Grease stains can be quite stubborn when you are trying to remove them from your carpet. This is a guide about cleaning grease stains on carpet.
I had a roast on the floorboard and the grease/drippings splashed out of the pan onto my carpet. I have tried foam carpet cleaner and Arm & Hammer powder carpet cleaner, but it still stinks to high heaven. I have even tried Dawn dishsoap and water. No luck. Any suggestions?
By Randy S.
July 1, 2012
The grease probably went through the carpet and onto the floorboard. You will probably need a big bucket of hot, soapy water and a wet/dry vac. Take a cup and pour the hot soapy water on the area and suck it up. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, and again until you are sick of doing that. If that doesn't work, you might also dry professional degreaser (like from Sam's club or auto store), they smell bad too, so that wouldnt' be my first choice method.
By Darcy 1
How do you get auto grease (black) out of a brand new, already treated and never shampooed, carpet? (no snickering allowed)
By Darcy from Duncan, BC
I tipped a bottle of scented oils on my carpet and all down the stairs. How can I remove it? I have tried hot water and soaking it up in a cloth, but nothing works.
By carol J from Mid Wales
I work in a machine shop, and we are trying to clean the carpets. The problem is that the carpets are stained with grease from people walking in and out of the offices. Any tips or tricks for removing grease stains? (and I mean huge grease stains!) Thanks so much.
By S. H.
My DH manages a chain of automotive repair and tire sales shops. Sometimes I help out by cleaning the shop so he can get home to the family a little earlier. I am baffled as to how to remove stains from the carpet in the customer lounge. It must be automotive grease or oil.
I've used my home Bissel Giant Green Steam Clean Machine with the manufacturer's reccomended cleaning products. I am getting a lot of soil out of the carpet (I presume, b/c the color of the "dump" water is similar to black coffee); yet the stain remains. Any suggestions as to what to try?
I made the mistake in bringing my bicycle inside to oil the chain and grease the gears. I put newspaper under the bike thinking i was safe but as soon as i took the pedals to spin the chain the oil went everywhere nice black oil spots on my living room carpet... broke out the carpet cleaner with little results. So I then got out the dish soap and squirted it on the spots and gave a gentle rub. I let the soap sit on there for a little while and then took the carpet cleaner to the spots again and they disappeared. (06/03/2005)
I have used Resolve Carpet Cleaner to get road tar off my carpet in the car. Works very well. Perhaps that would work for oil or grease. (06/03/2005)
I found a carpet/upholstery cleaner at a auto dealership, but it's no doubt other places too, called Capture. I keep one at all times. It's a dry powder, sprinkle it on the oily spot, let sit a bit and vac up. It works great. (06/03/2005)
My husband tracked grease all over my brand new carpet. Will anything get it out? It's light brown carpet.
Kimberly from Villa Rica, GA
I was thinking maybe Goop hand cleaner or Dawn dish soap. They both remove grease off hands, so maybe it would work on carpet, too. (09/11/2006)
By Cheryl from MO
The Queen of Clean recommends a product called "Holy Cow" for many cleaning problems. I haven't bought it yet, but will. She says you can buy it in Walgreens. Check out azfamily.com, to read about the Queen.
My boyfriend is in the newspaper business. One day he came home with his work shoes on and got ink all over our brand new area rug, that was only about 2 weeks old. So I called good old Mom to see what she recommended. She swears by "Lestoil" on all stains (it even took battery acid and grease out a pair of my sisters white shorts, when we were growing up). So I immediately ran out and got some. I put it directly on a rag and worked each stain and it all came out. You cannot even tell that it was there. The carpet looked just like brand new again. Needless to say, he never wore work shoes home again.
Good Luck. (09/12/2006)
My husband was a salesman for roofing products and I found grease/oil stains on the back of our new car's (light tan) carpet from the cans. I used straight ammonia on it and rubbed and it took it all off. It works great on grease stains. Be sure there is lots of ventilation. (09/12/2006)
I live at my mom's house and my fiance works in a trucking garage. Anyway to make a long story short he came home and tracked truck grease all the way up my mom's white carpeted stairs. I was horrified, because I knew how she would react. I was reading through some of the tips I found on the internet and the thought of putting more chemicals on the already "ruined" carpet scared me even more. I went up to her cleaning closet and found a product called "Awesome", I thought what the heck. I sprayed it on and wiped it with a damp terry cloth, it came right out. My savior. (06/19/2008)
The gas company came, because I thought I smelled gas leaking. I'm a little paranoid. The guy's toolbox left grease marks everywhere he sat it down on the carpet. I used baking soda mixed with dish liquid, and water (just a little bit to make liquid) let it sit for a minute. The stain came right out. (09/19/2008)
We have had some grease stains on our carpet and tried everything even "Awesome" and nothing would get it out. We shampooed our carpet and it looked terrible, so I looked up on the internet "Grease stains on carpet" and it mentioned using hand cleaner. We tried it and it took all the grease up. So I recommend using Joe's hand cleaner on grease spots, on carpet. (11/15/2008)
By Faye M.
