Let’s face it. Grease stains are tough. Whether on your carpets or your upholstery, they’re unsightly and unpleasant. You’ll want to treat grease stains as soon as you spot them. But if this isn’t possible, then you can also treat dried grease stains with our recommended cleaning method below. So, without further ado, here are our steps for how to get out a grease stain.
Getting rid of grease stains
Whether dry or wet, grease stains are a pain. But it doesn’t mean that they’re impossible to get rid of. One tip we recommend before getting started though, is to always check the label on your upholstery for the right instructions on how to treat a grease stain. This is because different upholstery types are made up of different materials and each material requires a different approach. However, we’ve collected some of the most important steps you should follow when it comes to removing grease from carpet to help ease your cleaning process.
Dried grease stains
We kick off our recommendations by focusing on already dried up grease stains. Although tough, they can be dealt with relatively efficiently.
Step 1: Start out by preparing the right materials and equipment you will use. This means that you’ll need to get paper towels and a solution of hot, soapy water.
Step 2: Apply the hot, soapy water solution to the stain in incremental amounts and then once dampened, use absorbent towels to lift the saint as far as possible.
Step 3: Next, you can apply baking soda to the stain by sprinkling a good amount over the stain. Leave it to sit there for about one hour.
Step 4: Once the baking soda has been applied and has sat on your carpet or upholstery for the right amount of time, it’s time to vacuum it up. The baking soda should have acted as a way to break up the grease, making it easier to clean up.
Step 5: As the next step, you will want to prepare some more hot and soapy water, which you should apply to the stain. Use your paper towels to blot away at it. Once done, leave it to dry. At this point, you should have lifted the majority of the stain with a few remnants left. The next step does a deep dive into getting rid of it in more depth.
Step 6: It’s time to create an ammonia solution. This will include mixing one tablespoon of household ammonia and one-quarter cup of warm water. Using a cloth, which you’ll immerse in the ammonia solution, apply the wet cloth with the solution to the stain. Blot carefully and do not soak the fabric with too much of the solution.
Step 7: We’re not done yet but it’s almost over. You now need to take a scrubbing brush and gently rub the area whilst applying small amounts of pressure so as not to damage your fabric.
Step 8: That’s it! You’re nearly there! All you have to do now is the rinsing process. With a bowl of clean water, use a clean cloth to blot the area and absorb any remains of the grease stain. After this, use a dry towel to absorb as much of the additional moisture that’s left as possible.
Fresh grease stains
Thankfully, fresh grease stains are much easier to clean. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Begin by preparing some paper towels, which you’ll apply to the stain and try to soak up as much of the grease as possible. It’s crucial not to rub the stain because this will cause it to go deeper into the fabric, making it harder to clean. Next, leave a paper towel on the area for 20 minutes.
Step 2: It’s time to bring out the baking soda or talcum powder and spray it liberally over the stain. Let the powder sit on the stalin for a while and then vacuum it off.
Step 3: If the stain persists and is not coming out, it’s time to get out your washing up liquid. Place a tiny amount of this liquid onto the stain and use a damp cloth to blot it.
Step 4: It’s time to do a rinse. Using clean water, which you’ll apply to the area with a cloth, you’ll then want to blot it using an absorbent towel. And voila! That’s it! You now know how to get grease out of a carpet.
Get professional help
Whether grease or any other types of stains, we understand that they not only look awful but if you’re renting, they could cause you to lose out on your security deposit. Make sure your home is spotless – whether renting or not – by getting in touch with our professional cleaners in Abingdon. Using highly specialised equipment and detergents, we can treat practically any stain to ensure that your home is fresh and that your upholstery looks as best as it can. Simply reach out to us. We’re just a call away!