Greasy, Oil Based Stain Removal

Greasy, oil based stains, can be minimized if not completely removed without heroic efforts. If your stain is in the following list, follow the instructions listed below to treat it.

Butter
Chocolate
Cooking Oil
Cosmetics
Crayon
Furniture Dye
Furniture Polish (oil-based)
Glue*
Gravy
Grease (black)
Gum*
Hand Cream
Ink
Lipstick

Margarine
Mascara
Mayonnaise
Nail Polish
Oil
Oil Paint
Ointment
Peanut Butter
Rouge
Salad Dressing
Spaghetti
Wax*
Varnish

*Freeze and remove solid materials before using cleaning fluid.

Greasy, Oil-Based Stain Removal Guide

Step 1

  • Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials.
  • For these stains, use a citrus solvent applied directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.

Step 2

  • For large stains, work from the outside of stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Blot up liquid spills with a white towel or paper towel.
  • Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently. Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers.
  • If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  • Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy, color-fast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  • Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  • If stain remains, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3
Do NOT use on coffee, tea or urine stains.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
  • Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to Step 4 to neutralize the ammonia solution.

Step 4

  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step 1.
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