How Do You Successfully Get A Grease Stain Out Of Carpeting?

Posted on: 16 December 2021


Grease stains can be very difficult to remove from a carpet since the grease works its way into the carpet fibers and is tough to get out with soap and water. In order to successfully remove a grease stain from your carpet, you'll need to use corn starch and rubbing alcohol to pick up as much of the grease as possible and then dissolve the remaining grease stuck to the carpet fibers. To learn how you can successfully remove a grease stain from a carpet, read on.

Soak Up the Grease With Corn Starch

Before trying to clean the grease stain on your carpet, it's a good idea to remove as much of the grease as possible using corn starch. Sprinkle corn starch onto the grease stain and wait a few hours while it absorbs the grease. The corn starch will turn into a paste that can be vacuumed up easily using a hand vacuum. There will still be some corn starch residue left on your carpet after vacuuming most of it up, but you'll be able to remove it easily during the next step.

Use Rubbing Alcohol to Dissolve the Grease, Then Blot It Up With a Paper Towel

In order to dissolve the grease so that you can pick it up from the carpet fibers, you'll need to use rubbing alcohol. Dip an old toothbrush in rubbing alcohol and scrub the grease stain, working from the outside of the stain towards the center — this makes the stain less likely to spread. The toothbrush can get into the nooks and crannies of the carpet fibers, making sure that all of the grease is exposed to the rubbing alcohol.

Once you've scrubbed the grease stain, blot the stain with a paper towel by pressing it deeply into the carpet padding. This will pick up the rubbing alcohol, dissolved grease, and corn starch, removing the stain. Wait for the rubbing alcohol to air dry, and then inspect the stain; if there's any grease or corn starch left on the carpet, simply apply more rubbing alcohol to the stain and blot it with a paper towel again. Make sure you don't use too much rubbing alcohol on the grease stain. Rubbing alcohol contains a small amount of water, and the isopropyl alcohol in rubbing alcohol evaporates more quickly than water. Using too much rubbing alcohol can saturate your carpet padding with water, which can cause damage to your carpet or lead to mold growth. You don't have to use very much rubbing alcohol to dissolve the grease — scrubbing it with a toothbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol is enough.

Reach out to carpet cleaning professionals for more help with stains.