The first thing when dealing with grease stains is to not panic and remember that such stains are not as hard to remove as you might imagine. Identifying the type of grease, whether it would be motor grease, food grease or other types, is the first step. If you cannot identify the type of grease that has been impacted into the yarn of your carpet, you will need to use a wider range of detergents and degreasers.
What you will need
In order to deal with any type of grease and heavy impacting you’ll need the following:
- several clean fiber cloths
- denatured alcohol or ethanol
- degreasing detergent or a dishwashing soap detergent
- some patience
It’s important to use a fibrous towel which can soak up a lot of liquid as this is your main method of extraction and application. It’s recommended that you use either a synthetic one or a cotton one. As a natural counterpart, cotton can absorb a lot of moisture and would be a worthy choice.
How You Should Clean
You might have to get down on your hands and knees for this one, as it does require some close attention and a good amount of elbow grease. How you clean and what you use depends entirely on the type of grease stain you have.
Remember!: Water soluble and water based stains should be initially treated with water based detergents whereas grease and oil base stains, should be treated with a neutralizing soluble.
In case of motor oil:
- Get denatured alcohol
- Apply it on a rag or towel
- Press it on the spot
- Start plotting
- Blot from the edges in and gently apply pressure to avoid damage and keep the uniformity of the carpet.
- Flip the towel or rag over and check if the stain is transferring onto the towel – use the opposite side without applying any more of the cleaning solution. It also allows you to check and see if the dyes in the carpet are bleeding out onto the rag. This is why you always check to see if the cleaning agents you have are safe in a spot no one can see in case something goes wrong.
- Use the dishwashing, degreasing soap, once the stain no longer transfers onto the rag – mix ½ liter of water with a cap full of the soap detergent to prevent over saturation.
- get a clean towel to apply the mixture onto the stain, while blotting out from the outer edges in – you may rinse the area of the carpet you’ve just cleaned, however you don’t have to.
- Remove any leftovers with cold water.
- Leave the spot to dry – it should be fully dried within an hour at most.
DO NOT rub or use circular motions on carpets with long bristles, it will tangle and bind the yarn of the carpet. Rubbing causes friction which takes the strength out of your carpet’s fibers and yarn. Rubbing will do the job and clean the spot, however, it will damage the fibers.
If this seems like too much of a hassle, you don’t have the time or can’t be bothered, there is always the option of professional help. There are good teams of specialists out there, with reasonable prices and a friendly attitude with surprisingly flexible working hours you can use to your advantage.