How to Remove Suds From a Carpet

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Suds can soak in and damage a carpet.
Suds can soak in and damage a carpet. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

In general, a cleaning task that is going to accomplish any sort of dirt removal is going to involve using some type of soap. The problem is, when cleaning carpets, soap suds soaking into your carpet can cause even more damage than the original stain. Saturated carpets can become a breeding ground for dangerous mold. If you have spilled soap and are unsure how to clean it up without creating more suds, or if your cleaner has created more suds than you can handle, act quickly to remove them.

Things You'll Need

  • Absorbent material
  • Paper towels
  • Wet/dry vacuum

Sprinkle kitty litter or table salt over the entire sudsy area. These absorbent materials can soak up the moisture in the soap, preventing it from settling into the carpet. Allow the absorbent material to work on the surface for five minutes, or until it becomes completely saturated.

Scrape the material off of the carpet with paper towels or rags and dispose of the saturated material in a trash can. You can also vacuum up the material with a wet/dry vacuum.

Add more absorbent material, allow it to work and then scraping it away until the material stops absorbing soap and suds. When you clean up the last batch of material, cover the area with paper towels and apply pressure to blot up any excess moisture.

Sprinkle a little warm water onto the carpet and press down to see if it forms suds. If so, vacuum the carpet with a wet/dry vacuum to remove water and residual soap. Repeat until the water no longer forms suds, and then vacuum up the remaining water. You now have a soap-free carpet.

Tips & Warnings

  • When cleaning, cold water produces fewer suds than warm water. Vinegar can also reduce the appearance of suds.

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