Oil is one of those dreaded difficult stains to remove from fabric. Drop food cooked in oil or grease on your clothes or carpeting while sitting at the dining table and you may be thinking it will be next to impossible to remove the stain. Never fear there is hope for you clothes and your carpet let’s focus on the carpet part for now.
It is always best to spot treat a stain as soon as it happens to improve your chances of removal oil.
Blot the excess oil first. Grab a clean cloth or paper towel and place over the oil stain applying gentle pressure to absorb as much of the oil into the towel as possible.
Grab some baking soda or corn starch. After blotting up a majority of the oil coat the stain with the baking soda or corn starch. Allow the powder to sit on the oil stain for 2 to 24 hours. When you feel that the powder has absorbed the stain vacuum up the powder. With mild oil spills the stain should be gone.
If the baking soda or corn starch did not completely remove the oil stain, use some mild dish soap. Dawn is a good mild dish detergent. Mix a cleaning solution of water and just a drop or two of dishwashing soap. Very gently work the solution into the stain from the outside in. Leave the dish soap solution on the oil stain for a few minutes. After a few minutes grab a clean damp cloth and blot until all of the detergent is removed from the carpet. This last step will need to be repeated a few times before the soap is removed from the carpet.
If your oil stain is really stubborn and hanging on for dear life it is time to call in the carpet cleaning pros at All Kleen carpet. We have highly trained carpet cleaners ready to combat yourtoughest stains. Image by Jennie-O Flickr Commons.