How to remove grease from carpet

Grease can be a very difficult stain to totally remove without professional carpet cleaning, especially as it comes in many different forms, colours and consistencies. If you are dealing with grease with a strong blue or green dye, then we recommend you call your Electrodry technician rather than treating the stain yourself as the dye may spread and become a permanent stain, even if most of the grease is removed.

If you unfortunately find a grease stain on your carpet that you would like to treat yourself, we recommend the process below:

  1. Remove Excess Grease. The first thing you need to do is to remove the excess grease from carpet. Use a dull knife or spoon and clean towel or paper to remove the excess grease. Scrape up the grease first with the knife or spoon and then blot the stain with a clean white cloth or paper towel using downward pressure (starting with light pressure and becoming gradually heavier. Do not rub the area with the cloth or paper towel
  2.  as this may spread the stain. Work from the outside in.
  3. Prepare your cleaning solution. This time, grab your ammonia, detergent soap and water. Take 1 table spoon amm
    onia, 1/4 teaspoon detergent soap and mix together with 1 litre of water. Store the solution in a spray bottle (atomiser) to make it easier to apply. This solution will help break down the grease and make it easier to remove.
  4. Use the solution. After preparing the solution, spray it over the stain using an atomising spray bottle. Concentrate more on the affected area but do not overspray, just evenly cover the affected area.
  5. Blot the grease. Once you are done spraying the area with the solution, you need to blot it. Use a clean, white towel to blot the area. Lightly push down on the cloth to absorb the grease. Continually repeat using a fresh part of the coth until there is no further transfer of grease from the carpet to the cloth. Do not rub the stain as this is likely to spread the stain.
  6. Rinse the area. Take another spray bottle filled with warm water. Spray the area to rinse then blot.
  7. If a stain remains and you have the Electro 3 Spot Remover then apply according to the instructions. It is likely that this will remove more of the grease stain
  8. Dry. Cover the area with a thick clean towel and apply heavy pressure to the towel. This is the most effective means of drying the carpet. Repeat until the carpet is totally dry.

 

Tips and Warnings

Always keep in mind not to rub the carpet, just blot. Rubbing will harm the carpet fibres.

  • Never ever blot in a circular motion. just use downwards pressure. As with with rubbing, it could also damage the carpet fibre or spread the stain.
  • Always use a dull knife or spoon when scraping away the excess grease. Avoid using a sharp knife as you may cut the carpet.

The above stain removal tips will help minimise the stain but may not totally remove the stain. Even if the great stain is not visible after treating the stain, point the affected area out to your Electrodry technician at the time of your next clean so that the carpet can be treated for any remaining residue.

 

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