Cleaning carpets could give owners a headache, especially when they do not have the time to properly take care of this delicate home décor. The worst part is, if not cleaned regularly, soil and liquid spills can accumulate, making it a lot harder to clean. But did you know that there are things at home which can be used as remedy to remove spills?
Below, we list down some of methods you can use to remove any types of oil spills: motor oil, baby oil, olive oil, etc.
Step 1: Use baking soda or cornstarch.
This process is ideal for fresh oil stains. Baking soda and cornstarch are good absorbents and will easily soak up any moisture, including oil.
Sprinkle a generous amount of either of the two on the spillage. Rub it into the carpet. Make sure to do it not too lightly nor too harshly. For small stains, use a utility brush or an old toothbrush to make sure that the materials will be able to penetrate into the small fibers. Let the material set before vacuuming it up to remove the powder.
Baking soda and cornstarch won’t damage nor stain your carpet, so they are safe to use. Aside from this, these two are very cheap and are available in any supermarket. They are non-toxic and are made of organic materials and will not harm you.
Step 2: Applying grease-fighting dish detergent.
Dish detergents are good in cleaning off grease because they are especially made to get rid of oil stains on your dishes and cook wares. This material will surely be useful in cleaning oil stains from carpets as well.
When the baking soda or cornstarch has been vacuumed, put a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent on the area where the stain is. Spread it out and form a thin layer of the liquid detergent on your carpet. Use your fingers to make sure that it reaches the smallest fibers. Scrub it with an old toothbrush or a utility brush to make sure that the smaller fibers are well cleaned too.
Step 3: Remove the soap.
This will probably take a lot of time as dish soap suds when in contact with water. Pour a small amount of water on the area. Immediately blot it up with a clean cloth or a sponge. Repeat the blotting process until the soap is completely removed. Once completely rinsed, absorb the excess water by placing a towel over the area and pressing it down very firmly. Allow it to dry.
Important to Note for Removing Old Oil Stains
When the oil was spilled and it wasn’t cleaned right away, freshen it so cleaning it would be less hassle. Apply a drop or two of cooking oil onto the stain and let it sit for an hour and proceed to Step 2 above.
Written by Eric Sappington, owner of Sappington’s Carpet Care, the leading company for carpet cleaning in Columbia, MO.