How can I get black grease out of a carpet?

by Chris

I have what appears to be thick black grease in a spot on my carpet. I tried working it with oxyclean, spray & wash, etc., and no luck, in fact, it sort of spread it out. Does anyone know how to get black grease out of carpeting?

  16 answers
  • Debbie Sullivan Debbie Sullivan on Feb 16, 2019

    You can dye it with fabric dye. Tutorials on YouTube

    • Debra Cox Debra Cox on Feb 17, 2019

      Try hand cleaner like go joe !

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Feb 16, 2019

    I haven't tried this on grease spots, but it really works on other spots: 1/2 cup blue Dawn and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. Mix in a spray bottle, spray spot, let sit 2-3 minutes. Scrub gently with light-colored cloth (if fabric is light) and blot area with dry cloth. If fabric feels soapy, blot area with wet cloth, then dry one. Let dry. This cleaner can be stored for another use.

    • Gilmer Gal Gilmer Gal on Feb 17, 2019

      Dawn is the greatest! My husband tracked black tar onto my brand new carpet. I cleaned it with straight Dawn. A little warm water and a toothbrush got the tar right off. So it might work for Oil stains also!

  • Chaz Chaz on Feb 16, 2019

    I would start out with shaving cream rub it in a little and let soak then blot it up with paper towels then you can go further with whatever you decide to do ?

    • Txgirl1642 Txgirl1642 on Feb 17, 2019

      Barbasol shaving cream. My son had to have his truck windshield replace and some black stuff got on his beige carpet. I got it off with Barbasol shaving creame red & white can. A few days later, I did shampoo the truck carpet.

  • Mary Mary on Feb 17, 2019

    I would use Dawn & baking soda

  • Theresa Kralik Theresa Kralik on Feb 17, 2019

    Ronson Lighter fluid is the chemical that carpet cleaners use. I have used it and I have used Goo Gone as well.

  • J J on Feb 17, 2019

    My mechanic gave me a can of brake fluid cleaner to take grease out of carpet. You need to have good ventilation, just spray greasy areas and blot with a white cloth. Make sure to blot or rub towards the center of spot. My husband brought something greasy home from work and everything else I tried didn’t work, to the point of ruining the nap of the carpet. This took it out, also an old stain of unknown origin... gone! Just lay clean dry cloth over area after cleaning so it can dry completely before walking over it.

  • Elise Elise on Feb 17, 2019

    If it is still greasy put corn meal on it & let sit over night under a white towel. Vacuum in morning. If not greasy spray some water on it first then apply corn meal let sit overnight then vacuum. May need to do it a few times as it will slowly wick the grease up, but it should be the first thing you do. Never rub you just make it go deeper & spread out. Using other products may set it in. My hubbys a carpet steam cleaner. His regular customers call before trying things on their own - which is a natural reflex. He usually tells them what to do without charge or visit but they are regulars. Good luck to you.

  • Elise Elise on Feb 17, 2019

    If you use what everyone suggests do a test sample in a closet. Put some grease down and after a bit try things out. But corn meal will not ruin it. Either it works or it does not. Also the age of the stain & if it is in a traffic area can make a difference.

  • Jaynie Jaynie on Feb 17, 2019

    I'd try blue Dawn dish liquid mixed with lukewarm water begin blotting the stain. I would avoid rubbing because you could spread the grease stain or spread deeper into the pile. Start with nontoxic chemicals first.

    You could also go to your favorite full service dry cleaners and show them the photo and get their advice.

  • Linda Linda on Feb 17, 2019

    Try a product called oil eaters, you can find it on Amazon.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 17, 2019

    Get a cleaner degreaser from the auto store if Dawn Platinum and white vinegar does not work.

  • William William on Feb 17, 2019

    Go with the Dawn dish liquid and hydrogen peroxide. Blot from the outside in so not to spread the stain any further. You can also try WD40 also blotting from outside in. Rinse with clear water.

  • Terry Terry on Feb 18, 2019

    Lestoil gets grease out of anything. My husband had his bike in our den and left behind a 14” long grease mark. The carpet is forest green and it literally dissolved the grease. Use dish soap and water afterwards and it’s good as new. Works on grease stains on clothes as well. Pre-treat and wash as usual. Works great!

  • MizGG MizGG on Feb 18, 2019

    WITH COOKING OIL..pour and scrub until much is gone..add Dawn and water...scrub...ALLL GONE!!!!!!...i KNOW...

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  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 02, 2023

    Before reaching for the nearest bottle of cleaning solution, keep in mind that the best carpet cleaning solution is often water. Blot (don't rub) the stain with a clean, slightly damp white cloth.

    If plain water doesn't work, move on to a carpet stain remover or DIY solution. The best carpet stain remover will be tailored to what caused the stain.