a woman cleaning her carpet that had a stainGrease stains are always hard to get rid of. While we are all familiar with a long list of tricks to remove grease stains from clothing, it can be even more difficult to know how to get grease out of carpet.

That is because carpets are almost always made of synthetic fibers, and whether you have spilled butter, cooking oil or motor oil on your carpet, the molecules in the grease actually form a bond with the molecules in synthetic carpet fibers that can make them almost impossible to get rid of.

This is why it is so important to remove the stain as quickly as possible; the longer it sits there, the more time the molecules have to bond together.

Grease stains happen in many ways. Spills may be the most common, though. If you accidentally drop a piece of fried food, spill a container of oil or drop a rag covered in motor oil , you can easily end up with a nasty stain.

If you have a grease stain, it is essential that you begin cleaning it immediately before it really sets in. Here is our step-by-step guide to removing grease stains from carpet.

Supplies Needed to Remove Grease From Carpet

  • Cleaning solution (dry cleaning solvent for wool, 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for Oriental rugs, and 1 quart of water with a tablespoon of ammonia and 1/4 teaspoon dish soap for synthetics)
  • Clean towels or paper towels
  • Spray bottle for cleaning solution
  • Spray bottle with cold water
  • Something heavy (books or dishes work well)
  • Vacuum

1. Blog the Grease Stain

Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not scrub. If you scrub the stain, you will only rub the grease in even deeper. Blotting will lift the grease out from the carpet.

Start at the edge of the stain and work your way in. This way you will stop it from spreading any further.

2. Spray the Grease Stain

a stain being removed by a homeowner after they learned how to get grease out of carpetSpray on the cleaning solution. Use whichever solution is most appropriate for your carpet type.

3. Blot the Stain Again

Blot again with clean, dry paper towels or cloth. Continue doing this until you no longer see anything coming up on the cloth. You will probably need to use several cloths or paper towels for this part.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you can no longer see the stain on the carpet.

5. Rinse the Affected Area

Rinse the carpet by spraying with the bottle of cold water.

6. Blot the Area Once More

Blot again. This time you are blotting to remove all of the cleaning solution from the carpet. The residue from cleaning solutions will collect dirt more quickly than the rest of the carpet, and will often look like another stain. If you do not remove all of the cleaning solution, you will have only created a new problem.

7. Cover the Area With a Cloth

Once you are confident that you have removed as much of the cleaning solution as possible, cover the stain with a clean cloth or a thick stack of paper towels, and then put your books, dishes, or other heavy objects on top. Leave them there overnight to be sure that any liquid is absorbed.

8. Dry the Area

Let the area dry out completely

9. Vacuum the Area

Vacuum to restore the carpet fibers to their usual texture

Why You Still Need a Professional

Deeper Cleaning

The cleaning machines used by professional carpet cleaners are much more powerful, and reach much deeper into the carpet fibers, than anything you can use yourself. While following this technique will remove any visible grease stain from the carpet, it may not remove the entire stain. A professional cleaner can be sure that they have completely removed even the deepest parts of the stain that cannot be seen.


a man using soap to remove grease from a carpetMost home carpet cleaning remedies, and even home carpet cleaning machines that can be rented, do not sanitize the carpet. We have already established that you may not have removed the entire grease stain, even if you cannot see it anymore. Just imagine what could grow in a butter or cooking oil stain on a carpet.

Professional carpet cleaners use cleaning solutions and machines that sanitize the carpet while they clean, to ensure that your entire carpet is as clean as possible.

They are Professionals

No matter how skilled you are at keeping your home clean, it is unlikely that you are as skilled and knowledgeable as someone who cleans carpet for a living. Professionals have in-depth knowledge of different carpet types, different stain types, and what is needed to truly remove any stain from any carpet without damaging the carpet itself.

Even if you cannot see the stain anymore, it is a good idea to contact a professional service. If you would like more information on odor and stain removal, or would like to schedule a carpet cleaning, contact Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning today.