How to Remove Soot From Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Soot from a fireplace leaves black stains on carpeting as it scatters onto flooring. If not cleaned regularly, the soot becomes embedded in carpet fibres, proving difficult to remove. Walking or standing on the soot drives the stains further into the carpet. With the proper tools and products, you can remove the black soot stains from carpeting.

Sprinkle baking soda over the soot, completely covering the stain. Allow the baking soda to absorb the soot for one hour.

Vacuum the soot and baking soda from the carpet with a sweeper or hand vacuum.

Pour 1 tsp of dry-cleaning solvent onto a white cloth. Dab at the remaining soot stain on the carpet, starting from outside the stain and working toward the centre.

Fold the cloth and reapply the solvent to a clean area of the cloth. Continue applying the solvent to the soot stain until completely removed from the carpet.


Remove soot as soon as possible to prevent permanent staining of the carpet. Purchase dry-cleaning solvent in the cleaning aisles of supermarkets or home improvement stores. Your local dry cleaner may also sell the solvent.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Sweeper or hand vacuum
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Cloth
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.