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How to Remove Fresh Motor Oil From Carpet

    • 1). Quickly blot the motor oil stain with a clean white cloth or paper towels. Waiting just a few minutes before treating the stain can lead to permanent damage.

    • 2). Scoop up any oil solids with a spoon. Depending on whether the motor oil has been previously used or not, there may not be any significant solid chunks to scrape up.

    • 3). Vacuum the affected area. This will pull oil out of the carpet and keep it from setting in too deeply, as well as clean up any oil solids that were missed with the spoon.

    • 4). Locate a cleaning solvent and pour a small amount onto a clean white cloth. Some solvents that tend to be effective on oil stains are Goof-Off, which can be found in most hardware and paint stores, nail polish remover that contains acetone, or diluted liquid dish soap (1/4 tsp. soap to 1 cup water). Pre-test any cleaning solvent on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to be sure no color damage will occur.

    • 5). Gently rub the solution into the stain with the cloth, beginning from the outer edges of the stain and working inward to prevent further spreading of oil. Blot the area with a clean cloth once the solution is fully applied. This process may need to be repeated multiple times. If progress is not noticed after several applications, a new solvent may be needed. Continue to apply the solvent as long as visible oil marks can be seen in a clean cloth after solvent application.

    • 6). Rinse the affected area of the carpet thoroughly with cold water. Some solvents can cause dirt and other substances to build up on carpet more quickly if not rinsed out completely. Blot the wet area with a dry cloth or paper towel.

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