Remove Oil Stains From Your Carpet

carpet oil stain removalCarpet oil stain removal can succeed if you work on it immediately. Indeed, you may already have a quick fix around the house. You can remove any oil stains from your carpet using one outlined method. Before beginning the process, gently place a cloth or paper towel on the colour and blot. Be careful not to rub the oil deeper into the carpet fibres—work from outside the stain towards the centre. Usually, the oil spilt makes no difference, as these methods work for motor oil, olive oil, baby oil, and all other oil types. These cleaning tips will also work for petroleum-based products such as Vaseline.

Things Needed for Carpet Oil Stain Removal

  • Absorbent white paper towels
  • Cleaning solution:
    • Synthetic Fibres: Rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol
    • Oriental Rugs: 5-6 drops of mild grease-cutting liquid dish soap mixed with 1 quart of water.
    • Wool Fibre: Aerosol brake parts cleaner, then dry cleaning fluid.
  • Clean white cloth.
  • Weight (heavy books, dishes, etc.)

*Various types of carpets will require treatment with different cleaning solutions. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations before deciding on a cleaning solution.

Remember to do a spot removal test on a carpet or upholstery that is usually invisible.

Do-It-Yourself Carpet Oil Stain Removal

Subsequently, oil stain removal can be challenging because it spreads and sticks to the fibres. Indeed, the best way to extract oil is to apply a thick coat of baking soda across the area where the stain can be seen and leave it until the sides form a dry crust. Then, vacuum up the residue. And the colour will be much lighter or gone altogether. You may have to repeat this process to remove the oil stain from the carpet.

  1. If oil is puddled, use the plastic spoon to scoop up excess fat and promptly dispose of the spoon. If the oil has dried, it may be necessary to use a small hand vac to pick up residue. Avoid using a full-sized vacuum because you might inadvertently spread the stain.
  2. Blot the oil stain when removing cooking oil stains using a paper towel. Blotch until no more oil appears on the paper towel.
  3. Then, a sheet or two of paper towels was folded into a square. Blot at the oil stain using a lifting motion working from the outside.
  4. Apply small portions of rubbing alcohol directly onto the oil stain using a washcloth. Ensure you’re blotting, not wiping, as this can spread the paint onto other carpet areas.
  5. Lastly, never rub the stain, or you may make it more dangerous.

More DIY Tips On Carpet Oil Stain Removal

6. Make use of paper towels to blot the oil. Apply a lifting motion and blot until no more oil comes off the paper towel.

7. Combine one quart of water with one-fourth teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Apply a modest amount of cleaning solution to a washcloth. Ensure the dishwashing liquid is a brand that doesn’t contain lanolin or bleach.

8. Please test a small carpet area to ensure it can endure the cleaning solution without staining or fading.

9. Apply this water and dishwashing liquid mixture with a sponge to the stain. Blot the affected carpet area until the oil stain is no longer visible.

10. Blot the stain using the washcloth. Do not rub, as this may spread the colour just as before.

Take Note:

  • If you have an oriental rug or your carpet is wool or silk, you have the stain removed professionally. Indeed, these types of rugs/carpeting are sensitive and may not be colour-fast. Indeed, you should call a carpet specialist familiar with the kind of rug/carpet you have when uncertain about the type of material your carpet or Oriental rugs are made from. Try checking the tag or consult the installer for your carpet.
  • When you clean engine stains, don’t oversaturate the area because this may cause the paint to spread. And the cleaning washcloth has to be damp, not soaking wet.
  • Refrain from walking on any damp areas of carpets. Ensure that any spots you clean are dry before you step on them (wet carpet fibres attract more dirt than dry, and you may get a more prominent stain than you bargained for).
  • To prolong the vitality of your carpet and avoid excessive staining, vacuum your carpets at least once a week and deep clean them no less than twice a year.
  • Choose an excellent professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpets deep. If you choose to clean your carpets using rented cleaning machines, please don’t over-wet the carpet, which can cause mould growth and delamination.
  • Use adequate ventilation, using fans to help disperse the odour from the cleaning solution.

Whether you have a professional deep clean your carpets or decide on doing it yourself, always allow them to dry completely before walking on them – say, 9 hours.

On the other hand, if the oil has soaked into the underlay, it will wick up the carpet fibres until the underlay is flushed out, cleaned, or replaced. Stain removal services in South Auckland, North Shore, East, and West Auckland are provided by Steam n Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland.

How To Clean A Carpet Underlay?

Above all, accidental spills and pet accidents affect the carpet and, in many cases, the underlay below it. Carpets absorb moisture and lock it in, potentially leaving a stain and a musty or mouldy odour behind. Indeed, you can clean your carpet underlay with workhorse household products and deodorise it.

1. Lift the carpet to expose the carpet underlay underneath. Rugs are usually secured to the floor with carpet staples or nails at the outside corners. Remove the fasteners and reveal the section of carpet underlay you wish to clean.

2. Blot the carpet underlay with clean rags if wet. Your goal is to lift as much of the offending element as possible if one is present.

3. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 quart of lukewarm water. Spread the mixture liberally over the carpet underlay with a sponge, especially on stained areas. Let the mixture sit on the carpet underlay pad for 25 minutes.

4. Combine mild dish soap and warm water in a bucket. Rub the solution into the carpet underlay with a sponge and an old, softened toothbrush for stubborn stains.

5. Rinse the underlay with fresh water and a clean sponge. Remove all traces of the soap.

6. Let the carpet underlay dry thoroughly. If you like, direct a fan on the underlay to speed up the process.

7. Sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda on the dry carpet underlay to deodorise it. Wait 15 minutes, then vacuum the underlay. Return your mat to its original secured condition.

Last updated 6/2/2024 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens