Grease stains are unpleasant wherever they occur. We often have to deal with traces of food on our couch, on other upholstery, or even on the carpet. It unfortunately happens – you spill out some food while walking, or the kids are eating on the carpets watching TV, or on any other occasions. Whatever the reason, it’s never a good thing, and if the stain is not treated right away and properly, it might be really hard to remove. That’s why there is even a difference in treating old or new stains that were caused by grease. We talked to our professional cleaners and asked them for some DIY remedies and solutions to how to clean the carpets the proper way and remove any stains left from food. Let’s see what you can do in your home to get rid of odours and stains caused by grease!
Removing old grease stains from the carpe
Trying to get rid of old grease stains from carpets is harder than usual and can be really challenging. If it’s not something you can deal with, we truly recommend turning to a professional carpet cleaning company because the high-tech equipment and the knowledge of the cleaners, will successfully remove any stains from the carpets, smoothly and a lot faster.
Usually, when a stain is left to dry out and is not treated right away, the grease has time to bind with the fibres and soaks deeper into the carpet. Depending on what the carpet is made of these stains can be very difficult to remove even with the strongest cleaning products on the market. Also, trying to remove an old grease stain usually includes a lot of rubbing on the affected area, which also damages the carpet, meaning that even if you remove the stain, it’s possible that you will have weakened the fibres and damaged the carpet, shortening the carpet’s lifespan.
However, you can still try to remove an old greasy stain on your own. Use a strong detergent that is especially for grease removal from carpets, but make sure to check if it is suitable for the type of carpet you have. Also, before applying the detergent on the stain, first try it on a little spot in one of the corners of the carpet, so that you can see if there will be any unpleasant reaction. We advise you not to use different types of cleaning solutions because they can make a reaction and ruin the carpet even more. If you try to remove the stain and the detergent doesn’t work, it’s best to call professional cleaning company and let them deal with the stain. They have experience treating different types of stains and know exactly how to take care of any type of carpet, without damaging it. You won’t regret it if you choose to go this way!
Getting rid of new grease stains from the carpet
It’s really important to treat a stain as soon as it appears. This way it is possible to remove it instead of having to deal with the grease soaked deep into the carpet. As you now know it is quite more difficult to remove it when it gets old. So, as soon as the grease is on the carpet, take the following steps and treat the stain right away!
- First, scrape off as much from the solid as possible. If there was food or other small pieces of grease. Use a dull knife and be gentle, because rubbing boldly might get the grease to soak deeper.
- Now, what you need to do is soak as much of the oil as possible. Use a paper towel and blot gently; never rub! You want to transfer the liquid to the towel and not spread the stain.
- Use baking soda to continue removing the grease. Spread the baking soda on the spot and leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. After that, you’ll need to vacuum it carefully. There are other powders that people often use as a solution, but with them, you risk making it harder to vacuum the particles.
- Now, if the baking soda didn’t remove all of the greases that are on your carpet, you’ll need to treat it with a detergent. Some of those detergents are oily as well, so look for a product that is appropriate for a grease stain. Follow the instructions on the detergent strictly. You’ll most likely have to wet the area that you’ll treat. Use a spray bottle to do so. Even when using such products, again, try to blot the spot and not rub it.
- After all, rinse the spot with a clean cloth and cold water.
DIY mixtures – yes or no
Many people choose to make home remedies for carpets and remove all kinds of stains this way. However, DIY mixtures can often lead to more damage than good. If you haven’t tried any of those before, we advise you not to trust everything you read on the Internet and do experiments. It’s better to try the things we listed above and if none of them works, to call a professional carpet cleaning company. The experts are against DIY mixtures because the risk of making the stain worse is high. In the end, of course, it’s up to you what method you’ll choose to try.