This video shows you how to use everyday household items to remove oil from carpet in eight simple steps. Although, this oil removal technique does work on some oil spots in carpet it is a time consuming process with a lot of down time between steps. If your patient and a do it yourself kind of person this should remove most oil stains in carpet.
We at Chem-Dry of Tampa FL would like to suggest some changes to the process. Before applying baking soda to the spot soak up as much of the oil as you can using several layers of paper towels. After soaking up the oil in the carpet apply some more clean paper towels and allow them to sit for several hours. Do this one more time and leave it overnight to soak up the remaining oil. The carpet should still have an oily feel to it but most of the oil will be removed. You should be able to skip the baking powder portion of the cleanup process.
The next step would be to add the dish washing liquid. We suggest mixing it in water before applying it to the carpet, about half a teaspoon to a cup of dishwashing detergent. Our preferred dish washing detergent is Dawn, but just about any detergent will do. Pour it on the oil spot(s) and then lightly scrub it with a toothbrush. Using a white towel or several layers of paper towels gently blot up the cleaning solution to remove the oil. Repeat this step to make sure all the oil is broken down.
Finally, rinse the carpet with warm water to help remove the remaining cleaning solution and dry with a towel. Let the cleaned spot dry completely and check for oily residue. If the spots still remain try using Chem-Dry’s World Famous Grease and Oil Remover to get the stain out. If all else fails call a professional carpet cleaner, like Chem-Dry of Tampa FL to get oil out of your carpet.