Probably the most difficult stains to remove are oil-based, and that difficulty is due to the tendency of oil and grease to adhere firmly to surfaces, requiring a bit more effort to be removed than other stains. Fortunately, it is not impossible to eliminate oil-based stains, and with the right cleaning method and some patience they can be lifted from the carpet quite successfully.
- Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch or baby powder over the stained area. Make sure that you have covered the entire stain.
- Leave the baking soda on the stain overnight to absorb as much of the oil as possible.
- Remove the baby powder, baking soda or cornstarch by vacuuming the carpet thoroughly in the morning.
- Mix warm water with a grease-cutting dish soap, and rub the mixture into the stained area with a clean cloth or sponge. Be careful not to over wet the area, as the moisture may damage the carpet padding, according to carpet cleaning Parsons Green.
- Leave the soapy water to sit on the carpet for 10 minutes, then rinse it out with a clean sponge dampened in plain water.
- Once you have removed all residual suds, let the area to dry completely before walking on it. Turning on a fan against the wet area will help it dry more quickly.
- Vacuum the carpet to fluff its pile.
Harsh chemicals may damage the carpet, so consider consulting professionals, such as carpet cleaning Parsons Green, before using such products to prevent damaging your carpet while removing oil-based stains.