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How to get oil out of carpet

Ciaran McGuire by Ciaran McGuire

If you’ve spilt cooking oil or grease, then our step-by-step guide will talk you through the stain removal process, giving you the best chance of getting it out.

Before attempting any kind of cleaning, you should consult your carpet care guide. Different materials and carpet types react in different ways so it’s important to check the following methods are appropriate and won’t damage your flooring.

How to remove fresh cooking oil or grease from carpet
The quicker you act the better chance you have of removing the stain entirely.

  • Soak up any excess with kitchen roll. Dab don’t rub, as rubbing can damage carpet fibres.


  • Cover with cornflour or polenta and leave for at least one hour. This will help to absorb any excess.


  • Vacuum the powder up – for larger amounts of oil, it might be necessary to repeat this step.
  • Add a little neat washing up liquid and gently massage into the fibres. For deep, stubborn stains, use an old toothbrush to work it in further, but be mindful of the above advice about rubbing too vigorously.
  • During this process you’ll have created suds. In order to get rid of these, you’ll need to add water and blot with kitchen roll or a clean cloth, and repeat until all the soap has gone. This might be a time-consuming process.
  • Make sure this has been done thoroughly as suds are not a vacuum cleaner’s friend! Then carefully vacuum the area to perk up the fibres.


How to remove dried on cooking oil or grease from carpet
If the oil is dried on, add a drop of glycerine to wake up the stain. Then you can skip to the washing up liquid step above.