You just realized that someone walked across the carpet and tracked oil everywhere. What do you do? Oil can be tricky, but have no fear, getting oil out of carpet isn’t as difficult as you may think.
How To Get Oil Out Of Carpet
Step 1. Using a paper towel or cloth, blot the stain until no more oil is absorbed into the cloth. Microfiber cloths work great for this!
Step 2. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol with a towel to the oil stain. Always blot. Don’t rub or wipe, as this will make the oil spread and cause the mess to be bigger than it already is.
Step 3. Mix 1 quart of water with an ounce of dish soap. Spray an absorbent cloth of sponge with the solution and blog the area. (No rubbing!)
Step 4. Repeat Step 3, cleaning the cloth or sponge each time. Continue until the oil stain is gone from the carpet.
Other Notes For Removing Oil From Carpet
A few things to note, never use any product that contains bleach. Bleach will take away all of the color from the carpet and cause an much bigger problem than the one you started with.
Also, make sure that your dish soap does not have any oils in it. Many dish soaps will have lanolin in them to keep your hands from drying out. This oily substance will cause a sticky residue on the carpet and hinder the removal of the oil that cause the problem to begin with.
When To Call A Professional
Don’t be afraid to call a professional carpet cleaner to get oil stains out of carpet. They deal with these types of stains all the time and are trained to not damage your carpet.
If the stain is very large or has been tracked over a large area, it is probably too much for you to tackle on your own. A few dollars is a small price to pay for saving hundreds if not thousands on replacing your carpet.