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How To Get Grease Out Of Carpet

Written by: Justin Micheal

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how to get grease out of carpet

Yes, you read that correctly. You can get grease stains and grease solids out of your carpet fibers with just a few household items – no need to call in the professional cleaning service!

If you have pets in the house, you will need to be especially careful about what type of detergent you use when cleaning up spots since some laundry products can harm their health if they ingest them or lick them off their fur.

Get Rid Of Grease Stains With The Baking Soda Method

removing grease from carpets with baking soda

If you have a pet, be sure to use baking soda. Of course, you’ll want to avoid your pet eating or licking anything while cleaning.

This is the safest type of cleaner, and it’s especially effective at removing grease stains from synthetic carpets.

The steps to remove grease stains out of your carpet with baking soda: 

  1. First, sprinkle on about one tablespoon of baking soda all over the area. Make sure that you have enough for every spot. This will soak up any grease and food spills in your carpeting and give it an extra deodorizing boost!
  2. Work the mixture into the affected area with your fingers, sponge, or old toothbrush. Try not to spread it around too much as this can make cleaning more difficult later on.
  3. Give it some time and let it dry. Next, use a shop vac and suck up as much of the baking soda that you can.
  4. Once this is done, use a rag to wipe up the last bits of grease with some warm water which will help break down any remaining residue.

Baking soda is one thing that you should always have on hand to get out those pesky stains!

How To Get Grease Out Of Carpet With Dish Soap

removing grease from carpets with dishwashing detergent

Dish soap can get grease stains out of your carpet since it breaks down the oils in the stain. It also leaves a light fragrance that will help cover up any lingering odors from spills and accidents.

You can also use a few drops of dishwashing detergent full strength without diluting it first, which may work better than most over-the-counter products for this type of stain. Keep in mind that it will require a lot more cleanup afterward.

We recommend adding one part dish soap (about two tablespoons if you have a gallon jug), filling up the rest with hot water from the tap, shaking well before applying to the affected area(s).

spraying dish soap on carpet

The next step is to gently scrub the stained area with an old toothbrush or clean sponge, trying not to make the area larger than when you started.

Finally, you’ll need to rinse the soap from your carpet using a wet/dry vacuum or by repeatedly pouring small amounts of water over the area and blotting it up with a clean towel.

If your carpet is still stained, try diluting dish soap before proceeding with these steps again. Rinse the area and dry thoroughly when finished.

How To Get Grease Out Of Carpet Using Degreaser

removing grease from carpets with degreaser

You do not want to let this type of stain set in for too long before treating it. Otherwise, the time you put into cleaning it will be wasted.

Use a degreaser spray bottle or heavy-duty cleaner designed explicitly for stains like these that are most likely available at any grocery store near the laundry aisle.

I like using Simple Green for this application.

  1. Spray on generously with an even sweep across the surface area of the grease stain until soaked through.
  2. Wait a few minutes and blot up excess liquid using paper towels or rag gently, don’t scrub! Scrubbing will only agitate the stain’s molecules into spreading further over your carpet fibers instead of breaking them down into smaller, more easily removable bits.
  3. Once the liquid is removed (you might need to do this a few times), use another rag or paper towel soaked in warm water and wring out, so it’s still damp but not dripping wet, then blot over the stain from outside into the center of spill again until all traces are gone! Hopefully, this only takes one pass.

Again, be gentle with your carpet to avoid damaging it beyond the stain.

Dry Cleaning Solvent For Grease Stains

Cleaning grease with a dry cleaning solvent will tackle even the toughest stains such as oil stains and grease stains from your carpet. You can purchase this at hardware stores or online if you don’t have a nearby supplier.

  1. Blot the area with your dry towel to remove grease stains as much as possible.
  2. Apply a solvent according to the package directions – make sure you know which type of carpeting material it is safe for! 
  3. Rub stains in circular motions using short, shallow strokes, and then blot thoroughly with a clean cloth or dry paper towel until no more stain remover remains on the carpet.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps for stubborn stains until all the grease is gone.
  5. Use a dry towel to blot up any remaining liquid from the carpet and dispose of it promptly! 
  6. Finally, vacuum well so you can enjoy your clean carpets again!

Alternatively (or additionally), you can purchase a carpet stains cleaner that will help cut through the grease and dirt, leaving your carpets looking new.

How To Get Grease Out Of Carpet Using A Carpet Cleaning Machine

removing grease from carpets cleaning machine

Here are steps to get the grease out of your carpet with a professional-grade machine:

Make sure to follow all directions and safety instructions that come with your machine.

  1. Fill up the tank with enough water until the designated fill point, usually about one quart below the max line 
  2. Pour some cleaning solution into the designated holder
  3. Turn on the machine and allow it to warm up 
  4. Start with the detergent setting, then switch to low speed until all of the soap is gone from your carpet cleaner. Let your carpet soak for about 15 minutes.
  5. Use high-speed mode to dry up the soap and water.
  6. Repeat steps as needed until you are satisfied with the results (usually takes about three cycles)