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How to Get Grease Out of Carpet

How to Get Grease Out of Carpet

It is tough to address any kind of stain on the carpet. When the spot happens to be grease stain, you will need an effective method to solve the issue.

It is easy to remove the fresh grime from the rug. But, within 24 hours, grease becomes permanent and forms a strong bond with the fibers which is difficult to break.

Synthetic fibers are comparatively easy to clean with household and spot treatment products. If you are dealing with natural fiber carpets, you have to be extra careful. If it is a small spot you can use household solutions. In case the stain is deep, it is better to call professionals.


  • Do a patch test to ensure the carpet will not get damaged.
  • Avoid applying ammonia on wool carpet.
  • Only use bleach if the carpet is white-colored. Stay away from harsh cleaning agents on sensitive fibers.
  • Be careful with highly flammable cleaners like alcohol, thinner, and lighter fluid.
  • Don’t use hot water to remove stains, use warm or cool water.

How to Get Grease Out of Synthetic Fiber Carpet

Synthetic fibers are machine-made carpets. These rugs are made of materials that are not found in nature. The most common ones found in the market are nylon, polyester, and olefin.

Synthetic fibers are easy to maintain in comparison to natural fibers. You can remove stains from these fibers with the help of household products. 

Vinegar Degreaser

Vinegar is a natural cleaner that is highly acidic. It can break down stubborn grease from any surface. It has the ability to disinfect the damaged area in the process. 

For this method, you will need:

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Warm water
  • sponge
  • water 
  • spray bottle(optional)
  1. Scrape away as much as grease from the carpet with a blunt tool.
  2. Make a mixture of one tablespoon of vinegar and two cups of warm water.
  3. You can put the solution into the spray bottle if available.
  4. Apply a few drops of white vinegar onto the greasy area.
  5. Blot the area with a clean wet sponge.
  6. Repeat the process until the stain goes away.

Dish Soap And Vinegar Mixture

The solution of mild dish soap and white vinegar is safe on fabrics leaving no damage behind. Dish soap is a cleaning agent which you can access in your kitchen. You will need the following supplies:

  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar 
  • clean cloth
  • Blunt tool
  • Warm water
  • Spray bottle(optional)
  1. Use a blunt tool to scrape off the dried grease.
  2. Make a solution of one tablespoon of dish soap and white vinegar, and two warm-water cups. 
  3. Put the solution in a bowl or a spray bottle.
  4. Spray the mixture onto the area.
  5. Dab the area with a clean towel.
  6. Clean the access soap from the carpet with a clean cloth.

Using Baking Soda

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is a non-toxic grease stain remover. It has the ability to absorb oil and grease without damaging the carpet fibers. 

You will require:

  • Baking soda
  • A sponge
  • A soft-bristled brush
  • A blunt knife
  • Vacuum cleaner
  1. Lift the grease solids with a blunt tool.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda covering the area.
  3. With the help of a soft-bristled brush, gently rub the carpet.
  4. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  5. Vacuum the baking soda residue.
  6. Dip the sponge in clean water and dab the area to dry.
  7. Leave the area to air dry.

Corn Starch 

Just like baking soda, corn start is also an absorbent. It will absorb the oil which is absorbed deep in the fiber.

  1. Sprinkle corn starch onto the greasy spot.
  2. Dab the sponge in a circular motion.
  3. Let the area sit for a few minutes.
  4. Vacuum the corn starch area to clean the carpet.
  5. Using a clean wet sponge, clean the rug.
  6. let the area completely air dry.

Shaving Cream

You can use shaving cream as a potential stain removing option.

  1. spray the shaving cream onto the stained part of the carpet.
  2. Use a soft-bristled brush or old toothbrush and gently massage the affected area.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes
  4. Using a wet cloth, remove the shaving cream.
  5. Repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Alcohol has the ability to break down grease in the carpet fiber. It can be not applicable in the case of natural fiber, however. Allowing the alcohol to seep deeply into the carpet can break down carpet fibers. The carpet can also lose its adhesive pulling it away from the surface.

For this technique :

  1. Apply a small amount of alcohol to a clean cloth.
  2. Dab the cloth into the stain.
  3. Blot the area 
  4. After blotting, use a damp rag to remove the residue.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide

The peroxide solution is good to use if your carpet is light-colored. It is best for vanishing stubborn greasy stains. Use 3 percentage of hydrogen peroxide and some liquid soap and half a cup of water.

  1. Apply the solution to the damaged area.
  2. Use a clean damp rag to blot its way to the center.
  3. Avoid using rubbing motion, it can affect another area of the carpet.
  4. Using cold water dap the area.
  5. Let it air dry.

Applying Ammonia

Ammonia is a good way to remove stains in synthetic fibers. Not only removing grease, but it will also make the carpet smell good too. You can ammonia in grocery stores where liquid household cleaners are stacked. It is cheap and will get you good results. But avoid using it in natural fiber carpets like wool.

  1. Make a solution of one part of ammonia and four parts of water.
  2. Put the solution in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the solution and let it soak the stain for a few minutes.
  4. Blot the stained area with a clean cloth.
  5. Let the area air dry completely

Getting grease stains out of natural fiber carpet

Natural fibers are man-made carpets. Some of the popular natural fiber rugs are wool, jute and 

They are very sensitive to stains. You have to be extra careful while walking around in the house with natural fiber rugs. They are relatively more expensive than synthetic fibers. You can use a cleaning solvent to remove grime from this sensitive fiber carpet.

Using Cleaning Solvent

As natural fibers have materials that dirt and grease can settle into. It is very necessary to be cautious as using harsh cleaning products can damage the carpet. If the stain is fresh, you can immediately blot using a clean dry towel. Avoid rubbing harshly, it can spread the grease and seep too deep into fibers. 

There are cleaning solvents especially made to clean natural fiber rugs. You can purchase it at any nearby marts. Commercial rug spot cleaners are best known for their gentle cleaning feature. So, you don’t have to worry about ruining your rug.

Apply Soapy Water

Soap and water is also natural and non-toxic cleaning agent. Use mild dish soap and water for greasy oil soil which is fresh. 

  1. Scrape as much as grease using a scraper.
  2. Blot the area with a clean tissue or cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of soap and water into the stained area.
  4. Clean the area with a damp rag
  5. Let the area completely air dry.

Calling a Professional Carpet Cleaner

If any of the above methods are not effective. You can call a professional cleaner to inspect the stain. They will have the perfect cleaning technique according to your rug type. Experts also have ideas to permanently remove wine, paint and slime from the carpet.

With the help of methods like hot water extraction, bonnet cleaning, carpet shampooing, and encapsulation. It is easy to extract contamination and grimes out of the carpet.

Delicate materials require special attention, any wrong step can lead the carpet to get damaged. Professional carpet cleaners have the idea to revive the natural fibers. 

You should consider calling experts when:

  • You don’t have any idea about cleaning the delicate rugs.
  • The stain has entered too deep into the fibers. 
  • The color of the carpet has changed.
  • The odor of the rug is quite strong. Using the steam powdered extraction technique, experts help the carpet to revive.
  • You don’t have the right tools and equipment to clean the carpet.
  • You don’t have time to clean it yourself.