon juice to effectively remove rust stains from upholstery. Be careful while applying lemon juice as it must not be applied anywhere else other than the stain. Lemon has bleaching agents and can lighten the colour of the fabric if used directly on it.
- If possible, put your upholstery under direct sunlight. If it is not possible, you can create heat using a steam iron, a tea kettle, or an upholstery steamer, whichever is available at home.
- Keep moistening the stained area with fresh lemon juice when you see salt is dried out. Repeat this process 2-3 times to effectively remove rust stains.
- Once salt dries out, brush it off gently.
- Sponge cleaning the area with clean water is the final step here.
- If rust stains are not yet removed, repeat steps 1 to 3. But, in the second round of upholstery cleaning, you must ensure that lemon juice doesn’t dry out completely. Brush off the salt when it is somewhat moistened.
- In the last step, sponge the affected area for final cleaning.
- Let it air dry completely before using it.
Rust Remover Hack 2:
Even after using the first rust remover hack, if you still see the stains on your upholstered furniture, use the below-mentioned steps:
- Mix half a cup of ammonia in a half cup of hot water. Mix it well to create an upholstery cleaning solution. Let this solution cool down before using it.
- Use the cleaning solution to sponge clean the rust stain from upholstery. This will effectively remove rust stains from upholstery.
- Take a clean cloth and damp it into clean water. Use this cloth to clean the affected area to remove the cleaning solution from the upholstery.
- Let your upholstery air dry completely.
Tips To Keep in Mind:
- Always test the cleaning solution in the conspicuous area before using it to remove rust stains from upholstery.
- If you use a commercial cleaning solution, you must use it as per the given direction of use.
- You can also use readymade, commercial upholstery stain removal solutions. However, make sure it doesn’t contain chlorine bleach as one of the ingredients.
- Never rub the stain rigorously to remove rust stains. It may damage the fabric and can even fade the upholstery.
- Whenever using any cleaning solution on upholstery, remove it with clean water and let the upholstery dry out completely before using it. Don’t use a blow-dryer or an air-dryer to reduce drying time.