Whether you have oil stains on your driveway or garage floor, or spots
on your carpet, car, or clothing – to remove them you need a cleaner
which can penetrate and dissolve the oil. Oil is one of the most
difficult-to-remove stains, owing to its chemical makeup.
Spilling oil on the hard kitchen floor is frustrating enough, but when it soaks into the carpet fibers, it's a whole new challenge to pull it out. Fortunately, oil is not permanent and can be removed. Speed is your best guarantee of success. Nine out of ten spots will vanish if they are treated immediately.
When attempting to remove stains always ensure that the carpet, fabric
or bedding is dry before proceeding to the next step in the treatment.
Because oil stains are so common, (there's cooking oil, motor oil,
lubricants, machine oil, baby oil, and all kinds of other oily
substances) people have developed many different methods to try to
remove these difficult stains
Oil stains can be difficult to
remove from carpeting, especially if they have set into the fibers. You
should be able to remove an oil stain from your carpeting by tailoring
your stain removal method to the size of the spill.
removing oil stains and spots on carpeting, don't rub or scrub. This
will push the oil deeper in to the fibers. Instead, always be careful to
"blot" - gently.
How to Do the Proper Removal
on removing the stain as soon as you notice it. The longer the stain is
left on the carpet the greater the chances are of the stain setting.
every case remove all excess wet or dry material before attempting to
clean. Blot wet materials using a white terry towel (check helpful hints
for a detailed description of blotting). Vacuum excess dry materials or
gently scrape up materials with a spoon.
Apply a small amount
of dry cleaning solvent to the white terry towel and blot the stain.
Continue until no further transfer of material to the towel is apparent.
If the stain remains proceed to the next step.
Mix 1/2 tsp. of dish washing soap or fine fabric detergent into 1 (8 oz.)cup of warm water.
a small amount, blot or tamp and repeat until the stain is removed. Be
patient. Complete removal may require repeating the same step several
times. Tamp down on the carpet, do not scrub as this may distort the
texture of the pile.
Cover the stain with the towel and press down repeatedly to absorb the stain material and detergent.
the stain is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot
with a dry white terry towel until all moisture is removed. Repeat this
process several times to remove cleaning solution residue. (Residue can
If the spot or stain turns brownish when dry,
mix 1 part white vinegar and two parts water. Apply a small amount and
blot. Repeat only once.
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