How to Get Grease Out of Carpet
Getting grease out of your carpet is possible if you have an effective, fast DIY method in place. This involves blotting the stain, applying a cleaning solvent and vacuuming the stain.
Carpet stains are no fun, but grease stains are particularly troublesome. This is because grease tends to sink in quickly and can be difficult to remove. Provided you act quickly, though, getting grease out of your carpet is doable. With just a few cleaning products and some patience, you'll have that grease gone in no time.
Here are the tools you need to eliminate grease from your carpet.
Things You Will Need
- Cleaning solvent (baking soda or cornstarch)
- White vinegar
- Dish detergent
- Clean paper towel or cloth
- Bucket of cold water
- Brush with stiff bristles
- Spray bottle for cleaning solvent
Step 1: Blot the Stain
First, blot up as much of the grease stain as possible. A damp paper towel or cloth is best for this. Add cold water as needed. Just remember that it's important to blot the stain first; do not use scrubbing motions. Scrubbing at this stage will likely cause the stain to move deeper into the fabric.
Remember that the sooner you deal with a grease stain, the easier it will be to remove. Try not to let the stain sink in for too long before removal.
Step 2: Scrape Off Excess Grease
Once you've properly blotted the grease, use a brush with stiff bristles to gently brush the stain. This helps to break up the stain and get rid of any excess grease. Add more water as needed to work the grease out. It's crucial to get rid of as much grease as possible before using a cleaning solution.
When cleaning a grease stain, always start at the edge of the stain and work from the outside toward the center. Otherwise, the stain may spread and sink deeper into the carpet fabric.
Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solvent
Next, use an appropriate cleaning solution for your carpet type. Both baking soda and cornstarch are very effective home remedies for cleaning grease, and they work for any type of fabric. Whichever solvent you choose, sprinkle it on and then let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
Step 4: Vacuum
Once you've let your cleaning solvent sit for at least 15 minutes, vacuum the stain. Add cold water as needed and blot dry. Vacuuming will help return your carpet fibers to their normal texture.
Step 5: Repeat Steps if Necessary
If the stain is persistent, repeat Steps 1-4 if needed. Flush the grease with plenty of cold water during the process.
Always use cold water for rinsing, in order to keep the grease stain from setting.
What to Do if The Stain Remains or Comes Back
If the stain remains or comes back in the form of dirt sticking to an oily residue, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one tablespoon of dish detergent; combine this with two cups of warm water. Then, sponge the stain with this mixture and blot until all liquid is absorbed. Finish by sponging again with cold water, then blot dry.
Justine Harrington is a writer and editor based in Austin, Texas by way of Oklahoma. Find out more at www.justineharrington.com