A lot of homes out there use carpeting, and these carpets made from synthetic fibers and stains are happy to set in because of the kind of material. However, a motor oil stain can be removed only if you remove it ASAP the moment it spills on the carpet. You can use the supplies that you may currently have in the house to remove the oil, so it's advisable to wipe it off the moment it spills open.
In essence, most carpets can accommodate motor oil, so if it happens and not treated promptly and adequately, the stain can become permanent.
With that said, let's quickly analyze the cleaning tips that you can use to erase motor oil from your carpet.
Steps to Remove Motor Oil from your Carpet
Before you start the method, put a paper towel or cloth on the stain, and dab gently. When following the tips, be careful not to rub the oil more in-depth into the carpet fibers. Start the cleaning process from outside of the stain and progress towards the center.
Also, the methods listed below can work for olive oil, baby oil, motor oil, and other types of oil.
Apply Corn Starch or Baking Soda
The first Phase— Cover the stained area with corn starch or baking soda
Take the ingredient and sprinkle the powder graciously and avoid using too much. The reason corn starch and baking soda work well on motor oil is that these ingredients are 'absorbents' that naturally soaks up moisture, especially oil.
They won’t stain or damage carpeting.
•Another advantage of using corn starch or baking soda is that there are cost-effective
•They are also non-toxic and are gotten from organic materials.
• Also, note that corn starch or baking soda will not harm the environment or your health.
Second Phase— rub the corn starch or baking soda into the carpeting
Do not rub too softly or too harshly. Apply enough pressure for the corn starch or baking soda to allow it to get into the carpet's fibers/fabrics.
You can utilize a utility brush for more significant oil stains and an old toothbrush for little stains.
Third Phase—let the corn starch or baking soda stay for some time before you vacuum it all up.
This entails leaving the powder sit for 15 minutes. By now, the corn starch or baking soda would have absorbed the oil, so you can use a vacuum cleaner to take it out of your carpeting.
•Take your time to vacuum thoroughly to remove every iota of powder.
Fourth Phase—squeeze a few drops of liquid washing soap on the affected area
Apply the detergent on the affected area using an old toothbrush or a utility brush effectively. After that, pour a small quantity of warm water over the area and immediately dab out the detergent with a clean sponge or cloth.
•Don't be surprised if the process creates foams. The goal is to continue blotting until you notice no detergent on the carpet. At this time the rug should be dry
•Also, be wary that the more detergent and water you use, the longer the process takes
Fifth Phase—allow the carpet to dry entirely
Once you are done with the cleaning, inspect the fibers one more time for any trace of oil. If you notice any, repeat the same process.
Using Rubbing Alcohol
First Phase—take some rubbing alcohol and apply a small quantity to neat paper towel or cloth
Be wary that rubbing alcohol can be toxic and highly flammable. Anyways, ensure you use rubbing alcohol in a well-ventilated area and wash your hands thoroughly after use. Keep far away from children and pets.
•You can use rubbing alcohol with being cautious
•Another added advantage is that most homes have it in their first aid kit.
Second Phase—pour the rubbing alcohol on the affected area on your carpeting
After rubbing the alcohol thoroughly, allow the carpet to dry completely. However, if you still notice the oil stain, repeat the process with more rubbing alcohol this time.
Since rubbing alcohol is a solvent, it needs to help dissolve the oil and take it apart from carpet fibers.
Third Phase—take out excess rubbing alcohol from the carpeting
After the carpet dries sufficiently and the stain finally removed, rinse the whole area with water adequately and dab the water out with fresh paper towels or cloth. Doing this would clean out any alcohol and reduce the odor.
Also, when trying to deal with the smell of the 'rubbing alcohol,' try to avoid fragrances or air fresheners, else it could worsen the matter.’
Another thing you can do to get rid of the smell is by opening the windows and turning on the fan to improve cross ventilation.
Using the Dry Cleaning Solvent
First Phase— test the dry cleaning solvent before using on the oil stain
The first thing you want to do is apply the dry cleaning solvent to a paper towel or cloth, and apply a small quantity to a hidden area of your carpeting where you can taste the potency.
After several minutes, use a damp cloth and dab out the solvent. Allow the test area to dry but also ensure the solution doesn't leave any stain from the carpeting.
Second Phase—now use the dry cleaning solvent to the stained area
With a pair of paper towels or cloth, apply pressure on the stained area with the solution, and start cleaning from the outer edges to the middle of the stain. Apply enough pressure for the solvent, so it penetrates deep into the carpet fibers.
Third Phase—wait for 5 minutes, then take a paper towel or cloth and dab out the dry cleaning solvent
At this stage, all you have to do is clearly stated from the title. Allow the stain to dry and then use a dehumidifier or fan in the room to speed up the drying process.
Fourth Phase—inspect the dried carpeting for locating any traces of oil stain
If, after you check and find any evidence of oil, well, you'd have to repeat the process as explained above. Also, note that you may need to clean the stain several times before it finally fades off. This is usual with oil stains because the oil could penetrate through the carpet fibers after the first cleaning.
Finally, it would be best if you didn't pour rubbing alcohol onto a stain. Even though rubbing alcohol can be useful, if much is applied on your carpet, you can use too much, it may soak into your carpeting.
Alcohol that reaches the back of your carpeting can destroy down the adhesive bond, whereby damaging your carpet.
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