Removing Soot Stains from Carpet

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 1, 2014)

Soot can leave all kinds of nasty dark stains on your carpet. The fireplace is one big source of potential soot stains, but even candles or something small can create soot that can get into your carpet or other surfaces around the house. It often seems that the more you try to scrub and wipe the spots soot leaves behind, the more the stain spreads. Soot stains are especially a problem if it gets into light or white-colored carpet. You may be afraid that your carpet is ruined once soot gets into it, but there is hope that you can get it back to normal again. There are various ways that you use when removing soot stains from carpet. Most of them you can even use yourself.

To get a soot spot out of your carpet, here are some ideas you can use:

  • Remove chunks. Before doing anything else, it is a good idea to clear away any chunks or pieces of soot that you can. Carefully use a paper towel to pick up bits that may still be around the stain.
  • Vacuum. Try to absorb the soot and vacuum it away. Sprinkle some cornstarch or baking soda over the stain to help absorb it. After letting it sit for a while, vacuum the area. Use another method to clean up any remaining soot.
  • Dry clean. Using a dry cleaning solvent, attempt to clean the stain with a cloth. Take care not to spread the soot around or make the stain worse. Gently wipe up the solvent.
  • Rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is another option for cleaning. Blot a little onto the stain with a cloth, but be careful not to spread the spot. Don't let the alcohol get too deep into the carpet, either, as this may damage it. Next, clean the spot with some soap. Dish soap or detergent should work fine. Blot the area with the diluted soap and a cloth. Leave a paper towel against the spot as it dries.
  • Hydrogen peroxide. Use a little hydrogen peroxide (3%). Get the area wet and leave it for about an hour, repeating until the spot is gone.
  • Trust the professionals. If the soot spot remains after your efforts to clean it, it's time to call a professional cleaner. A professional should be able to save your carpet without any further damage or spreading of the stain.

Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To help prevent soot from finding its way to your precious carpet, don't burn candles near carpeted areas and protect the carpet near your fireplace.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Gardening Accessories

Gardening accessories can help you add to your garden's appeal. There are many different accessories with various looks that ...

Discover More

Fireplace Cleaner

Having a fireplace is great, but don't forget to keep it clean. Cleaning your fireplace will help it work efficiently and can ...

Discover More

How to Remove Ink Stains From Silk

Finding an ink stain on your silk fabric might seem scary. You may, however, be able to remove the stain with careful ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

MORE CLEANING TIPS

Vomit Stains

Vomit stains can be particularly difficult to remove from your home. It seems like these types of stains are particularly ...

Discover More

Steam Cleaning Your Carpets

The process of cleaning your carpets is quite simple and works best when you remember to vacuum to remove dirt and other ...

Discover More

Area Rug Cleaning

Area rugs can get stained and dirty over time. Make sure you are careful when cleaning them and leave the big jobs to a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing
Share