How To Remove Grease From Carpet
To clean grease from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below. Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary. Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.
(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)
1. Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the stain and let stand for 10 minutes. Vacuum the powder up.
2. Use a dry cleaning solvent. Dry cleaning solvent should never be used on polyester.
3. Mix ½ teaspoon of clear dish washing detergent, 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar, and one cup of warm water, not hot. Use a towel or sponge to blot the liquid onto the stain. Remove with cold water. Blot dry.
Why people install carpet in their kitchens I have no idea. It's rare that I see it, and when I do it never ceases to amaze me. I was called in once to deal with a grease stain in a kitchen. When I arrived the floor was literally covered with grease. It was absolutely disgusting. I told the owner that it couldn't be cleaned, just tear it all out and have a proper hard floor installed. Unbelievable!
As long as your carpet isn't saturated with grease as in the story above, greases stains are something that can often be removed yourself. First gently scrap up as much of the grease as possible using a credit card or other such item. Anything with a dull straight edge will work, a dull butter knife, a putty knife, etc..
Now sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stain. Go grab a cup of coffee and return in 10 minutes to vacuum it up. Hopefully the stain is gone. It's not (insert frowny face here)? Then read on.
Go purchase a dry cleaning solvent. You can find these at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. The method for application is usually the same as it was for the baking soda. Just read the directions on the package get rid of that nasty grease.
So the grease is being stubborn is it? Following step 3 listed above. Mix up your vinegar solution. Smells good doesn't it! Be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous place, behind the couch or something like that. You want to make sure it won't damage your carpet.
Sponge blot the liquid onto the stain. Don't rub it in, just blot. Use plain cold water to remove the vinegar solution. Blot the water dry with a dry sponge or paper towels.
If the grease stain is still there, it's time to call in a professional. Don't feel bad! You gave it a shot, and grease really can be a pain to remove.