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Oil and fat based stain and spill removal tips for carpets and rugs

Ooops! Whether it’s beer, coffee, your lunch, a little gift from one of your pets or some abstract painting from your toddler, whatever is meant to be on your carpet is not what always ends up there. Here are some of our easy to follow techniques on how to treat carpet spills using everyday products you can find around your house.

The first thing you need to know is what type of stain or spill is on your carpet or rug

Knowing the type of spill or stain is paramount as this will help you deal with it in the right way as opposed to making it an even bigger problem. This can result in it being almost impossible to remove, even pro carpet cleaning techniques and equipment might not shift it.

If you feel that you just can’t remove it, don’t have the energy or ingredients then simply get a carpet cleaning company that has steam and dry cleaning equipment and unique solutions for a nearly new result.

There are 3 main categories for dirt, stains and spills and they are water, special water and fat. Knowing which category your stain is in will help you a lot when trying to deal with it.

Common Fat, Oil and Wax Carpet Stains and Spills


Cigarette Burns
These can be mostly removed by softly rubbing the pile with the edge of a flat hard surface like a dull knife.

Moisten a cotton wool ball or soft porous cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. The alcohol will help dissolve the glue and make it more soluble to soak up into your cloth or cotton wool. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently blot it off and repeat until the carpet is clean. Some specialist uncommon glues may require a different method so if you are unsure then consult the package or a cleaning company.

Wax and Gum
Use ice to freeze the gum or wax, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces begin to defrost and liquify, and blot the carpet with a white towel after.

Nail Polish and Varnish
Blot the area with a clean rag or towel dipped in nail polish remover. Be sure to only treat the affected area and check that your carpet will not react with the remover by looking at your carpets manufacturers guidelines.

Urine (Animal or Human)
Absorb as much as possible with soft white absorbent towels, then blot with a damp, cool cloth. Then, spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Lastly, apply a mix of 1/2 teaspoon of mild, clear, no bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water, rinse, and blot until dry.

Depending on the amount of spillage, your carpet and the time it has been there, this may or may not do the trick so if it’s not enough then give us a call if you are anywhere in Melbourne.