How to remove oil stains from a carpet

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How to remove oil stains from a carpet

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Remove oil stains easy from carpet fibers that trap dust and dirt with this simple ‘how to’ guide. Grease and oil don’t respond easily to most conventional carpet cleaning materials. Nevertheless, if oil stains are tackled quickly, you should still be able to get them out of most carpets without too many problems.


Fill a small (one gallon or less) clean pail with warm water and a few teaspoons of liquid grease-cutting detergent.


Pour a little of this soapy mix onto a discrete corner of the carpeting. Rub into it to test for color bleeding. If the carpet dye shows any sign of fading, call a professional before continuing. If it seems to handle the soapy water well, pour some of the soapy mix on the stained area. Press it lightly into the fibers with a cloth and let the carpet soak for several minutes.


Dab a cloth lightly on the oil stain. Switch to a clean side of the cloth and press again.


Wet a new clean cloth in the soapy water. Press it to the stain. More should be coming up at this point. If not, add some liquid detergent directly to the carpet.


Wet paper towels under a faucet. Press damp paper towels to the stain, over and over again. By now, most of the stain should be lifted or at least faded.


Vacuum the area with a steam cleaner/carpet cleaner. Use cleaning solution recommended for the model you are using, and the type of carpet fiber you are working on. Make sure the carpet is rinsed very well.


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