How to Clean Your Carpet Pad

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Mini vac
Broom and dustpan
Carpet cleaner
Spray bottles
Warm water
White wine vinegar
Sponge washcloth
Scrub brush
Baking soda

If you have any carpet pad that has fallen victim to dirt, dust or other assorted filth, you may want to consider cleaning it. Fortunately, carpet pad can be cleaned in much the same fashion as traditional carpet with the aid of a few basic housecleaning tools.

Step 1 - Thoroughly Dust the Carpet Pad

You'll need to begin the cleaning process by giving your dirty carpet pad a vigorous dusting. This step can be carried out with the aid of a mini vac, a vacuum cleaner with brush attachments, a broom and dustpan or some combination thereof. After removing every visible trace of dust from the carpet padding, you may proceed with the next step.

Step 2 - Choose a Suitable Cleaning Solution

If you're comfortable with using commercial carpet cleaners, such as Blue Magic or Resolve, you can move on to the next step. However, if you're not a fan of the plethora of potent chemicals found in many commercial cleaners, you'll be pleased to know that you can produce your own homemade cleaning solution with a few common household items. Begin this process by acquiring an empty spray bottle in which to combine a mixture that is:

1/4 baking soda

1/4 white wine vinegar

1/2 warm water

Once the above mentioned ingredients have been combined, make sure the bottle is securely sealed and proceed to give it a powerful shaking. After your homemade cleaner has taken shape, you may apply it to your carpet pad.

Step 3 - Apply Your Cleaning Solution

Now that you've chosen a suitable carpet cleaner, it's time to apply it to your carpet padding. Using a spray bottle, apply your homemade or commercial carpet cleaner to the padding, paying special attention to any noticeably stained or dirt-laden areas. If you're using the previously discussed homemade cleaning solution, allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes before moving on. If you're using a commercial cleaner, check the product's packaging or the manufacturer's website to determine how much time the cleaner needs to sit.

Step 4 - Clean Your Carpet Padding

Having given your carpet cleaner ample time to penetrate any stubborn dirt or stains, you're nearly finished. Begin the final step by using a sponge, washcloth or paper towel to thoroughly scrub the dirty carpet pad. Should you encounter any resilient stains or patches of dirt, you may need to put forth some additional elbow grease and/or incorporate the aid of a hard-bristled scrub brush.

Once you've removed all traces of filth from your carpet padding, fill another empty spray bottle with warm water and use it to rinse off your cleaning solution. It is generally recommended that you allow your carpet padding to air dry in a well-ventilated area, but if you absolutely can't wait, you can blot the padding with an absorbent washcloth or paper towel to suck up the remaining moisture.