Flooring Tips & Tricks

carpet-one-floor-home-roseville-chico-ca-flooring-tips-tricks-remove-grease-stainHow to Remove a Grease Stain from Your Carpet

Grease and oil are stubborn substances to eliminate from your carpet. If not completely removed, they can cause re-soiling due to the residue they leave behind. Lingering grease and oil can actually attract more dirt. These substances can come from cooking, asphalt, garages, or even from machinery involved in a work site.

The first trick when it comes to grease stain removal involves timeliness. When you treat a stain as quickly as possible, you increase your chances of successful removal. Grease penetrates fabric, causing it to soak through layers and make removal difficult. For this reason, you should attempt to eliminate the stain as soon as you notice it.

Supplies

There are a few items you want to make sure you have on hand to take care of any grease mishaps on your carpeting as soon as they occur. These include: 

  • Cotton Cloth
  • Cleaning Solvent
  • Clean Towel
  • Paper Towels

Method for Cleaning

  1. APPLY a dry cleaning solvent onto a damp towel
  2. BLOT don't rub 
  3. REPEAT solvent application as above-do not apply directly to carpet
  4. BLOT don't rub 
  5. APPLY water with damp towel
  6. BLOT to finish with a weighted pad of paper towels

An aggressive grease stain will sometimes need more than one application and remember that hot water can “set” stains, making them that much more difficult to remove. Before you tackle the problem, review the care instructions from your carpet manufacturer or test the cleaning solution in a hidden area before you proceed. If the dye in the fiber fades or changes colors, try a different method. Click here to view more Flooring Tips & Tricks >

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