All summer long family and friends come together for BBQs, laughter, and fun times. With the increasing servings of fried food, grease stains and spots are likely to befall your carpets. Food grease stains can be tricky to remove from the surface of carpets but acting fast can prevent stubborn stains from occurring. Today, we at Green Co Carpet Cleaning outline a method for how you can remove the food grease stains from off of your carpet.
DIY Natural Stain Removers
Procure the following paraphernalia: (use the appropriate remedy for your type of carpet):
– Cleaning Solution: In a squirt bottle, prepare the following solutions accordingly.
• Synthetic – Starting with 4 cups cold water, add 1 tbsp ammonia, and ¼ tsp of mild liquid dish soap.
• Oriental – Blend together 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts cold water.
• Wool – Invest in a dry-cleaning solvent for carpets; be sure to follow the instructions printed on the label.
– Weights or heavy objects.
– Paper towels and/or rags that are plain white.
– White towel.
– A squirt bottle with cold water only.
Note: Always perform a patch test to an inconspicuous area of the carpet with your preferred commercial product or DIY remedy to ensure the carpets integrity or color is not compromised.
How to Remove Grease Stains Out of Carpet
1) Before treating, be sure to never approach the grease with rubbing and scrubbing techniques in mind, only blot working the outer perimeter towards the center to ensure the grease does not spread out or gets smashed deeper in the fiber. Use your paper towels or rags to blot the excess grease.
2) Modestly apply the cleaner on the solution and leave it for 5 minutes; do not over saturate the area.
3) To treat the stain, have a few paper towels or rags close by as you will need a new one once the one in use becomes enveloped with grease and cleaning solution. Repeat application and blotting techniques until the grease is fully removed.
4) Leaving the solution’s residues on the carpet will likely attract dirt and dust, making brown spots so be sure to rinse the area by spraying plain water on the surface. Use a dry cloth to dab out the remaining moisture.
5) Dry the area thoroughly after you have removed the excess moisture by placing a towel on the top with added weights to absorb the deep moisture below the surface. Let the towel and weights set overnight or for several hours.
6) Once completely dry, use your vacuum to return the fibers to their original shape.
1) Using hot water will set the grease into the carpets, always use cold water.
2) Do not use ammonia on wool carpeting. Never use bleach on any kind of carpeting as it will cause permanent lighting. Refrain from substituting with laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent as both will cause the carpet to be damaged.
3) Rubbing alcohol, lighter fluid, mineral spirits, or paint thinner can also treat food grease on synthetic carpets. Dab small amounts on a cotton ball to dab out the grease but use with extreme caution and at your own risk because these are flammable chemicals.