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How to Get Charcoal Out of Carpet

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📅 March 30, 2022

⏱️2 min read

We all love barbecues prepared with charcoal banners. Especially with family and friends.

However, you can accidentally spill charcoal chunks on the carpet. Also, you can, unknowingly, carry charcoal stains with your shoes to the carpet.

Usually, removing charcoal stains from the carpet is often challenging. The stain can spread to other cleaner areas (if you are not careful). Hence, you need to follow the step-by-step processes below.

These techniques help to efficiently clean the affected area without spreading the charcoal.

Dishwashing Solution

  1. The first step is to remove the charcoal stains from your carpet by vacuuming it. Vacuum the large chunks of charcoal and charcoal dust from the carpet. But, thoroughly vacuum the stained area only to avoid spreading.
  2. Mix ¼ cup of dish soap to 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  3. Give it a good stir but avoid it being too bubbly.
  4. Dip a towel in the solution and wring it
  5. Gently dab the area to eliminate the stain. Continue dipping the towel in the solution as you blot the area
  6. Repeat this process until all the stains disappear
  7. Dab a dry towel to remove the excess water
  8. Let the area air dry, vacuum, or use a fan or dehumidifier to dry the carpet

Absorbent Powder

  1. Sweep large chunks of charcoal from your carpet and sprinkle any absorbent on the stain. You can use baking soda or cornstarch.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of the absorbent on the carpet. But make sure to cover the entire stained area.
  3. Allow it to sit for an hour, then vacuum to remove the soot from the carpet.
  4. Use a cleaning solution to remove traces of charcoal on the carpet. Use mild detergent. Use the blotting method and be gentle. It is advisable to use warm water.
  5. Rinse the area with adequate cold water and a rug, then dab a dry towel to soak the excess water.
  6. Lastly, allow your rug to air dry naturally.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. Vacuum the excess charcoal stain from your carpet.
  2. Put 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and dip a towel to soak the peroxide. Again, do not oversaturate the towel.
  3. Gently dab the area with a towel. Continue dipping the towel in the peroxide as you dab the area to remove the charcoal stain. Swap to a cleaner towel if it gets dirty.
  4. Repeat the process until all the stains disappear. Blot the area with a dry towel after the stain disappears.
  5. Allow the rug to air dry.

Note: You can use rubbing alcohol instead of hydrogen peroxide.


Charcoal stains on the carpet are unattractive. Luckily everybody can remove the stains efficiently with the above discussed techniques.

Make sure to follow every step to avoid spreading the charcoal to other spots.

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