Almost every household has to deal with carpet cleaning. It’s a tedious job that can be long and not fun. Since you can’t really machine wash your carpet, you’re going to have to do some old fashion hard work. Don’t worry; it’s not that bad. With a few basic things and some dos and don’ts, you should be able to get the soot out of your carpet like a pro.
-Some isopropyl alcohol
-Non-bleach laundry detergent
-Clean White cloth
Steps to get the soot out of your carpet:
Step 1: The first step would be to vacuum the entire carpet. Now, some people might use a broom to clean the carpet which is an utter mistake over here. Soot spread around almost magically. So, if one makes use of a broom, one might end up spreading the soot to a larger portion of the carpet. So, it’s a must only to vacuum clean the entire area as the first step towards soot removal.
Step 2: Once you have taken care of the soot particles, you may fix your attention on the dark stains residing on the carpet, if any. Dark strains can be removed by blotting them with cotton balls dipped in some isopropyl alcohol. This alcoholic solution can break down the dark stains, thereby making it easier to remove. Continue this process until there is nothing left to be transferred to the cotton ball.
Now, you will prepare a cleaning solution to deep clean the carpet. For the same, you can take any non-bleach laundry detergent and mix it with a cup of warm water. Once done, simply apply the prepared solution on the affected carpet area several times. If you have a spray bottle, it will make this job easier. You can place the resulting solution in the spray bottle, and then sprinkle it on the strained areas of the carpet.
Now, take a piece of clean white towel and start blotting the soot stains on the carpet. The soot will keep transferring from the carpet to the towel. Keep doing this until the stains are completely eradicated. It might take a while before the carpet appears completely clean and spotless. So, be patient, it will pay off.
You are almost done! The last thing on the task list would be to rinse the carpet with some water to remove any leftovers. You can dry the carpet with some clean rags to finish the job. Let the carpet dry completely before it’s ready for use again.
For the sake of cleaning, always use a clean white towel. In this manner, you can ensure that the color is not accidently transferred from the towel to the carpet.
When it comes to treating your carpet, the sooner you act, the better will be the results. If the soot happens to reside on your carpet for a long time, it can cause permanent damage by getting deep rooted within the carpet fibers.
- Do not scrub the carpet hard because it will only push the stain further into the carpet.
- Do not wet the carpet until you have eradicated maximum possible soot. Otherwise, it will become harder to remove.
- Do not use a new liquid or chemical product directly on the entire carpet. Your best bet would be to test the new product on a small, unnoticeable area of the carpet to ensure that you do not damage the whole carpet.