The Spotlight: Cleaning Up Cooking Oil
Spilling cooking oil on your carpet isn’t a great feeling (there again, spilling anything on a carpet doesn’t feel great, unless it’s a bag of diamonds that tore open under its own weight).
Unlike diamonds, cooking oil spots are tricky to remove and particularly annoying as they act like a magnet for dirt; but don’t worry! Here’s how you can save your carpets.
Dish Soap (Anti-Grease)
Let’s Get Cleaning
– Step 1 –
When you first spill the oil, act fast and blot up as much of it as you can with paper towels. Don’t scrub at the oil, just blot until there’s no more transfer.
– Step 2 –
Cover the spot with cornstarch and work it into the carpet – don’t be afraid to use a lot of the cornstarch. The goal is to let it absorb as much oil as possible, so the more the better.
– Step 3 –
Let the cornstarch sit for one hour and vacuum it up, then repeat the entire cornstarch process.
– Step 4 –
In order to break up the oil remaining in the carpet, we’re going to use a cleaning solution. Mix the dish soap and white vinegar at a 1:1 ratio and begin applying this to spot.* You’ll work from the outside edge toward the center, applying the product and working it into the carpet with your fingers or the toothbrush.
– Step 5 –
Now you’ll need to get the soap and broken-up oil out of the carpet. Spritz the area with water until it’s damp and blot dry with a towel. Unfortunately, you’ll now have to repeat this process multiple times, only stopping once there’s no more soap residue in the carpet (if you leave soap there, it can easily capture dirt).
– Step 6 –
Once you’ve finished removing the soap, your carpet will be pretty damp. Try to blot up as much moisture as you can and then set a fan on the spot to help it dry.
So the slick spot should be gone and your carpet should look a lot better. Now, if you had a particularly bad oil spill – like an entire bottle of olive oil – then it’s time to call Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning.
Our oxygen-powered cleanings can break up the oil in your carpets, pulling it up and out and leaving your floors feeling fresh again. It’s not just oil either; our spot removal experts can get rid of anything from red wine to wax to rust!
Once again, thanks to the team at HowToCleanStuff.net for the great information.
*Before you start using a cleaning solution, always test it on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. You’ll also want to be very careful if you have a carpet made of natural fibers. Apply the solution to the carpet, wait 30-60 seconds, and then blot with a clean towel to make sure there’s no color-loss or damage. Spritz the area with water and blot dry.