Ashes from cigarettes, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves often grind into the carpet fibres, leaving stains. Cleaning ashes out of carpet is necessary for carpet maintenance, as well as for health reasons. Cigarette ashes can bond with the adhesives in carpet padding, emitting volatile organic compounds. Once cigarette ashes are ground into carpet, the room is contaminated with a constant smoke smell. Consistently inhaling the smoke smell can lead to upper respiratory irritations, skin rashes, headaches and other health problems. Fortunately, you can remove ashes from carpet with certain cleaning solutions.
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
- Dry-cleaning solvent
- Clean, white cloth
Sprinkle baking soda onto the areas of the carpet stained with ashes. Baking soda will absorb into the stains, removing the ashes from the carpet fibres.
Allow the baking soda to set on the carpet for an hour. Use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda from the carpet.
Apply dry-cleaning solvent to a clean, white cloth. Sponge the stained carpet with the cloth until the solvent is absorbed.
Inspect the carpet for remaining ashes or stains. Repeat the entire process if needed.
Tips and warnings
- You can sprinkle cornstarch onto the stain instead of baking soda.
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