How to remove coal dust from carpet

Our top tips to get coal and charcoal dust out of the carpet.

‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.’

Sound’s nice doesn’t it? A proper Christmas scene. What might throw it off slightly is the sight of coal and charcoal dust on the carpet.

Unfortunately, to clean this stain, you’ll need a bit more than just a quick scrub.

Here at ServiceMaster Clean, we’ve tried and tested the best way to remove coal and charcoal dust from carpets so you don’t have to leave anything to chance.

Cleaning coal dust from the carpet yourself:

  1. Hoover: Lightly vacuum the charcoal or coal dust. Do this gently, to be careful not to put the dust further down the carpet pile.
  2. Treat: Use a solution like ServiceMaster Spot Hero cleaner to treat any remaining stains on the carpet. But be sure to dab and not rub the stain so it doesn’t spread or deepen.
  3. Repeat: You may have to repeat this process to get the best results.


Accompanying charcoal or coal stains you may also have burned or particularly badly stained areas of the carpet.

In cases like these, our expert technicians can carry out any necessary repairs like re-tufting, or using a bonded insert. Be advised, however, for this we will need a spare piece of the original carpet.

Need carpet cleaning this Christmas?

In cleaning stains like charcoal, some of the best solutions are products that aren’t available to the general public. So, for the best results cleaning coal or charcoal dust stains, it’s a good idea to call the professionals.

If a stain is something you don’t feel capable of tackling yourself and would like our experts to come to you, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today to see how we can help.

To learn more about our services, call 0800 021 3073 or book a clean online through our online shop.