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How To Remove Soot From Carpet





To clean soot from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1.  Use a dry cleaning solvent such as Carbona or Energine. Dry cleaning solvents should never be used on polyester.

2.  Use a detergent solution by mixing one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water. Make sure the water is not hot.

3. Create an ammonia solution by mixing one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup water. (WARNING: Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as it will create extremely hazardous fumes!)

Soot on carpet during Christmas time is becoming a serious issue. I love Santa as much as the next person, but someone has got to put a stop to his tomfoolery.

It's bright and early Christmas morning. You wake up and head downstairs with the kids only to find black boot marks leading out from the chimney and all over your white plush carpet. You even left a mat in front of the chimney for that very purpose.

But did he clean off his boots? No! He threw down the toys, walked over to the cookies and milk, and trekked back to the chimney leaving black soot marks the entire way. I've really had it with this guy.

To remove soot marks from carpet start out by using a dry cleaning solvent. You can find them at any home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowes. Simply follow the instructions on the back.

Hopefully the solvent took care of the stain. If not, mix together the detergent solution listed in step two. Using a sponge, dab the solution onto the stain. Don't rub at it, just dab it on and dry it off with a paper towel. Repeat until the stain is gone. Rinse area with plain water.

If the stain is stubbornly remaining, then move on to step three. Using the same procedure you applied in step two, dab the ammonia solution onto the stain and dry with paper towels. Continue until the stain has been removed.