Oil stains are among the most difficult types of stains that you may have on your carpet. Oil is not soluble in water and thus can make cleaning it off of your carpet a little more challenging. Since the carpet cannot be removed easily from your floor, it becomes even more difficult since you simply can’t send it to the cleaners to have the stain removed. Nobody wants to have a visible and ugly oil stain on their carpet so removing it should be a top priority for any carpet owner.
Dealing with this type of problem can be tough but here are some tips which can really make a difference in making this task a lot more manageable. Here’s what you’ll need to do to remove the oil stains on your carpet.
1. Clean up the oil spill on your carpet right away. Don’t wait until the oil spill sets on your carpet as this can make the stain more problematic to remove. As soon as you spill the oil on your carpet, immediately get some paper towels and blot the spill. This will help in removing the excess oil from the carpet so you’ll be able to clear the area and focus more on the remaining stain.
2. Pour some isoprophyl rubbing alcohol on a piece of clean cloth or some paper towels and start blotting the stain. The alcohol will help in breaking down the oil and blotting will transfer it onto the cloth’s surface. Make sure that you don’t wipe the oil spill or stain as this will only spread it and make it worse.
3. After removing some of the oil stain using the previous step, it’s now time to use a stronger cleaning solution. Mix a teaspoon of non-bleach dishwashing liquid with a quart of water and apply some of this cleaning solution onto the stain. Let it soak for about three to five minutes and then resume in blotting. After several tries you will be able to totally remove the oil stain on your carpet.
4. For the final step of the process, grab a bucket of clean water and apply some onto the area where the spill was. This will help in rinsing the excess cleaning solution to make sure that no residue is left behind. Then, use some clean rags to dry everything up.
Oil stains can be very problematic for any carpet owner but by following the advice above you will be able to clean up these kinds of problems in a jiffy. Use the guide above to help you clean up your carpet if ever you are faced with an oil stain in the future.