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How To Remove Motor Oil And Grease From Carpet


Spilled Motor Oil


To clean motor oil and 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.)

Synthetic Carpet

1.  Use a dry cleaning solvent such as Carbona or Energine. Dry cleaning solvent should never be used on polyester.

2.  Use a detergent solution by mixing one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with one cup of warm water.  Make sure the water is not hot.


I used to have a real problem with getting motor oil all over our nice formal plush carpet.  No matter how hard I tried, it seemed like I just couldn't stop myself from getting oil all over our nice new carpet.  Last year I had to replace our carpet three times because of the oily stains in our carpet!

Luckily I finally had a carpet expert over who gave me some valuable advice on how to keep motor oil from spilling onto my carpet.  He said to stop putting carpet on the garage floor!  A radical but brilliant idea!  He suggested that instead of carpeting my garage, I instead apply a substance there called "concrete".  Since I've installed this "concrete" in my garage I haven't had to deal with motor oil on my carpet even one time!  It's a miracle from heaven!