How to Get a Cooking Oil Stain Out of Carpet


Taking the time to cook a nice meal is usually a pretty rewarding experience. But when the frying pan lets oil fly, or when you unexpectedly drop your beautiful dinner, the experience can be less than glamorous.

Welcome to Zerorez®'s comprehensive guide on tackling carpet cooking oil stains.

Whether it's a splash from your frying pan or a spill from cooking, cooking oil can leave unsightly marks on your carpets.

We'll address common questions, provide troubleshooting tips, and highlight how Zerorez can assist in treating these stubborn spots.

Type of Stain and Residue Left by Cooking Oil:

Cooking oil stains can leave behind a greasy residue that may attract dirt and debris. If not properly cleaned, this can lead to further staining and odor issues.

Prompt action and thorough cleaning are essential to remove cooking oil stains from carpet fibers effectively.

Does Oil Come Out of Carpet?

Yes, oil stains can be removed from carpet with the right cleaning techniques!

However, it's essential to act quickly and use appropriate cleaning methods to prevent oil from setting into the carpet fibers permanently.

How to Get Cooking Oil Out of Carpet?

Removing cooking oil stains from carpet requires a strategic approach. To rid your carpet of a cooking oil stain, follow these steps:

Step 1: Immediately blot the oil spill with a clean, dry white towel or paper towels to absorb as much oil as possible. Avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain.

Step 2: Apply a small amount of baking soda, cornstarch, or talcum powder to the spot and pat it into the spot with a clean towel or blunt object, like a spoon. The baking soda, or other absorbent, should begin to absorb the leftover oil on the carpet.

Step 3: As the baking soda begins to clump, vacuum the baking soda. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the oil is no longer being absorbed.

Step 4: If the stain is still visible, mix equal parts lukewarm water and vinegar and apply the mixture to a white towel or sponge. Pat the stain with the damp towel or sponge.

Step 5: Rinse the area with cold water and pat dry.

Step 6: Allow the carpet to air dry naturally. Avoid using heat, such as hair dryers, as the heat may cause the leftover oil to set into the fibers and make the stain much more difficult to remove.

How to Remove Dried Cooking Oil Stains?

Handling dried cooking oil stains requires a slightly different approach. If you have an oil stain that has gone unnoticed, follow these steps to remove the spot:

Step 1: Gently scrape off any dried oil residue using a blunt object. A spoon works best.

Step 2: Apply white vinegar to a fresh towel and pat the stain.

Step 3: Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes before blotting with a clean, dry towel or scrub with a soft-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary until the stain has lifted.

If the stain doesn't come out completely, repeat the cleaning processes or call a professional carpet cleaning service.

Troubleshooting Tips for Cooking Oil Stains:

  • Avoid Water: Have you ever heard the phrase, "oil and water don't mix"? Well, it's true in this case. Avoid using water on oil stains. The water may cause the oil stain to spread and make it even more challenging to remove. If anything, combine water with a mild dish soap to remove the oil stain.

  • Always Test: Before using a cleaning solution on a spill, be sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet first. This will help you determine if the cleaner is the right fit, as your carpet may be incompatible with certain solvents. Store-bought cleaners can often cause additional damage to your carpets, so it's always a good idea to test and use natural household products.

  • Choose Zerorez: If your cooking oil stain doesn't look like it's going anywhere or if you are unsure about the cleaning process, reach out to Zerorez for professional spot removal assistance.

How Can Zerorez Help With Cooking Oil Stains and Other Spots?

By following the tips in this guide and using Zerorez products and services, you can effectively eliminate cooking oil stains from your carpet.

And cooking oil stains are just the beginning, if you are dealing with any kind of stubborn stain, our expert technicians at Zerorez are here to help.

At Zerorez, we use advanced cleaning techniques that can refresh your carpets in no time. Our proprietary cleaning solution, Zr™ Water, does wonders to eliminate even the toughest stains (though it can't remove every stain). If you're dealing with a stubborn spot, contact Zerorez today!

Cooking Oil Removal 

Follow Basic Steps 1, 2, 3, 4. Repeat as necessary.