How to Clean With a Solution for Taking Out Black Dirt in a Carpet

Few things stop you in your tracks like black dirt stains on your carpet. These stains get down into the carpet fibers and seem impossible to remove completely. Though the best preventative measure is to take your shoes off before walking on the carpet or make sure children or pets don't bring dirt into the house, you can remove a black dirt stain in your carpet with solutions using supplies and materials found in most homes.

Footprints are okay outside but not when they appear as dirty prints on your carpet.
    Start by vacuuming.
  1. Vacuum any loose dirt up using your vacuum cleaner. If the stain is brand new, you will remove a good portion of the stain this way and make the rest of the cleanup easier.
  2. Shaving cream makes an excellent stain remover.
  3. Squirt shaving cream--the white foamy type, not a colorful gel--directly onto the black dirt stain. Allow the shaving cream to soak into the stain.
  4. Dampen a cotton cloth, and blot at the stain. Continue to blot until the stain area is wet from the shaving cream and water. Allow the shaving cream and dampness from the cloth to sit on the stain for a few minutes to loosen the dirt from the carpet fibers.
  5. Mix your next cleaning solution in a bucket.
  6. Mix a few drops of laundry detergent and some water in your bucket, enough to fill the bucket 1/4 full.
  7. Synthetic bristles are softer than natural bristles on most scrub brushes.
  8. Scrub the stain with a soft-bristle scrub brush dipped in the soapy solution. Don't scrub too hard as this can damage the carpet fibers. A light scrubbing loosens the dirt further.
  9. Dip a clean cotton cloth into the soapy solution. Blot it against the stain. The stain should begin to transfer to the cotton cloth. Move to a clean part of the moistened cloth, and continue to blot until there's no more transfer.
  10. Rinse the area thoroughly by using a clean dampened cloth to blot up the soapy residue.

Things You Will Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Shaving cream
  • Cotton cloths
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristle scrub brush


  • Tackle any remaining stain with a commercial carpet cleaner.


  • Rinse the area well. Soapy residue left on the carpet attracts more dirt.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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