How to Get a Motor Grease Stain Out of Carpet


Dealing with motor grease on your carpet can be daunting. It doesn't happen all that often, but sometimes after a long day of working on the car in the garage, it's not surprising that somehow the grease has found its way inside.

Motor grease is a challenging type of stain, often leaving behind a dark, slick residue that can be difficult to remove.

Below, we'll answer some frequently asked questions about removing motor grease from carpets and how Zerorez® can assist with tough spots.

What Type of Stain Does Motor Grease Leave?

Motor grease is an oil-based stain that leaves a dark, slick residue on carpets. It can penetrate deeply into carpet fibers, making it challenging to remove without proper techniques.

Does Motor Grease Come Out of Carpet?

Yes, motor grease can be removed from carpets with the right techniques. It requires patience and careful handling to ensure that the stain does not become set or spread further into the carpet fibers.

Motor grease stains should be treated similar to cooking grease stains.

How to Get Motor Grease Out of Carpet?

  1. Blot the Stain: Begin by gently blotting the grease stain with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to remove as much grease as possible. Avoid rubbing, as this can push the grease deeper into the carpet fibers.

  2. Sprinkle Baking Soda: Lightly dust the area with baking soda to help absorb the grease in the carpet fibers. Let the baking soda sit overnight, then vacuum thoroughly.

  3. Create a Cleaning Solution: Mix ┬╝ cup white vinegar with a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt. Dip a clean cloth into this solution and blot the stain. The combination of the three creates a unique solution that can cut through grease.

  4. Rinse and Blot: After treating the stain, rinse the area with cold water and blot with a dry towel to remove any remaining residue.

  5. Repeat if Necessary: For persistent stains, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is completely removed.

How to Get the Smell of Motor Grease Out of Carpet?

After removing the grease stain, you might notice a residual odor. To eliminate this:

  1. Sprinkle Baking Soda: Liberally apply baking soda over the affected area and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Baking soda absorbs odors effectively.

  2. Vacuum: After the baking soda has had time to work, vacuum it up thoroughly. This should remove the odor along with any remaining baking soda.

Removing Motor Grease From Carpet Troubleshooting Tips

  • If the stain persists, spritz a clean cloth with hydrogen peroxide and begin by spot testing an inconspicuous area of your carpet before using it to treat the affected area.

  • Avoid trying to rinse the grease out with warm water, as it will be repelled by the grease and can lead the stain to spread.

Contact Zerorez for more expert advice or schedule a cleaning service to get as much of the spot out as possible.

How Can Zerorez Help with Motor Grease Stains?

Zerorez is equipped with advanced cleaning technologies and solutions that can tackle tough-to-lift spots like motor grease.

Our professional carpet cleaning services use proprietary technology, including our Zr™ Water that cleans without harsh chemicals, ensuring your carpet is not only clean but also safe and free of soapy residue.

For spots that are particularly stubborn, Zerorez technicians can apply specialized treatments that are more effective than typical household cleaners.

Motor grease and other tough stains don't have to mean the end of your carpet's good looks. With the right approach and help from professionals like Zerorez, you can keep your carpets looking fresh and clean.

Contact Zerorez today to learn more about how we can help you maintain a spotless home!

Motor Grease Removal 

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