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How to Get Bike Oil Out of Carpet

Carpets can get dirty from various stains, but nowhere is a fast reaction more critical than when you get oily stains, such as bike oil or grease. Here you’ll learn how to get bike oil out of your carpet and how to avoid this greasy situation in future.

So if you,

  • You are storing your bike inside and have stained your carpets with bike oil or grease;
  • Wondering how to remove bike grease without damaging your carpet;
  • Looking for ways to prevent bike oil stains;

Then, read along.

Are bike grease stains permanent?

Bicycle grease can be removed from carpets, despite what some may think. The sooner you treat the stain, the higher the chance to completely lift the oil from the carpet.  If not treated appropriately and on time, however, bike grease stains can still become permanent. Therefore, we will present to you an easy method to clean chain oil and other bicycle stains using just a few products.

What you’ll need to lift the bike oil or grease

Before you get down to the nitty-gritty, you must first supply yourself with the right tools. These include:

  • Dull knife
  • Clean white cloth – when it’s white, there’s no chance of it bleeding colour onto your carpet.
  • Baking soda – if you don’t have any, you can opt for cornstarch,  talcum powder or dry-cleaning grease removers as alternatives. These products are not only cheap but also eco-friendly.
  • Clean water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent

How to get the bike oil out of the carpet

The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to remove the bike oil stain. That’s why you should always treat the mark as soon as it happens before it has had the chance to set in. Having the tools at hand will help you remedy the problem on time. Also, when the spill happens, don’t rub it. Instead, blot it.

Here’s how to get bike oil stains out of your carpet:

  1. Lift away any greasy solids from fibres using the edge of your dull knife;
  2. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda – the substance will absorb the oil from the carpet fibres. Using a soft soft-bristled brush, work the powder into the fibres;
  3. Wait between 15 to 20 minutes for the product to do its job;
  4. Vacuum the powder off from the stain;
  5. Squirt a few drops of liquid dish soap onto the stain. Rub it in with the soft-bristle brush;
  6. Pour a small amount of lukewarm water over the area and blot it with your white piece of cloth. Soap studs might form, but that’s not a problem. Keep blotting until the liquid soap is completely gone from the carpet;
  7. Rinse the area. With a cloth dipped in clean water, remove any soapy residue. If you leave any residue, it will only attract more dirt and oil. Rinse as much as needed;
  8. Allow the carpet to dry completely. Afterwards, check if there are still traces of bicycle oil and repeat the process once again if necessary;

You can use the same methods to remove stains from upholstery. Just be careful not to use too much water.

If you have accidentally ruined your vehicle’s carpets or upholstery with machine oil, cover it as soon as possible with sand, baking soda or salt for small spots. That will absorb the oil and keep it from penetrating the fabric. Afterwards, you will probably need professional help with that, so book car valeting with deep interior cleaning.

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What you can do to prevent bike grease stains on your carpet

Still, the best method to get greasy stains out of the carpet is never to get it in the first place. After all, each spot cleaning leaves that place of the carpet a little bit used up. With that said, here are a few tips on how to hopefully prevent carpet stains.

  • Don’t step on the carpet with shoes – you step on all kinds of things when you’re outside. The best way to go about this is to have a wipe mat and a shoe rack right beside your front door. If it’s too late for the time being and you’ve already gotten your carpet dirty, check this guide on how to get mud out of your carpet.
  • Keep your bike clean – Whenever you ride your bike, you will accumulate dirt and grease. Consider an indoor storage solution that includes wall and floor protection.
  • Place protective rugs on high-traffic areas – small rugs are easier to maintain and cheaper than carpets. That’s why you should place them on carpet areas that often get soiled. And if you can’t successfully clean the rug, you can replace it easily. Alternatively, you can purchase plastic carpet protector sheets. 
  • Use a carpet protectant – you’ve likely heard about Scotchgard™. It’s probably the most famous product intended to protect carpets from stains. Add this to your carpets after cleaning to make them last longer and make them more resistant to chain oil and other hard-to-remove stains.

Hire a professional carpet cleaning company

If you cannot completely remove bike oil or grease stains from your carpet, then you should seek professional help. Fantastic Services works with experienced and fully equipped carpet technicians.

Hot water extraction will be used to remove carpet stains. We can also clean delicate, handwoven rugs with dry carpet cleaning methods. In the previous paragraph, you read about Scotchgard™; well, the technicians apply this after each carpet cleaning.

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Takeaways

  • Do not rub bike oil or grease stain because it will settle deeper into the carpet fibres. Blot the affected area instead. 
  • Treat the stain as soon as it happens.
  • Employ protective measures to minimise the chance of the carpet getting soiled.

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Did you manage to successfully remove the oil stain from the carpet? How did it go? let us know by commenting!

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