How to clean stains on white Berber Carpet?


Roof leak caused several stains in the middle of the room on white Berber Carpet. Tried baking soda and vinegar ...didn’t work. Any suggestions?

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  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Sep 05, 2018

    Brenda, my guess is that they are yellowish brown stains from the roof? I really think a good truck mounted extraction will be your best bet.

    If that isn't in the budget, then use an enzymatic cleaner (you can find them in the pet section). Apply, place a warm wet towel over it and let it sit. Then blot with dry towel.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 05, 2018

    Would your insurance not cover it? Definately call a carpet co.

  • Karen Pullen Karen Pullen on Sep 05, 2018

    I've had really good luck lately just putting a capful of hydrogen peroxide on stains and working it in and around and then patting it dry. You might try a small area and see if it works; if it does, work yourself through the stain! Good luck!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 05, 2018

    True Berber carpets are wool and I’m guessing this is acrylic, not nylon. Based on that: Start Easy first:

    Start with 3% hydrogen peroxide and saturate it, keep it covered with plastic wrap for 3-5 hours. Shop vac it well and then pile white towels on it and step on the towels to blot out the moisture.

    If it helped, then buy 7% or higher hydrogen peroxide (health food stores). 30% food grade hydrogen peroxide must be diluted 1:3 and is caustic undiluted, use gloves. Repeat steps above.

    If still not out, then buy a clear rust removal product made for laundry use. Follow directions and rinse, vac, rinse, vac, blot dry.

    If this still isn’t working, do you have a small matching closet that can donate a patch? The closet can have a new matching vinyl tile floor then.

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    • Brenda Brenda on Sep 12, 2018

      The Carpet has been hit a couple of times by roof leaks. The roofers were out today replacing 1/2 of an 18 mos old roof. The carpet has likely reached it “useful” life but trying to get a couple of more seasons out of it and the stains drive me crazy.

  • Brenda Brenda on Sep 12, 2018

    Excellent responses. Thank you.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 12, 2018

    If it’s 10 years old, then yes time to replace it and the pad.

    Yes, get your insurance company involved. They may require you to get it professionally cleaned before they’ll process your claim.

    I would go after the roofing company first, because there’s a chance your insurance company will raise your rates after a claim.