Fireplaces and wood burning stoves create cosiness to homes, but also potential ash problems to nearby carpets. Cigarette smoking is also a common source of ash contamination. The ash embeds deeply into the carpet fibers over time, and a prompt intervention is required to prevent the carpet from being permanently damaged.
Here are some useful steps, suggested by carpet cleaning Clapham, how to remove ash from a carpets:
- Because the hot ash can burn you, let it thoroughly cool first.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto any moist ashes, and let it sit for one hour to absorb moisture. You can use cornstarch as an alternative to baking soda when cleaning ash stains.
- Vacuum the carpet thoroughly to remove the baking soda and ash residue.
- Dampen a white cloth with dry cleaning solvent, and blot the remaining stain with the cloth until the solvent soak into the carpet fibers.
- Blot up as much of the solvent as possible using a dry, white rag, and inspect the carpet for remaining ash.
- If the ash stain remains, reapply the dry cleaning solvent and blot again until the stain vanishes.
- Rinse the treated area with clean water, and blot dry using a white cloth.
Carpet cleaning Clapham team recommends testing the dry cleaning solvent on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it. You can buy a dry cleaning solvent from most retailers and home improvement centers.