I had grease stains on beige carpet and tried our Hoover SteamVac with the upholstery brush, but it didn't work. Then used Dawn dish detergent with a wet paper towel. I went back over with the SteamVac and viola! They were gone. (12/01/2008)
Use GoJo hand cleaner. (02/04/2009)
I am trying to sell my truck and unfortunately there are a few (significantly sized) mechanical grease stains on the tan-colored interior floor (it's carpet-like material). Anyone have any ideas on what to use, or how I can get the grease out?
By jenny_veve from Vancouver, BC Canada
I use a product called Greased Lightning from Walmart. I use it on all kinds of grease on lots of different surfaces. It's $3 for a gallon and I add it to an old spray bottle from home. (06/13/2009)
You might try a product called Folex. I bought mine at Walmart. It is a white spray bottle. It works pretty good. You might also try Simple Green. You can find it at Walmart in the automotive section. It is great for all kinds of things. You can even use it in the dishwasher and washing machine. I use it to clean pretty much everything. You can check out all the uses on their website, www.simplegreen.com. Hope this helps! (06/13/2009)
You might try GOOP. It's a white lotion that dissolves mechanic grease from hands. If it works on hands melting away, it should work on carpet, but you might have to repeat it a few times depending on how old the grease stain has been in carpet, how thick it is on the carpet and how deeply embedded the stain has gone. I'd also try a good grease remover product, and there's a lot of good products out there now. (06/13/2009)
Folex is what Home Depot recommended. It works great on any carpet problems. (06/13/2009)
Try using lighter fluid. It really works. Just squirt a little on the carpet and rub it with a paper towel or rag. (06/14/2009)
How do I get grease out of carpet?
By Linda Sue from Hollister, CA
I'm not sure if this will work for grease but it might. I had a stain in my carpet and wanted to get it out, so I searched the web and a few places said baking soda.
Just take some baking soda, mix it with vinegar to make a paste, and then put it on the carpet with an old toothbrush. Allow it to dry, then vacuum. If the stain is somewhat removed or lightened up, repeat again. (10/13/2009)
I don't know if this would work, but I've used it for brown eye pencil on white carpet with great success. The product is called Incredible and I buy it at my local grocery store, Kroger, in Houston, TX. But you could google it and I'll bet you'll find it. If you live where you can buy a product called Lestoil I bet you'd have good luck with it too. I used to live in NY and you could buy it anywhere and we used it on everything, not just grease stains. You could google it too. Good luck! (10/13/2009)
I recently tried a carpet stain remover called Winning Colours. It has worked on some of the toughest stains that no other cleaners have worked on. Here is a link to a store locator on their website:
How can I remove grill grease from new carpet?
By Christine from Dubuque, IA
Try some Dawn dish soap. I had some black Halloween make-up on my carpet and just rubbed a little dish soap in it then blotted it up with a damp rag. It worked for me. Good luck. Test spot an area first though. (04/15/2010)
Simple Green would be my suggestion. It is an oil base cleaner and will dissolve your grease. Then clean it all up with the Dawn or other carpet cleaner. I swear by Stanley Steamer cleaner. My SIL uses club soda. (04/16/2010)
How can I remove a reappearing car oil/grease stain on new carpet?
I use Awesome carpet and stain remover, you can get it in the dollar store; it works amazingly. Mix with water to dilute it unless it's a bad stain. Use a rag to blot on and let it sit a few minutes then reapply and wipe with a dry clean cloth. (10/06/2010)
I picked up some graphite type grease on my shoe and tracked it through three rooms before I saw it. I don't want to start cleaning with the wrong solution and smearing it. Does someone have a solution? It is on green and also white carpet.
By Joseph from Sebring, FL
Rub baby powder or any talcum powder on it and brush in well. Leave it set a few hours, vac and repeat! I took tar off my new carpet with this. (02/04/2011)
Call any janitorial supply store in your area and ask them for a heavy duty degreaser. Mix according to the instructions and spray on grease area. Blot out with a wet towel and repeat until its gone.
You may want to watch this video that takes grease out of silk or other fabrics, it would work for carpet grease stains.