Removing Oily Stains from Rugs
What materials you will need to remove oily stains from rugs:
- Liquid dish soap (preferably Dawn)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towel/clean rag
Cleaning an oily stain from a rug can be a nightmare without the right tips and information. It is very important to pay close attention to details when removing oily stains from clothing and rugs to ensure you do not damage the materials being cleaned.
- To begin the process of removing oily stains from clothing and rugs is very similar. You will need to blot the oily substance with a paper towel to ensure that all of the oil has been removed and you are ready to begin the cleaning process.
- Once the oily substance has been removed you can choose which method you would like to use. If you have a white or lighter colored rug you can use rubbing alcohol to remove the stain. This method is NOT recommended for rugs or carpets that are brighter or darker in color as the rubbing alcohol can damage the color.
- If you are choosing to use the rubbing alcohol you will need to place a small amount right on the stain. Do not allow the rubbing alcohol to sit for too long. You should begin to blot the stain right away. It is important to remember to blot the stain and not rub or wipe it because you can cause the oily substance to spread.
- If the stain is removed flush the area with cool water and allow to air dry. You can then vacuum the rug to ensure that the oily stain has been removed. If the stain has not been removed you can then follow the next steps.
If you were not successful at removing oily stains from clothing or rugs or your rug is a bright or dark colored you can use a solution of dish detergent and water to help remove the stain. To make the solution you will mix 1/4 TSP of liquid dish soap to 1 quart of water. You will then take the clean rag and completely douse it with the solution. Next, you will dab the stain with the rag and the solution. Try not to wipe the stain as this could spread the oily substance throughout the rug. Allow the rug to air dry and then vacuum the area to ensure that the rug takes its original shape and texture.