If you or anyone in your household tend to smoke inside the house, then you must be concerned with ash particles getting into the carpet. Even if you’re using an ashtray, ash particles may still end up on the floor, with your carpet catching all or some of it. But what’s worse is if the ashtray falls accidentally on your carpet fall.
It is always a good practice to smoke outside the house. That way, you don’t need to worry about this issue. But more importantly, you wouldn’t have to fear cigarette butts starting a fire in your home. Safety aside, there will be times that you or a visitor can’t help but some inside the house. That’s why you still must know how to deal with carpet ash stains.
Steps on How to Get Ash Out of Carpet the Easy Way
So, are you interested in knowing how to get ash out of carpet easily? Well, you’re in the right place. We’re here to show you exactly what you must do to get the ash out of your carpet using different methods and tricks. Don’t worry. The steps outlined below are very easy to follow. If you’re, ready then let’s start.
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baking soda
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Dishwashing soap
- White vinegar
- White cloth
- Paper towel
- Small brush or old toothbrush
1. Use the good old vacuum cleaner
Do you believe that nothing escapes the good old vacuum cleaner?
- Well, you’re about to find out after doing this method. The first line of action when cleaning ash from carpet is to use a vacuum cleaner. So, take it out of the laundry room and into the living area. However, you might need to follow the other methods below if you’re dealing with the notorious blue ash stain and cigarette burn mark.
Try to scoop out as many ashes as you can with the vacuum cleaner. If you’ve gone through the entire length of the stained area but there are some ash stains that remain, then you’ve got to do the other steps below. For now, just use the vacuum cleaner to remove all ash residue. If you do this, it will be much easier to deal with the ash stain later.
2. Use baking soda
By now, after reading all other related articles on this topic, you would have realized that baking soda is your carpet’s best friend. Aside from helping take out almost all kinds of carpet stains, it can address any foul odor as well. For this method though, we’ll combine baking soda with the potency of a dry cleaning solvent. You can easily get this solvent from a hardware store near you. Dry cleaning agents are effective against soot stain as well.
To start with, sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the stained area. Leave it there for some time, maybe an hour or so, to allow it to penetrate the carpets fibers. After an hour, run your vacuum cleaner again over the stained area. After using this very reliable stain remover, the ash marks should be a lot less noticeable.
The next step is to pour the dry cleaning agent onto a clean cloth. Dab it on the stained area to remove loose ash residue and any debris that could have gotten deeper into the carpet fiber. Now do the rest of the steps listed above again. If there is some stubborn stain that remains, add more baking soda and solvent in that order. Then run the vacuum. You may have to do the dish washing soda sequence several times until no more ash stain is visible.
2. Use cornstarch
This method is recommended if the ash stain seems to have dried out on the carpet. The ash might have gotten there several days ago, and you only noticed it now. But don’t worry. You can still do something about it, and this method is exactly what you should follow. In fact, this trick may even help clear those cigarette burns on your carpet as well.
The first step is vacuuming. Run the vacuum cleaner over the area. This will help remove all ash residue. Next, dab the area with a damp cloth or paper towel. Use warm water, not hot water, and a couple of drops of dish soap. Work the two ingredients into a lather before dabbing it on the carpet using a wet cloth. Try to remove the stain with that solution and then rinse with water. For rinsing, warm water is preferable to cold water. Then use a sponge to absorb any excess water.
After doing all the steps above, sprinkle lots of cornstarch over the stained area and leave it there overnight. If you have pets inside the house, be sure to protect this part of the carpet so it won’t be accidentally stepped upon. The cornstarch will absorb any excess water from the carpet, along with the remaining ash particles. Don’t forget to vacuum the area in the morning.
3. Use vinegar
Vinegar is yet another staple in carpet stain removal. As you can see, this cleaning solution is highly effective for stubborn ash stains as well. The steps involved in this method are almost the same as those listed above. First, use the vacuum cleaner to clear up any excess ash debris. Then sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the stain. Leave it there for an hour.
While waiting, mix several drops of mild dishwashing soap and a couple of tablespoons of vinegar with two cups of water. Stir until foamy. Now pour this solution on the carpet with baking soda. You may see some bubbling reaction, and that’s good.
Using an old toothbrush or any small brush, scrub the stained carpet fibers. Dab the area with a soft cloth when done. Let it dry completely before using the vacuum to draw up any debris from the baking soda and vinegar solution.
4. Use soap and water
If you happen not to have any of the materials listed above, then use any dishwashing liquid or mild laundry detergent to remove the ash stain. Just place the liquid detergent or dishwashing soap in any spray bottle. Blot the stain out using a clean towel or cloth.
You may have to blot repeatedly until no more stain is visible. If there are no more stains, leave the carpet out to air dry. But ensure that the stained area is protected because it’s still damp. Any dirt getting to it at this point will turn into stubborn stains and will be just as difficult to remove.
When to Get Professional Carpet Cleaning
These are just some of the most effective ways to remove ash from your carpet. If you need more help, you can book carpet cleaning services from professionals near you. They would gladly help you in removing any type of tough stains with their carpet and upholstery cleaning prowess.
These professionals will bring all the tools on site needed to get the job done right. You can trust them with your carpet cleaning needs, whether it’s for spot cleaning or deep cleaning. However, you only need to call a carpet cleaner if nothing on this list works. Otherwise, you’re all good at doing carpet care on your own!
Laura joined IEI 10 years ago as a Marketing Assistant. After a few years with the team she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator and then again to Marketing Manager. She is no stranger to the show business. Last time she counted, she had worked well over 100 Home & Garden shows. Laura has over 15 years experience in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. In 2009, she had her first baby and decided to take a step back from working full time. She currently works from home as a Marketing Consultant and resides in Friendswood with her husband, Craig, daughter McKenzie and their dog, George R.