I have cream colored Berber carpet upstairs. There are a few areas that are
discolored, kind of rusty. I know you are not supposed to use soap on Berber
and so always clean with merely hot water in my Bissell carpet cleaner. Can
anyone suggest how to deal with the stained part?
If it is rust, try a rust remover like "must for rust" at home depot or the
one that Wink makes for laundry. I may be wrong, but I thought the whole
deal of not using soap on any carpet was that it would remove the stain
repellent properties. I had builders grade white berber throughout my whole
house when I bought it...not good with a home business, dogs and kids. 4
years later, I just ripped the last of it out, but I got to the point that I
would use 409 with bleach to get up stains and it worked very well.
Depends if the _stain_ is an actual stain or just discoloring from steam
cleaning. If from steam cleaning, try a janitorial supply company. You
will be looking for _no brown_ solution. You mix in a spray bottle
according to directions, and mist over area. Stains disappear before your
While "Berber" originally referred to a style of wool carpeting that was
hand woven in Northern Africa, it now is most often just an adjective that
refers to the style without regard to the fiber content. Your carpeting is
most likely olefin or some other synthetic material that can be cleaned with
normal detergents and equipment. I would call a reputable carpet cleaning
firm and have them clean it. If it is wool, then the cost would be well
justified. If not, then they should get it clean and then you can maintain
it as you wish without worrying about using cleaners. If you don't want to
call a professional, then try cleaning an inconspicuous area (like in a
closet) with some carpet cleaning detergent. If it doesn't discolor, rent a
machine like the Rug Doctor and clean the entire area, pre-treating any
spots or heavily soiled areas with a heavy duty pre-treatment cleaner.
If it is actually deposits of rust I have to ask where the rust came from?
Treating the effect without the cause is unlikely to cure the problem.
However, if it is rust then acetic acid (pickling vinegar) or a hydrofuoric
acid solution will have almost immediate results. Simply put a drop or two
in the centre of a stained area and you should see a reaction. Wool likes
acid conditions so if it's a wool berber you should have no problems but
flush with water and dry with a wet and dry vacuum as much as possible.
If this doesn't work then it's likely to be discoloured for another reason.
Take a look on www.DrClean.co.uk/Retail_DrClean/SpotTreatments.asp and look
at RedRX from Prochem. This is the type of solution that might work - and
you may be able to get it in the states (if that's where you are) without
the excessive postage costs.
Hope this helps
The Best Fabric Cleaning Resource on the Web
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.