Carpets have been popular since the 4th-5th BC. They are sold and used widespread because a lot of people love them, myself included. And we all know why. Carpets give that soft and warm sensation to our feet. Also, they are good to decorate a home.
They spread the vibe of the ‘home sweet home’ mentality. Not to mention carpets provide safety for children from catching a bad fall and they prevent fragile things from being shattered on the floor.
Speaking of carpets, most of us have this one favorite carpet that is dear to our heart. We maintain it, vacuum it from time to time, and clean it regularly.
But no matter how careful we are, carpets are still prone to dirt and stains (especially if you have pets or visitors frequently). Some stains are easy to remove but some require heavy work.
And perhaps the toughest stains to remove from carpets are grease stains. Water and wiping are unfortunately not sufficient to remove these pesky stains.
This is why you will need different cleaning ingredients other than water. If you are looking on the internet for effective ways to remove oil stains from your carpet, then read further.
How to get grease stains out of a carpet
Different methods work to clean stubborn, greasy spots from your carpet. Use baking soda or a mixture of vinegar and liquid soap as well as rubbing alcohol. Bar soap works great for the matter. Solvent-based cleaners or spot removers will also work but contain chemicals.
Steps on how to remove greasy stains out of a carpet
Baking soda and liquid detergent
Baking soda is that powdery-versatile product you can use to absorb the oil and moisture from that annoying grease stain.
This is probably one of the most favored methods by carpet owners since it is inexpensive, non-toxic, and won’t damage the color of the carpet.
For this procedure, you will need baking soda, an old toothbrush (or a small brush), a vacuum cleaner, warm water, liquid detergent, and a sponge (or clean cloth).
Steps: generously cover the stains with baking soda. You will see that the baking soda will start to absorb the oily grease.
Then with your preferred brush, scrub the baking soda gently and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming.
Once the vacuum picks up the greasy particles, apply few drops of liquid detergent onto the affected area and apply some water while gently scrubbing the stained part.
Finally, rinse the area with warm water and wipe with a clean cloth.
Keep dabbing the area until dry. You can repeat the steps as necessary if you see that the spots are still visible.
Vinegar and dish soap combo
Vinegar is said to be one of the most suitable cleaning ingredients there is because of its disinfecting power.
To try this method you will need vinegar, dish soap, warm water, a paper towel (or clean cloth), and a spray bottle.
Steps: use vinegar, water, and dish soap, make a mixture and transfer to a spray bottle. Spray the said mixture onto the stained area and dab using the paper towels.
After that, wipe away the soap and vinegar residues with a warm water. Repeat the steps if needed.
Rubbing alcohol is commonly used by people since it kills germs and has the ability to remove stains from furniture too.
However, if you’re opting to try out this method, you must be extra careful since alcohol is toxic and flammable.
Keep children away when using rubbing alcohol.
For this method to work you will need three things: the rubbing alcohol itself, clean water and some paper towels (or clean cloth).
Steps: to start, put alcohol onto the clean cloth or paper towel and carefully press it onto the greasy spot.
You will then notice that the grease is being absorbed by the alcohol. Keep repeating the process until you notice the stain no longer visible.
Now get rid of the alcohol residue by soaking the cloth in water and dabbing it onto the cleaned area.
Finally while letting it dry, open the windows to let out the strong smell of the rubbing alcohol.
Dry cleaning solvent or spot remover
If all else fails, this may be your last option. You will need a dry cleaning solvent (but if not available, alternatively try spot remover), a sponge, a clean cloth, and a fan.
Steps: test a small area with a few drops and make sure it is not discolored or damaged. If not, apply more on a sponge and gently blot on the stained area.
Wait for a couple of minutes to ensure that the product will fully absorb the oil.
Next, soak the clean cloth in water and pat the cleaned area to assure no stains are left. Lastly, dry your carpet using a fan.
Can I use cornstarch instead of baking soda?
Yes you may. If baking soda is not available, alternatively use cornstarch and follow the same procedure entirely for effective results.
Can old grease stains still be removed using the above methods?
Yes. But more effort and hard work is needed. Although the said methods could still work, older grease stains are stickier than new ones.
And for the peskiest grease stain, chemical ingredients may be more effective than the non-toxic ones.
This is why it’s highly advisable to clean the greased area as soon as you can for easier cleaning and removal.
Of all the mentioned methods above, remember that they are is no 100% guarantee that you will be able to remove the grease stain on your carpet.
Meaning the effectiveness of the cleaning method will depend on how long the stain has been there for already and how proper you clean it.
And always remember, when cleaning, wear gloves for additional precaution and an old shirt because you don’t want your clothes getting stained.