How To Clean Berber Carpeting

26 August 2015
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Berber carpeting is carpet that is made from tightly woven fabric, usually wool or synthetic materials. Berber is a great carpeting for high traffic areas, as it doesn't show wear as often as other types of carpet. The problem with Berber carpeting is that the tightly woven fabric can hold onto dirt and debris. Berber carpeting should be cleaned a little more often than other types of carpeting for this very reason. See below for other cleaning tips for Berber carpeting.


Vacuum your Berber carpeting often with a vacuum cleaner that has good suction. Be sure not to use the beater bar or a brush vacuum, as they can damage the loops of this type of carpeting. The more often you vacuum your carpet, the less often you will need to deep clean your carpet. Vacuum at least a few times per week, or more if you have pets.

Deep Cleaning

Be sure to check what your carpeting is made of before deep cleaning your carpet or rug. Deep clean your carpet at least one time per year, or more if you have pets or a lot of stains and wear on your carpet. 

  • Wool. If your Berber is made of wool, you cannot use water on your carpeting, as this can damage the wool. You'll need to dry clean or spot clean any stains on your carpet.
  • Synthetic Fibers.  For Berber made of synthetic fibers, you can use a steam cleaning vacuum cleaner. If you don't own one, you can rent one at your local hardware store. There are usually cleaners that you can purchase, or you can create your own by mixing together: 1 gallon of warm water, 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap and a few drops of your favorite scented essential oil (optional). 


Drying your carpet is essential, as those tightly woven fabrics can hold a lot of water. You'll need to go over your carpeting several times after deep cleaning it to suck up as much water as you can. If you don't remove the water, it can cause mold or mildew to build up in the fibers of your carpeting. 

Spot Cleaning

For spills and small stains, you can use a mixture of 1 tsp. dish washing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of dish washing detergent and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Blot the spill (if it's wet) until it is dry, then use the mixture to clean the stain out of the carpet gently using a carpet scrub brush. 

Cleaning your Berber carpeting should be done gently, so you do not harm the fibers of your carpeting. If you're not confident cleaning the carpet yourself, enlist the help of a carpet cleaning professional, like those at ALL STAR CARPET CARE & RESTORATION.