How to Remove Soot from Carpets

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16-11-2020, 07:40
Soot stains can be tricky to remove, because you'll need more than just soap and water to get them out of the carpet fibers. Fortunately, the other items needed to get rid of soot, like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, are already in your house or easy to pick up at a supermarket or convenience store. With a careful hand and a bit of patience, you can remove soot stains from your carpet in one afternoon!

Absorbing Soot from Your Carpet

  1. Get rid of large soot chunks with a spoon. You can discard any visible lumps of soot with a spoon before attacking the stains. Be gentle when you pick up the lumps; if you smash the soot deeper into the carpet, you'll have to do even more cleaning later on.
    • You can use a normal-sized spoon you'd find in your kitchen. Just make sure to wash it thoroughly once the job is done!
    • A paper towel works for scooping soot if you do not feel comfortable using a spoon.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda, corn starch, or another absorbent on the stains. Use enough absorbent to cover the stains entirely. You don't need to mix the absorbent with anything, as it is powerful enough to pull in the stains by itself.
    • Other absorbents include cornmeal and white talcum powder.
    • If you don't already have one of these absorbents, you can purchase them at your local grocery store.
    • Baking soda may also help eliminate any odor that's deep in your carpet.
  3. Let the absorbent sit for at least 1 hour. Absorbents gently soak up stains without damaging carpet. They then form a cake-like substance with the soot stain that is easy to vacuum.
    • Some absorbents are powerful enough to completely erase light stains if they sit on them for 8 hours. However, 1 hour is enough time to absorb the soot.
  4. Vacuum the absorbent and soot up after waiting at least 1 hour. Set your vacuum cleaner to its highest power and suck up the cake-like powder. Go over the stained areas multiple times to ensure you are removing as much of the stain as possible.
    • If the stained areas are along your baseboards or in other hard-to-reach places, attach a hose to your vacuum cleaner and use that to get the soot stains out.

Cleaning the Soot-Stained Part of Your Carpet

  1. Soak a clean, white cloth in hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. These dry-cleaning solutions should go on a white cloth, because the chemicals in the absorbent could bleach the cloth. You can use 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of rubbing alcohol by itself, or you can mix 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons (44 mL) of warm water and apply that to the cloth.
    • Mixing hydrogen peroxide with warm water dilutes the chemical and prevents further damage to your carpet.
    • Hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect, so only use this solution on light-colored carpeting. Test an inconspicuous area of your carpet, like a part of it that is underneath furniture, to determine if it's safe to use on the rest of your carpet.
    • If you have darker-colored carpeting, use rubbing alcohol instead of hydrogen peroxide because it does not have the same bleaching effect.
    • Both hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are available at supermarkets and most convenience stores.
  2. Blot the solution onto the stained parts of the carpet. Gently blotting the chemical into the carpet lets you avoid spreading soot everywhere. You'll start to notice the cloth lifting the soot stains from the carpet fibers and onto its surface.
    • Don't push the solution deep into the carpet fibers, as this can damage the carpet.
  3. Use a separate damp, clean cloth to remove the solvent. Put warm water on your new cloth and blot the stained area. Too much moisture in the carpet cause lead to mold growth, so make sure to thoroughly dry the stained area.
    • Besides continually blotting the soot-stained areas to dry them, you can put a fan right next to the afflicted spot.
  4. Repeat the process to erase all traces of soot stains. Usually, the soot stain lessens in severity after the first clean but doesn't completely go away. Apply the absorbent, vacuum it, and blot a dry-cleaning solution onto the stained areas once again to eliminate the soot stain entirely.
    • Let the absorbent sit for 1 hour like you did the first time around.
  5. Contact a professional if the soot stains don't come out. When soot really digs into your carpet, it can be difficult to remove it entirely, especially if it's covering a large area. Instead of risking further damage to your carpet, call a professional service and have them come take a look.
    • If you are not comfortable removing soot by yourself, contact a professional as soon as you can. The earlier someone can come see the stained area, the easier it will be for them to clean it.
    • Soot removal can cost a few hundred dollars, so get quotes from multiple companies before making your decision.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda, cornstarch, or another absorbent
  • Dry cleaning solution, like hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
  • Clean white towels
  • Spoon
  • Vacuum
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