Motor Oil Stain Removal from Carpets
What you will need:
- Dry cleaning solvent
- White Vinegar
- Cold water
- Plastic spoon
- Cornstarch, baby powder, or baking soda
- White Paper towel
Many of the steps for motor oil stain removal from carpets are very similar to the steps for removing motor oil from clothing. Remember treating a stain early can mean an easier time removing the stain.
- Begin, the motor oil stain removal process by using the plastic spoon to scrape off the excess motor oil from the carpet.
- Next, you will sprinkle the stained area with baking soda, cornstarch, or baby powder.
- Allow the baking soda, cornstarch, or baby powder to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. After this time vacuum up the area.
- Next, use the clean white paper towel to sponge the motor oil stain with the dry cleaning solvent. Make sure you do not rub the area, as this will allow the motor oil to further penetrate the carpet. You should continue to blot the area until the solvent has been absorbed.
- Inspect the area. If the stain is still on the carpet you can mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (dawn works best for motor oil stains), 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. You will use a clean white paper towel/cloth to again blot the stained area. You should dab the area until the solution has been absorbed. Tip: vinegar is a bleaching agent. Ensure it is safe to use on your carpet by first testing the solution in a small hidden area.
- Sponge the stained area with cold water, to clean the area of the vinegar solution. Immediately blot dry.
- Inspect the stained area of the carpet to ensure the motor oil stain has been removed. If the stain remains you should continue to repeated the steps until the motor oil stain has been completely removed.