This video shows you how to remove stains from carpet using WD40 spray lubricant. It’s an interesting Idea, but it is not something we at Chem-Dry of Tampa FL would recommend doing. Using an oil based lubricant will break the surface tension of molecules making them easier to lift out, but so do most over the counter carpet spot removers. WD40 is not designed to remove spots from carpet so it’s not formulated to be removed from carpet fibers.
The video instructs you to use a carpet stain remover to remove the WD40 as a final step. That’s because the WD40 leaves an oily residue that will surely attract more soil. So it begs the question why is someone treating carpet spots with WD40? There is some logic to it but it seems to be adding a step when in most cases a good spot remover or vinegar and water would be more effective with less chance of leaving an oily residue in the carpet.
At Chem-Dry of Tampa FL we use a lot of WD40 while maintaining our carpet cleaning equipment but we see no reason to use it to remove stains from carpet. If you are thinking of trying this home remedy on a stubborn stain try using a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar first. Apply it directly to the spot and gentle massage it in with your fingers. Wait about 3o seconds and then blot with a clean white towel. We bet you can remove more stains with vinegar than you can with WD40.