Flooring Tips & Tricks

How to Remove a Cooking Oil Stain from Your Carpet

carpet-one-floor-home-roseville-chico-ca-flooring-tips-tricks-remove-cooking-oilFrom the wear and tear of daily life, your carpets certainly take a beating. Accidents in the kitchen are especially common and when they do occur, there is always the potential for your carpeting to become stained with oil. Since you won’t be able to throw your entire carpeting into the washing machine and you don’t want to call a professional carpet cleaner out every time you have a spill, it’s a good idea to have some do-it-yourself techniques in your back pocket. When it comes to removing oil stains from carpet, Roseville Carpet One offers these do-it-yourself methods that can keep your carpet looking it best. Oil stain removal is different for the types of materials that are stained. Before proceeding with any of the following cleaning procedures, Roseville Carpet One recommends you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. If these guidelines are unavailable to you the next time that you find yourself facing an cooking oil spill or stain, we recommend you try the following steps.

Cleaning Steps

Here's what to do first when an oil stain happens:

  1. Use clean, white paper towels to dry up the stain. Blot the stain without rubbing it in. If it has dried, use a dull knife to scrap up as much as possible. 
  2. when there is no more oil moving from the stain to the paper towel, you can move on. 
  3. Apply a dry cleaning solvent onto a damp towel. Blot stain with this detergent. 
  4. Repeat the solvent application above as many times as needed to remove the stain. 
  5. Use hot water on a damp towel to rinse and remove any residual cooking oil. 
  6. Blot and dry up the carpeting with a weighted pad of paper towels.

Additional Notes

  • You have probably been told that hot water is anything but good for fighting most types of stains. That is true for the most part. But, if you are trying to get an oil based stain, such as butter or cooking oil out of the fabric, you need to rely on hot water to help “melt” the stain to make it easier for it to be removed.  
  • Working quickly is important when it comes to oil stain removal. Take some time to insure that you have the best tools for the job and then attack it.  
  • Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet that is normally not visible first.

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