Remove Oil Stains From Carpet

Oil is one stain that can remove successfully as long as you get to work on it as soon as it has spilled on the carpet. A few supplies that you may already have around the house are needed to clean engine oil, so get to work as soon as you see the spill happen. You can remove any oil stain from your carpeting by using one of the methods outlined below. Before beginning the process, place a cloth or paper towel on the stain and blot gently. Be careful not to rub the oil more in-depth into the carpet fibres—work from the outside of the stain in towards the centre. The type of oil spilled makes no difference, as these methods work for motor oil, olive oil, baby oil, and all other types of oil. 1987  Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal services, in South Auckland, North Shore, East and West Auckland. These cleaning tips will also work for other petroleum-based products such as Vaseline.

Things Needed to Clean Oil Stains

  • Absorbent white paper towels
  • Cleaning solution:
    • Synthetic Fibers: Rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol
    • Oriental Rugs: 5-6 drops of mild grease-cutting liquid dish soap mixed with 1 quart of water.
    • Wool Fiber: Aerosol brake parts cleaner, then dry cleaning fluid.
  • Clean white cloth.
  • Weight (heavy books, dish, etc.)

*Various types of carpet will require treatment with different types of cleaning solution. At all times, check with the manufacturer’s recommendations before deciding on a clean engine stain solution.

Remember always to do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is usually not visible.

How to Get Oil Stains Out of Carpet DIY

Oil stains can be challenging to get out of carpet because they spread and stick to the fibres. The best way to extract oil is to spread a thick coat of baking soda across the area where the stain can be seen and leave it there until the sides form a dry crust. Then, vacuum up the residue. The stain will hopefully be much lighter, or gone altogether. You may have to repeat this process to get the oil stain completely out of the carpet.

  1. In case oil is puddled, use the plastic spoon to scoop up excess oil and dispose of spoon promptly. If the oil has dried, it may be necessary to use a small hand-vac to pick up residue. Avoid using a full-sized vacuum because you might inadvertently spread the stain.
  2. When trying to remove cooking oil stains, using a paper towel, blot the oil stain. Blot until no more oil appears on the paper towel.
  3. Then, using a sheet or two of paper towel folded into a square. Blot at the oil stain using a lifting motion working from the outside.
  4. Using a washcloth, apply small amounts of rubbing alcohol directly onto the oil stain. Make sure you’re blotting, not wiping, as this can spread the stain out onto other areas of the carpet.
  5. NEVER rub the stain, or you may make it more dangerous.
  6. Make use of paper towels to blot the oil. Apply a lifting motion and blot until no more oil comes off on the paper towel.
  7. Mix one quart of water with one-fourth teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Apply a modest amount of cleaning solution to a washcloth. Make sure the dishwashing liquid is a brand that doesn’t contain lanolin or bleach.
  8. Test out a small area of the carpet to make sure it can endure the cleaning solution without staining or fading.
  9. Apply this water and dishwashing liquid mixture with a sponge directly onto the stain. Blot the affected area of the carpet until the oil stain is no longer visible.
  10. Blot the stain using the washcloth. Just as before, do not rub as this may spread the stain.

Get Oil Stains Out of Carpet DIY 2

  1. Do again the washcloth blotting (rewetting with a cleaning solution if required) until the stain is gone.
  2. If stain remains, apply a small amount of cleaning solution directly and let stand no longer than 5 minutes. Blot using a dry, white paper towel as in step # 2 until the moisture is absorbed and the stain is gone.
  3. Cover stain using clean cloth or stack of paper towels and put a heavyweight on top (heavy books, etc.)
  4. Leave set for many hours to absorb any remaining liquid.
  5. Take away weights and cloths and let the area air dry.
  6. As soon as the spot has dried completely, vacuum thoroughly to restore carpet texture and pick up any remaining cleaning solution residue.
  7. If the stain remains after all the above measures, seek the help of a professional carpet cleaner.

Oil Stain Guide 

  • In case you have an oriental rug, or if your carpet is wool or silk, you have the stain removed professionally. These types of rugs/carpeting are sensitive and may not be colourfast. You should call a carpet specialist that is familiar with the kind of rug/carpet you have. When in uncertainty as to the type of material, your carpet or Oriental rugs made. Try checking the tag, or consult the installer for your carpet.
  • When you clean engine stains, don’t over saturate the area because this may cause the stain to spread. The cleaning washcloth has to be damp, not soaking wet.
  • Refrain from walking on any damp areas of carpets. Ensure that any spots you cleaned are dry before you step on them (wet carpet fibres attract more dirt than dry, and you may end up getting a more prominent stain than you bargained for).
  • For you to extend the life of your carpet and avoid excessive staining, you should vacuum your carpets at least once a week, and deep clean them no less than twice a year.
  • Choose a reputable professional carpet cleaner to deep clean your carpets. If you choose to clean your carpets yourself using rented cleaning machines, Please don’t over-wet the carpet which can cause mould growth and delamination.
  • Use adequate ventilation, using fans to help disperse the odours from the cleaning solution.

Regardless if you have a professional deep clean your carpets or you decide on doing it yourself, always allow the carpets to dry completely before walking on them – say 9 hours

If the oil has soaked into the underlay, it will continue to wick up the carpet fibres until either the underlay flushed out cleaned or replaced. Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal services, provide this service in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland.

How to Clean a Carpet Underlay

Inadvertent spills and pet accidents affect not only the carpet but, in many cases, the underlay that lies below it. Carpets absorb moisture and lock it in, potentially leaving a stain and a musty or mouldy odour behind. You can clean your carpet underlay with workhorse household products and deodorise it for good measure

1. Lift the carpet to expose the carpet underlay underneath. Carpets are usually secured to the floor with carpet staples or nails at the outside corners. Remove the fasteners and reveal the section of carpet underlay you wish to clean.

2. Blot the carpet underlay with clean rags if it is wet or even damp. Your goal is to lift as much of the offending element as possible if there is one present.

3. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 quart of lukewarm water. Spread the mixture liberally over the carpet underlay with a sponge, especially on any areas that may be stained. Let the mixture sit on the carpet underlay pad for 25 minutes.

4. Combine mild dish soap and warm water in a bucket. Rub the solution into the carpet underlay with a sponge and, for stubborn stains, with an old, softened toothbrush.

5. Rinse the underlay with fresh water and a clean sponge. Remove all traces of the soap.

6. Let the carpet underlay dry thoroughly. Direct a fan on the underlay to speed the process, if you like.

7. Sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda on the dry carpet underlay to deodorize it. Wait 15 minutes, then vacuum the underlay. Return your mat to its original secured condition.

Experienced, Researched and written by the Stephens family. Thus, includes Graeme an IICRC master restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of carpet cleaning and stain removal Auckland services experience.

Updated:18th May 2020