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    Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Hi Guys,

    I just purchased a 2002 Camry with a neglected interior. I am trying to remove some rock hard salt and rust stains from a grey carpet under the driver side floor mat. Here is a photo of the mess. The crusted salt is 1/8" thick in some places.


    Here is what I tried so far...

    1) Chiselled the excess salt off of the carpet and vacuumed it up. It was about 1/8" thick in some places.



    2) Spayed an entire can of Salt Eraser on the salt stains and let soak for 20 minutes. Then worked the carpet with a stiff bristle brush.



    3) Next, I wet vacuumed with my Bissel Proheat carpet cleaner. Here is what it looked like.


    4) Next, I spayed the carpet generously with Folex and used a stiff bristle brush to work it in really good.



    5) Finally, I wet vacuumed with my Bissel Proheat carpet cleaner. Here is what it now looks like.


    There carpet looks a little bit better, but it is still rock hard, and I can't get the rust stains out with Folex. Is it a hopeless cause? Anybody know what else I could do to remove the rust stains? I could live with the rock hard carpet, if I could at least get the rust stains out. Hoping someone out there knows how to do this and is willing to share their knowledge. Thanks in advance!

    Don

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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Maybe try steam cleaning
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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    I think you'll need to replace the carpet. Or buy floor mats and try and forget about it.

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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Turtle Wax PowerOUT! Oxi Carpet Cleaner + scrub brush; then steam the rest of it out.

    For any stains that don't come out after that, get some gray fabric/carpet dye paint and blend them in.
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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    How about trying "Rust Away" from pro's choice (Pro's Choice Products. The choice of professionals.) Their technical support hotline # is (800) 368-1247. They have a really great line of carpet products and their catalog is like a "how to" booklet.

    Doug

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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Impressive turn-around. I don't think it's going to get much better than that without a hot water extractor.
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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    i have used clr cleaner on rear carpet in toyota highlander with good results

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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Rather than being worried about the carpet (which can be replaced or hidden fairly easily), I would check under the carpet for rust damage to the floorpan of the car. If it's badly rusted by salt being carried through the carpet the corrosion would be a bigger concern.

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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    Send RaskyR1 a PM and see what he would do. He's dealt with stuff like that before. See these threads:

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    Hope that helps!
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    Re: Salt and Rust Stains on Carpet

    What about something like CLR on a test spot?

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