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How to get rid of grease stains on carpets

Have you stained your favourite carpet with grease and you want to know how to remove it without affecting the fabric? Don’t worry: there’s a non invasive method, effective at the same time, to preserve your carpet’s beauty and integrity.

Follow our advice to proceed, step by step, with the cleaning of your carpet: you will eliminate any type of grease stain, such as oil, butter or wax, with simple and natural treatments, without changing the appearance or the colour of fabrics.

Here’s how to remove grease stains from the carpet:

  • First of all try to remove, as much as possible, the greasy substance from your carpet with the help of a spatula (for example: a toothbrush), a sponge or a non-sharp knife. In this way you’ll be able to make a large part of the stain disappear, especially if it’s a fresh stain and therefore it has not yet entered deep;
  • Cover the stained part with a sheet of absorbing paper, for example kitchen paper, and then pass the hot iron on it, very gently. This operation will allow the paper to absorb a lot of the grease;
  • Dissolve two teaspoons of detergent or baking soda, together with two tablespoons of white vinegar, in a basin with half a liter of warm water. Baking soda is an excellent option because there is less risk of damaging the carpet and it is particularly suitable for oil stains;
  • Pour the obtained mixture directly onto the stain, rubbing with a cloth, and gently rinse with additional hot water. Repeat this step several times if necessary;
  • Dry the moistened area with a hairdryer at a low temperature in order to evaporate the liquid and check that the stain is actually clean.

 

This technique will refurbish your carpet, however please note that synthetic fibre materials may need a deeper cleaning. Synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester, in fact, create a strong cohesion between the fibers and if the stain has already been absorbed it will be more difficult to clean. If this is the case, we recommend that you contact a specialized company, because this home remedy may not be enough.

A valid ally for removing grease stains is also table salt: in this case, however, it is necessary to let it act longer (at least six hours) to allow the grease stain to be absorbed.

Even the denatured alcohol you have at home can be an excellent solution to fight grease stains: just wet a napkin with alcohol and rub it gently on the affected part. Little tip: first do a test on a small portion of the carpet, to avoid unexpected chemical reactions and unpleasant surprises.

Now that you have discovered how to remove grease stains from carpets, you can sigh with relief: sometimes the solution is at hand… right in your home!

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