Just like other things, carpets may also get affected by the normal wear and tear of everyday life. It is not possible to put the whole carpet in the washing machine. But don’t worry and take a deep breath, there is a simple solution to a simple problem, unless and until you treat them well in time.
Again if the carpet is an expensive one, then worries turn into tension, and ultimately matter becomes more serious. Still, there are some ways that can make a smile on your face.
Generally, normal dirt and dust are easy to wash out, but anything that is dense and sticky like oil and grease needs some special treatment to get rid of. From garments to mattresses, and obviously our carpets and rugs, oil stains create frustration in mind. Whether your carpet got just a squish of oil or children touched the carpet surface with oily hands, it is just an accident.
Misadventure can happen anytime and anywhere, so your exposed carpets may easily get into an accident like an oil stain. Oil stains are considered permanent marks but it is not true. You can remove these stubborn blemishes by following different approaches.
It doesn’t matter how the carpet gets the stain, but more importantly, how you will deal with it. Remember some stains need quick action and great care, ignoring them for a long time will make you upset. It will be really hard to remove such aged stains from the carpet surface.
How to Get Old Oil Stains Out of Carpet
Add one tablespoon of dish-washing fluid to one cup of water. Don’t use bleach or lanolin, these chemicals may cause some serious damage to your carpet. Dip a soft sponge into the solution, wring it and then apply on the spotted area. Blot the affected place of the carpet until the oil stain is no longer exists.
However, we suggest you some useful methods to apply for the same problem.
Baking Soda OR Cornstarch to Clean Black Oil Stain from Carpet
Things to be required
- Mild liquid detergent
- Baking soda or corn starch
- Towel or cloth
- Soft Bristle brush
- White vinegar
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Vacuum cleaner
Don’t rub the stain with anything, it not only make the stain larger but also pushes the oil deeper into the carpet base.
Steps for Removing Oil from Carpet at Home
- Dry the oil as much as possible by sprinkling some baking soda or corn starch on the affected area. You can also use talcum powder.
- Take a soft bristle brush and gently use it on the surface so that powder goes into the carpet. Let the powder for 15 minutes properly sit at the bottom of the carpet.
- Now vacuum it to suck the powder that has already absorbed the stain.
- Blotting of the stain with a dry cleaning solvent. For this purpose, you can use either towel or a white clean cloth. Do it until oil completely finishes from the carpet surface. If cleaning solvent is not available, you can use the mild detergent liquid. Just add 1 tablespoon of this liquid to two cups of warm water. Now add one tablespoon ammonia.
- Dip the sponge into the solution, wring it, and gently rub it on the surface.
- Blot the surface with a towel or cloth.
- Finally rinse the spotted area with normal water to wash out all soapy residue, which attracts more dirt if leave damp.
- Repeat the procedure if you see any visible spot.
- Let the surface air dry.
The second option, you can apply is alcohol. It simply works like a solvent.
- Press the alcohol with a sponge to sit on the carpet and absorb the oil.
- Leave it for some time, then dry it with a fan or air.
- Finally wash it with water.
- Again dry the surface completely.
We don’t recommend you to use harsh chemicals, as they may worsen the situation by fainting the color of the carpet or causing any damage.
Caution: After cleaning, don’t leave the carpet wet, it increases the chance of fungus and mildew growth.
Note: The same procedure can be applied for upholstery and fabricated furniture.
Carpet Cleaning Shampooing Machines
These are specially designed for deep carpet cleaning. They can do all sorts of cleaning, whether it is dirt cleaning or the removal of any spot. The dirt lifter power brush rotates at 360 degrees and pulls out embedded dirt and grime from the base of the carpet. With an included deep clean and anti-bacterial formula, you get an amazing triple action of cleaning, sanitization, and deodorization.
Usage is quite simple, just fill the water tank and roll on the machine. It simultaneously performs washing, scrubbing, and drying. Finally, you get a whole new look at your old dirty carpet with no dirty spots on the surface.
It will take 1 hour to dry the carpet/rug. You can dry it faster by selecting an express cleaning mode. It gets the carpet ready in 30 minutes.
Using a Steam Cleaner
If you don’t have enough time to follow lengthy cleaning procedures or to gather various products to just clean one spot, you should buy a steam cleaner. Moreover, if you are an allergen or have a sensitivity to chemicals, then no other better option than this one. Steam cleaning is safe both for humans and pets. It is also good for the environment. It is one of the best ways to clean and sanitize any surface. For spot removal, it also works great by doing a deep cleaning.
Before using a steam cleaner, keep in mind that it is an electric appliance, must-read instructions about how to use it properly. If you are going to clean the spot from the carpet, you should know the following tips and techniques.
- Select a good steam cleaner that can emit pressurized steam at a temperature of at least 212 degrees. This is the recommended temperature to kill germs, dust mites, and bed bugs.
- Apply the steam in the right manner.
- A steam cleaner with quick heat-up time is preferable because oil stain needs quick action.
By ignoring these useful tips, it will be hard to accomplish your cleaning task. Remember that removing oil from carpet is not as easier as other cleanings, it needs special treatment and care to save your carpet from expected damage.
Steps to be taken:
- Pour water into the steam cleaner
- Plug in the switch, wait till the device gets ready.
- Once the green light turn on or a red light goes off, you will all set to go on.
- Next is the steamer job that blows out all the dirt and grime. Not only this, it effectively blasts out the stubborn stains like wine, pet urine, feces, paint, blood, or an oil.