How to get cooking oil out of your carpet

If you've landed on our page you either love our blogs... you're welcome... or you have spilt cooking oil on your carpet and want to know what to do to reduce the damage it could make on your carpet. 

With the help of our amazing Pierre I will cover what you can do to reduce making the damage worse and i will add a short video of the main man explaining it to you too! Each section is headed in bold so you can choose which sections you want to read. If you're here to read the whole blog, I hope you find it as enjoyable as i did researching and writing it. 



How to reduce the damage cooking oil can make on your caret:

It’s all in the speed:

The best way to reduce having to replace your carpet is to make sure you clean up as soon as it has happened. Speed of removal makes a difference in how much you will be able to remove. The main tip is to avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area. Blotting as much of the oil up is essential, hence the urgency in speed to remove the stain. Use a cloth or paper towel and absorb as much of the stain that you can. 

Home remedies I found with powder based solutions to remove cooking oil from your carpet:

I’m not sure of how well this will work but if you really want to try to do it yourself proceed with caution. 

Once you have blotted as much of the oil as you can with a cloth or paper towel sprinkle one of the following:

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Baby powder/talcum powder

Depending on the size of the stain you will want to work the powder of choice into the stain gently. Leave down for a few hours so that they can absorb more of the oil up and then hoover it up.  

If the stain is in a large area I highly recommend getting your friendly local carpet cleaners in as they know what they are doing and have to right equipment and solution’s to use.  

Home remedies I found with solvent based solutions to cooking remove oil from your carpet:

An optin i also found was to use rubbing alcohol. This can also damage your carpet depending on the type of carpet, stain or type of alcohol used! (Little tip, if you didn’t know,  solvents break down oils.)

Like the powder, after blotting as much up as you can, gently rub with a toothbrush into the stain and leave to set. Once dry rinse with water. blot dry after and use a fan or heater to dry area thoroughly. 

Why a professional is best to remove cooking oil from your carpet:

Carpets aren’t cheap to replace and if your carpet is still fairly new the last thing you want to do is damage it so you have no choice but to repair it. 

Oil stains need special treatment. The oil needs to be broken down and then removed. A professional will have the right substances to break the oil down and make it easier to remove. They also have top of the range equipment with the power to help remove the stains. 

A short video explaining how much damage can be done and why:

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Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing

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