Remove Ash Stains from Carpet

Sometimes, things happen and we make a mess on the carpet with ashes. Whether you’re taking the excess soot and ashes from your fireplace, you track some in from the fire outside, or you have to clean up from a small house fire, it’s not very difficult to remove ash stains from carpet. Here are two tried and true methods that can help to get rid of soot and ash stains.

Remove Ash Stains from Carpet

Remove Ash Stains from Carpet – Method 1

This ash stain removal method will use some items that you likely have at your home already, except possibly the dry cleaning solvent. This solvent can be found at pretty much any mass merchandiser, and it’s relatively inexpensive too.

What you will need:

  • Baking soda or other absorbing powder (corn starch works as well)
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Clean, white cloths
  • Vacuum with attachments
  1. Take the baking soda (or whatever absorbent powder you have on hand) and sprinkle it over and around the affected area. Allow it to sit on the area for about an hour or more. During this time, the baking soda will start to lift the stain off of the area and it will help to get rid of any odd scents out of the carpet as well.
  2. Take your vacuum and clean up the powder. You may have to use an attachment, depending on where the stain is. Make sure that all of the powder is cleaned up before moving on to the next step.
  3. Take the dry cleaning solvent and moisten the cloth with it. Then, gently blot the area that is stained. Don’t soak the area; just make sure that it’s well moistened. If it gets too wet, the stain may spread and look even worse.
  4. Allow the dry cleaning solvent to sit for a few minutes, and then blot the area to remove the stain and the fluid. Repeat this step until the stain appears to be removed from the area.
  5. Allow the affected area to dry completely; if any stain remains, repeat the entire process again until the stain is completely removed. 

How to Remove Ash Stains from Carpet – Method 2

This ash stain removal method involves using products that will be found around your home. This may take a little more elbow grease than the previous method, but if you already have the ingredients necessary, it may be worth the extra effort if you don’t want to spend the extra money.

What you will need:

  • Dish washing or fine fabric detergent
  • White terry towels
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  1. Before you start to clean, make sure to sweep, vacuum, and dry up everything. If you don’t do this, it could make the stain worse and you don’t need that.
  2. Take the dishwashing soap or fabric detergent and mix it into a cup of warm water.
  3. Take this solution and pour it over the area. Be careful not to soak the area, as that could make the stain worse by spreading it or making it set deeper into the carpet. Allow this to sit for three to five minutes.
  4. Take one of the towels and start to dab at the liquid, tamping it (don’t scrub, because that will make it worse as well) until all of the liquid and stain has been lifted up. You may have to repeat this step several times.
  5. Rinse the area with cool water, dabbing at it with a clean cloth so you can get rid of all of the cleaning solution. Cleaning solution can make that area of your carpet hardened. Allow it to sit overnight.
  6. Check the area in the morning. If the stain is still there, take a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water and apply it to the area until the discoloration is gone.