Cleaning Berber Carpet

Do you have Berber carpet in your home? If so, here are the steps for cleaning Berber carpet.

I love the look of a Berber carpet. It has a clean, fresh look and it wears well if you take care of it. We put Berber carpeting in our office a few years ago and it still looks good! This carpet has short, densely packed loops, which in turn hides dirt and works well in high traffic areas.

It is important, however, to vacuum it often to remove any dirt before it travels deep into the carpet. Also, blot up any spills as soon as they happen so they will not get trapped in the fibers. This way your carpet will look good for a very long time.

To really clean a Berber carpet, you need to use a steam cleaner. This is one of the best ways to get your carpet clean quickly and successfully. You can either buy or rent the machine.

Once you apply any water to your Berber carpet, you should not stand on the carpet again until it is dry. What this means is you need to pick a time to clean it when everyone will be away from the house for the day. This way, there is no chance anyone will walk on the carpet until it is dry and squash down the carpet fibers.


  • Preparation Before Cleaning Berber Carpet:Vacuum:
      Before you put any water on the carpet, it is very important that you vacuum it well. You want to make sure that you vacuum enough to remove any and all loose fibers, as well as the loose dirt.
  • Get the Machine Ready:
        Rinse the steam cleaner with water first to remove any leftover residue that may have been left in the machine from the last person who used it. Then, fill the reservoir of your steam cleaner with water and turn it on. You want the machine to start producing steam before your begin cleaning.

    IMPORTANT: Never use carpet shampoo on Berber carpet! You only use water in your steam cleaner. Carpet shampoo can be very harsh and could cause harm to your carpet.

  • Start Cleaning:
        Divide your carpet into 3 foot square sections starting at the part of the room that is the furthest away from the door. This is so you will not have to stand on the wet carpet and flatten those fibers down while cleaning.

    Clean one 3-foot section at a time. Move the machine slowly. Spend about 30 seconds on each 3-foot square. This is so the steam will penetrate deep down into the fibers of your carpet to get out those stubborn stains.

    If any stains remain in your carpet, you can repeat this treatment on those tough stains.

  • Cleanup:
      Rinse out the steam cleaner thoroughly before storing or returning it to the store.

    NOTE: Berber carpets have very thick pile which means they take longer than other carpets to dry. So remember when you are cleaning Berber carpet, do not to step back onto it again until it is completely dry.


Dave Altman

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