How to Get Soap Out Of Carpet (Both Dry And Wet)

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How to Get Soap Out Of Carpet

Getting soap on a fluffy carpet is a nightmare or any carpet at all. Getting the soap out of the carpet can be challenging but with this step-by-step cleaning method for both a wet spill and a dry spillage, your carpet will look brand new again in no time.

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Spillage:

Spilling soap on your carpet can happen when you are cleaning or someone accidentally spills it. Some soap will stain your carpet if you leave it in for too long while most soaps will create a lot of suds if you add water to it and try to get it out. If you even have a soap spillage again never add water to it first.

Effects Of Leaving Soap On Your Carpet:

Leaving soap on your carpet is a bad idea because when soap dries on the fabric it can leave a stain or stiffens the fabric and make it feel rough. If the soap was spilled over a large area, over time you will see the fabric laying flat because it doesn’t have the flexibility again to stand up even if you walk on it because it’s too stiff. The soap as well can break down the glue in the carpet that is holding it together.

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Getting Soap Out Of Your Carpet: Dry Cleaning Method

Dry spillage is when soap was spilled on the carpet and left for days to dry and become hard. This type of spillage is much more harder to clean out so I recommend cleaning up soap spill as soon as it gets on your carpet.

Tools Needed:

  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Large towel
  • Paper towel
  • Cleaning container 
  • Vinegar 
  • Baking soda 
  • vacuum 

Steps To Clean The Carpet:

1. The first thing you need to do is remove everything off your carpet so you can move around freely when you are cleaning it.

2. Sprinkle baking soda over the area where the soap was spilled and then add 1 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water In the cleaning container. The vinegar will help with the soap that the soap will create.

3. Dip the cleaning cloth in the water and wipe the area in a circular motion allowing the baking soda to stop the soap from pudding too much.

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4. Once you did that you can use the large towel that you have and soak up the majority of the water and sud that is on the carpet. Once you did that use your vacuum and vacuum up the baking soda out the carpet.

5. The soap should now be out of the carpet and you can leave it to dry. If the area that you just cleaned smells of vinegar, spray some air freshener or drop some essential oils there.

Getting Soap Out Of Your Carpet: Wet Cleaning Method

There are two types of wet soap spills. One is when you spill the raw soap on the carpet and the other is when the soap was already mixed with water. Both of them are equally the same to clean so let us get to cleaning it out of your carpet.

Tools Needed:

  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning Container
  • Large Towel
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Step To Clean The Carpet:

1. As method above with the dry cleaning method you need to clear the area that you will be cleaning so you can work much more freely. Once you did that you can skip to the next step.

2-A. If the soap spill was the raw soap then you need to scoop up as much of the raw soap as possible with a spoon or something with a flat edge that can gather it in one place. Once you scoop up most of the soap then move on to the next step.

2-B. This step is for soapy water that was spilled on your carpet. You need to use a paper towel or a towel and soak up most of the soap and water before you start cleaning.

3. Now you need to make a mixture of warm water in a cleaning container and add 1 cup of white vinegar. The vinegar will neutralize most of the sud that soap will create. To hide the smell of the vinegar add some drops of essential oils if you want to. 

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4. Use a cleaning cloth and wet the area on your carpet where the soap was spilled. By wetting the area you are activating the soap so you can absorb it with a large towel or some clean dry cleaning cloth.

5. To absorb the excess soap on your carpet, place a large towel or some cleaning cloth over the area and blot it then leave it for 20 minutes. The cloth will absorb the excessive amount of soap. When you are done if you no longer see foam or sud the carpet is clean and can leave to air dry.

Wet/Dry Vacuum Clean Up:

Using a wet/dry vacuum is the next way you can clean your carpet. These vacuums can suck up large amounts of water from an area easily. If you do have one at home this is how to use it to get the soap out of your carpet.

1. Sprinkle baking soda on the area that has the soap spillage. Massage the baking soda into the carpet.

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2. Take the vacuum and suck up both the soap, baking soda, and soap water from the carpet. Vacuuming in one direction will ensure that you don’t miss a spot.

3. If you see a stain when you are finish vacuuming. Add some vinegar to a spray bottle then add some warm water to it and spray the area.

4. Use a cloth to scrub the stain out or a scrub brush and clean the stain. Repeat the cleaning process with the wet/dry vacuum and let the carpet air dry.

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Final Thoughts:

Cleaning up a soap spill on your carpet as soon as it happened is the best way to prevent it from getting stained by the soap or the soap damaging the carpet. If the area the soap was spilled on is small you can use your house vacuum and just suck up the soap water and the carpet will be good. Just ensure you clean your vacuum afterward.

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