How to Clean Berber Carpet

Has your Berbet carpet become a little discolored, been stained, or is slightly grubby from day to day wear? If you are wondering how to clean your Berber carpet and ensure that it looks its best, you need to make cleaning it seriously.


Berber carpets are designed to be exceptional; long-lasting, durable and highly resistant to dirt and stains. However, while designed to be incredible carpets for domestic or commercial use, they are exceptionally difficult to clean.

That being said, you don’t have to call in the experts to clean up your Berber carpet, as there are plenty of DIY solutions that you can try first. For everything that you should know about cleaning your Berber carpet, read on.

What makes Berbers difficult to clean?

If you’re going to win the war on dirt, then you need to know what you’re going up against. So, what makes Berber carpets so difficult to clean?

The fiber of the Berber carpet is made from is a major factor. More budget-friendly Berber carpets are made of olefin, which has a tendency to attract oils easily. These are the oils that come from skin, residue on shoes, and from cooking. If your Berber is oily, you may need to call in the professionals, because this is an issue that even professional carpet cleaners can struggle to fix. Luckily, the second most common carpet fiber that Berber made from is nylon which is far easier to clean.

Another factor to bear in mind is that Berber’s have a tight weave. This tight weave can easily hold water, which means if you use too much water to clean it with, it won’t dry and will develop mildew and mold. Another issue with this tight weave is ‘wicking’ which is where the carpet appears clean when first cleaned but then as it dries the oils start to come out of the tight fibers, staining it once more. (The answer is dry cleaning and a second round of cleaning to follow the first.)

What does it take to keep a Berber carpet clean?

There are three basic steps to keeping a Berber carpet clean, these are:

  1. Prevention
  2. Vacuuming
  3. Stain removal

Prevention is better than curer – do your best to keep the carpet clean

Instead of attempting to deal with dingey, stained carpets, it’s better to attempt to keep your Berber carpet clean. Luckily, Berber carpets tend to be fairly stain-resistant, which means that water-soluble stains aren’t a major concern. However, as mentioned above, oil-based stains can be.

Keeping a doormat by your front door and always removing shoes where possible can save you a lot of time and money. Ask all guests to remove their shoes before stepping on your carpet, to help prevent any staining from occurring.

Vacuuming is key

Berber carpets should be vacuumed on a regular basis – ideally two to three times a week at least. Vacuuming these carpets removes dirt, dust, and debris, and helps to prevent a large accumulation of these, which could eventually lead to a difficult-to-remove stain. Once dirt ‘settles’ into the fabric of a carpet and works its way into the fibers, it becomes almost impossible to remove, which is why regular vacuuming is so vital.

When it comes to cleaning your Berber carpet with the vacuum cleaner, it’s crucial that you ensure you have a high-quality vacuum on hand. The stronger the vacuum cleaner is, the more dirt will be removed when vacuuming.

Stain removal is important

If you notice a specific stain on your Berber carpet, it’s important to act quickly, but first, you need to identify the type of stain. If you are going to successfully remove a stain, you need to know what type of stain it actually is. Is it a water-soluble stain or an oil stain? You should be able to tell if it’s an oil stain by feeling it.

Water-soluble stains are the easiest to remove. If it’s still wet, just water alone should be able to remove it. Apply cold water to a cloth and gently rub the stain, until it disappears altogether. (Make sure to wash the cloth out multiple times while cleaning.)

If the stain is wet, it’s important to vacuum any moisture out of it that you can. Berber carpets are thick, which means moisture can be hard to remove and if not remove, can lead to the formation of mold. For this reason, even if dealing with a hard to remove the stain, you should try not to clean it more than once, as this could cause the carpet to become overly wet, trapping the stain in the fabric and potentially causing mold to occur. A handy hack for drawing excess moisture out of your carpet is to sprinkle it with baking soda, wait five minutes and then vacuum up the baking soda and the moisture within it. Salt can also work just as well.

For general cleaning throughout the years, a professional carpet cleaner is the best option. This helps to maintain your Berber carpet’s high quality without using too much water on it and creating related issues.

Spot treatments tend to work well. For an old stain, a high-quality stain remover is key. Or alternatively, a combination of white vinegar and water can also work well as a DIY stain remover. (Remember, for any cleaning product you use, only use very small amounts to prevent wetting the carpet unnecessarily.)

When spot treating your Berber carpet, don’t be over vigorous with your scrubbing, as you don’t want to make the area appear cleaner and brighter than the rest of the carpet, you simply want to remove the stain.

Berber carpets make fantastic additions to any home or business, as they are durable and long-lasting, plus they look incredible. However, they can be notoriously tricky to clean, which is why the tips and advice above are so useful. Remember, when cleaning your Berber carpet, if ever in doubt head straight for your carpet’s manufacturers manual as you’re sure to find what you need to know.