How to get Grease out of Carpet- 3 Proven Home Remedy


Have you ever poured some grease on your carpet accidentally? Have you ever tried to scrub it off in vain? Well, I understand how frustrating this can be because I have experienced it several times.

I obviously did not want to damage my expensive carpet when trying to remove the stains. Regular vacuuming could not help since grease clings to fiber calling for professional cleaning.

I had gone through this trouble several times in the past until I decided to research widely on how to get grease out of carpet without hassle.

I would not mind getting my hands dirty when working or doing repairs at home or at work. Typically, when dealing with metal surfaces, grease is part of the job. Unfortunately, as much as I try to be careful, some grease will end up on my carpet; so frustrating.

Grease creates annoying stains which might be impossible to avoid. Sadly, your business reputation might be at stake if the stains are all over your workplace carpet. Your family may also be irritated if you leave drops of grease in the living room.

Fortunately, I know the best techniques that can remove even the toughest stains. I have discussed a simple step by step procedure on how to remove grease stains out of carpet within a short period.

Before the stains turn into a big issue, follow the guidelines below.

What will you require for the recommended cleaning procedure?

In this section, I will list tools and materials that you will need to carry out the procedure. Ensure you have the items readily available in the house for easier accessibility.

I will also discuss the alternative methods that you may opt to use. However, the recommended method is the most efficient.

  • Dish soap
  • Cotton material
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Dull Knife
  • Water

Other Alternatives to Remove Grease from Carpet

1. Use of Cornstarch

Alternatively, you can opt to spray cornstarch on the stain and sponge it using a dry cleaning solvent for instance Guardsman Professional Strength Dry Cleaning Fluid.

However, you might be required to use the chemicals over and over again before the dirt falls off. This may turn out expensive.

2. Use of dish soap and vinegar

Dish soap and vinegar can work too. According to a study published on NCBI, vinegar was found to be an effective cleaning agent because it not only acts as a bleaching agent but also as a disinfectant.

You will require dish soap, vinegar, paper towels, water, a dull knife and a spray bottle. This procedure involves spraying the vinegar on the stain and use of a paper towel to wipe out the dirt.

Secondly, pour the dish soap and use the toothbrush to rub gently. The solutions may not be very effective and may take much to clean up.

3. Use of Rubbing Alcohol for Grease Stain Treatment

The third alternative may be the use of rubbing alcohol. You will require a dull knife, rubbing alcohol and paper towels. Use the knife to scrub off the solid stain then pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain as you wipe out the residue using the paper tissue.

Rubbing alcohol may not be the best solution for individuals with allergies; it might cause irritation. Alcohol can also tamper carpet fibers if soaked thus damaging the carpet.

Recommended Alternative for Getting Grease out of the Carpet

Of all the alternatives I have discussed above, using baking soda is way much better. The requirements are minimal. Similarly, besides cleaning, baking soda also disinfects surfaces. It is a multi-purpose solution thus having it in the house may be advantageous.

How to Remove Grease Stains using the Recommended Procedure

You will be required to follow every procedure discussed below to the later if you desire to achieve the best results. I have been following the steps when cleaning my carpet and not a day did I not achieve the required results.

According to a study by the Journal of Environmental Health, baking soda proved to be one of the best household cleaning agents. Backed by research and personal experience, I am sure that this method will perfectly work for you if you follow all the steps accordingly.

Step 1. Scratch off excess grease

Use the dull knife to scrape away the dirt. Reducing the size of the stain will make its cleaning more effective. Scrap gently to prevent further damage to the carpet. Take your time to ensure that you remove as much solid grease as possible.

Step 2. Pour Baking Soda on the Residue


Sprinkle baking soda on the residue stain and give it time to work; approximately one hour. You may also opt to leave it overnight. The baking soda will absorb the grease to leave a clean surface. The more time you allow it to rest on the stain, the more it will absorb.

Baking soda will work perfectly on your carpet. It cleans off the stain with ease as well as eliminating bad odors. It has minimal effects on the environment, unlike other solutions. Also, you will not be forced to dig deep into your pocket, and it is quite affordable.

Step 3 It’s Time to Use Vacuum

After you are certain that the baking soda has absorbed enough grease, use your vacuum cleaner to suck the powder from the fabric. Vacuum again and again until every particle is of the fabric.

Invest in the best vacuum cleaners in the market for perfect cleaning. High pile carpets, for instance, will require cleaning using vacuums with high suction strength, a good height and whose suction can be adjusted.

 The best vacuum cleaners also have a brush roll. Carpet fibers are agitated by the brush roll makes cleaning more effective. Switch the roll on and off to prevent chocking especially when cleaning lightweight carpets.

Step 4. How to Dispose of Grease

Pour a small amount of dish soap on the stained area. For instance, you may opt to use Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap. Use the toothbrush to spread it evenly.

Rub the fabric thoroughly till the soap is completely absorbed. Rubbing will also aid in getting rid of the stain from the carpet. Use only a small amount of the soap.

The More the soap you pour, the longer the cleaning process. Make sure the toothbrush you are using has soft bristles to prevent carpet damage.

Step 5. Rinse Using Water

Add clean water in a spray bottle. Spray a small amount of water at a time as you wipe using a cotton cloth. Cotton is the best choice since it absorbs much water as compared to other materials.

Make sure that the cotton cloth is clean before you start the procedure. Repeat the process until the soap is entirely removed from the carpet.

Pro tips

  • Cleaning procedure will be easy if you start working on the stain immediately after the grease falls on the carpet.
  • For synthetic carpets, you can use nail polish or lighter fluids as alternatives.
  • Rinse using cold water
  • Avoid using two different cleaning solutions at a go-to prevent unnecessary chemical reactions that might damage your carpet.
  • Rubbing alcohol can destroy carpet fibers if absorbed.
  • Wool carpets have delicate fibers; avoid cleaning them with ammonia or bleach.
  • Oriental carpet is quite delicate hence may require professional cleaning.


I’m now concluding this guide, but before I wrap up, I would like to ask; did you enjoy it? Did you find it engaging and helpful enough? If so, that’s my joy, and I request you to share it. If otherwise, just let me know, and I’ll work as hard as I can to update it more informative to everyone.

The reason to why I created this post is to assist as many people as possible who are experiencing the same problems I experienced before.

As a quick heads up, grease poured accidentally on my carpet, and some stains touched my clothes too.

I tried to remove grease out of my carpet and clothes through several methods, but I could not succeed. I had to research widely on how to get grease out of clothes and carpets, and that’s how I came across the helpful information.

After trying several methods and seeing how they work, I decided to share the useful information through this post because I want to make sure people don’t suffer the same as I did.

To wrap up, I value your feedback and compliments, so if you have any comment or query, feel free to leave them here in the comments section below.

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  1. Great info! I have an indoor/outdoor rug that’s been in my back screened in porch for approx 4 years. During this time, I’ve been using my
    Smoker on top of a big corner of the rug, thinking I would never use it for the purpose I bought the rug for. Well, changed my mind, rug has all sorts of smoker-grease/drippings on it. Went out this AM to see if I could clean the rug. Tried all sorts of methods, nothing! Looked over @ my bottle of 409, sprayed an area to test and to my happy surprise I used a toothbrush and it worked like a charm! Took a water hose, rinsed that part off & it looks new! Woo-Hoo!

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