How To Clean A Nylon Carpet

Nylon carpets are durable and resistant and are also available in a wide range of colors. Like other synthetic carpets, they can be cleaned with most cleaning products. They also have a high degree of stain resistance. 

But there are a few things you need to know when learning how to clean a nylon carpet. In this guide, you’ll learn what to look for when choosing carpet detergent, and the best method for cleaning your carpet. You’ll also discover how to remove stains from your nylon carpet.

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What Is The Best Way To Clean A Nylon Carpet?

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Although nylon carpets are relatively easy to clean, some methods do stand out among the rest. 

These are the top two best ways to clean a nylon carpet. Whether your carpet is heavily soiled, or just needs to be sanitized and deodorized, choose the method that best suits your needs.

Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

Hot water extraction is the best way to clean a synthetic carpet, especially a nylon one. It ensures a deep clean and revitalizes the fibers, giving them a springy look and feel again. This is the method of choice of most professional carpet cleaners.

When you choose hot water extraction cleaning, you’ll need a water extractor carpet machine. We stock machines that are compatible with our entire range of carpet detergents.

  • Add your chosen cleaning chemicals to the water tank of the carpet machine, as per the dosage instructions on the packaging. 
  • Keep moving over the entire surface, and avoid hovering in one particular area for too long. The machine will suck up water as it goes so that your nylon carpet is not left too wet. 
  • Once you have cleaned the entire carpet with detergent, go over it again with plain water to rinse the residue from the fibers. Then leave your nylon carpet to air dry. 

While hot water extraction is a very effective carpet cleaning method, it does not work for all carpet fibers. It can harm certain natural or delicate rugs. For example, it’s best to avoid this method for cleaning a chenille rug as Hot water extraction may cause shrinkage of natural fibers.

What Is The Best Detergent For Cleaning Nylon Carpets With Hot Water Extraction?

Hot water extraction is the top method for deep cleaning heavily soiled nylon carpets. But to retain the stain resistance of nylon, stick to detergents with a low or neutral PH. 

We recommend Rug Smack Cleaner, with its neutral PH range. It’s suitable for hot water extraction and cleaning of all types of fibers. 

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Rug Smack will restore the brightness of colored nylon fibers, too. But always do a test patch for colorfastness. If you’d like to try a test patch first, we offer samples of this product.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning is another heat-based cleaning method that’s suitable for nylon carpets. If you don’t own a steamer unit, you can buy or hire one online. A steamer is a great investment for the care and maintenance of your nylon carpets, but also your synthetic drapes and upholstery.

  • Most people don’t realize that you can add a few drops of carpet detergent or deodorizer to the steamer unit’s water tank, too. (But always check with the unit’s manual first, to be certain).
  • Working your way over the entire carpet in the direction of the fibers. The steam will kill any bacteria lurking between them. 
  • Leave the carpet to air dry afterward. Steam cleaning is just as useful for cleaning a furry rug, whether synthetic or wool.  In both cases, the heat of the steam will plump up the fibers again. 

But steam cleaning is not such a good idea for many other natural fiber rugs. So, if you have to clean a cotton rug, don’t use steam unless it is very heavy-duty cotton. Always check the care instructions for your carpets or rugs. Some rugs are meant to be cleaned with dry powder methods only.

What Is The Best Product for Cleaning Nylon Carpets With A Steamer?

While hot water extraction is best for deep-cleaning a nylon carpet, steaming is suitable for carpets that merely need light cleaning and freshening. 

Although the steam alone is all that is necessary to sanitize a nylon carpet and freshen it, extra attention is needed if it smells bad.

The essential oils in Ecocide Citrus Lush leave a long-lasting, zesty fragrance and absorb unpleasant odors. This natural concentrate is compatible with all our other carpet chemicals, too.

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How To Clean Nylon Carpet Stains

Fortunately, most nylon carpets are fairly stain resistant. But that does not mean that they can’t be stained. Tricky stains like oily food spills, ink, wine, and coffee or tea are usually hard to deal with, no matter the fiber type. 

But, that’s not the case when you have the following products at your disposal. They’re our top stain removers for spot-cleaning nylon carpets. 

Heavily Pigmented Stains

Heavily pigmented stains like make-up, nail polish, magic marker, paint, or ink can spell doom for your carpets. But not when you have Pig Out, a stain remover powder designed specifically for such issues. 

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Pig Out can be used to pre-spot treat your nylon carpet’s worst stains, before general cleaning.

Greasy Or Oily Stains And Wax Spills

Has oily food or candle wax ruined the appearance of your fluffy nylon carpet? Super Gel is the solution to these problems. 

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This liquid stain remover safely removes these stains from nylon carpets, as well as other synthetic fibers. It even works its magic on natural fibers, too.

General Household Stains

Rave Spotter is the product we most recommend for the on-the-go spot treatment of everyday stains. Packaged in a handy trigger-nozzle bottle, treating stains couldn’t be easier. Simply spray, blot, mist and you’re done.

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Rave Spotter easily dissolves coffee, tea, and most wine stains from your nylon carpet, along with 98% of other stains. This non-toxic, no-rinse formula is also pet-friendly.


Nylon carpets are generally stain resistant and are easier to clean than most other carpets. But the best way to deep clean a heavily soiled nylon carpet is with hot water extraction. In cases where the overall carpet is clean but there are a few stubborn stains, spot treatment will suffice. 

We stock a comprehensive range of carpet cleaning tools, detergents, and stain removers that will keep your nylon carpet looking good for years to come.

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