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How to Remove Soot from Carpet & Clothes

There’s nothing more festive than a bonfire or a roaring open fire in the living room when it’s cold outside, but the powdery black mess they cause can be a nuisance, especially if it’s trodden into the carpet! There’s no need to go without your fix of a cosy fire if you know how to remove soot stains quickly and effectively. Read on for our fail-safe soot removal steps.


How to get soot out of clothes  

Big sooty marks can look intimidating, but don’t panic! They are easier to remove than they look with these steps on how to remove soot from clothes. 

  1. Remove as much soot as possible by beating or shaking the item of clothing, preferably outside or over a sink to avoid spreading the mess. Do not rub the stain, especially not with water, as this is likely to spread it further.
  2. Soak the item in a solution of cool water and a tablespoon of washing-up liquid for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Dab a laundry detergent that is tough on stains, like Persil Liquid, directly onto the soot stain and carefully work it in using the Stain Eraser Ball.
  4. Soak the item in a laundry detergent solution for one hour.
  5. Rinse the item in clean water, before machine washing in the hottest water temperature permitted on the garment care tag.
  6. If the soot stain persists, do not tumble dry or iron the garment, as this will set the stain further. Instead try dabbing the stain with blotting alcohol and machine wash again.

If you have been out and about in the garden or garage, and your clothes have suffered a grease stain as well as sooty marks, then you need to know more than just how to get soot out of clothes. Read this article for fail-safe advice on how to remove greasy marks and browse our stain removal tips to tackle any other troublesome stains.


How to remove soot from carpet

Sometimes we wish we could machine wash our carpet, but unfortunately that’s not an option! There’s no need to worry though – your carpet will be clean and fresh in no time with these soot removal steps.

Pour an absorbent powder like baking soda or corn starch onto the soot stain, and leave it for one hour, before vacuuming.

  1. Blot the soot stain with a solution of one tablespoon of washing-up liquid and two cups of cold water with a clean white cloth.
  2. Repeat this blotting process until the stain disappears.
  3. Sponge the area with cold water and dry with a clean, colourfast towel.

Your clothes and carpet should now be soot free! See our Solve Your Stain guide for more stain removal tips.

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