Oil Based Stains on Carpets

  • In all cases remove all excess dried material before attempting to clean.
  • Remove by gently blotting or scraping off the excess stain. Blotting is the act of using a terry towel or an absorbant towel and applying pressure to the stain with the dry towel, in effect transfering the stain to the towel. It is important to use a clean preferably white towel.
  • Apply a small amount of a volatile solvent and blot with a white terry towel.
  • Repeat this until the stain is removed or until no more of the stain will transfer onto the towel. Do not use solvents such as: gasoline or paint thinner.
  • Volatile solvents, such as acetone, nail polish remover or dry cleaning solvent, are available at some grocery stores or at your carpet cleaning supply retailer. A volatile solvent will dissipate at room temperature and will leave no residue. If you are using non-volatile solvents they must be completely rinsed with a volatile solvent. Non-volatile solvents (if left in the carpet) can cause delamination in synthetic carpets either immediately or over a period of time.

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