One of the most effective remedies for oil stains on carpets or rugs is plain old fashioned baking soda. Almost nothing absorbs oil better. Liberally cover the oil stain with some baking soda, rub it into stain and let it dry for about ½ hour. Then brush up and vacuum as usual.
Corn Starch also works well for oil stains in carpets. Basically it is the same as the baking soda remedy above. Sprinkle a liberal amount of corn starch over oil stain and rub it in, let it sit for about ½ hour then brush clean and follow up with a vacuum.
In many cases rubbing alcohol can remove oil stains from carpets or rugs as well. (Be sure however to test in a small hidden area to ensure there will be no discoloring of carpet.)
Blot the oil stain with a clean paper towel, a brown bag, or strangely enough a piece of white bread. Be sure to blot and not rub however because you do not want to spread stain. Then follow up by adding a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean washcloth, towel or paper towel. Continue to blot over the area (again do not rub). For larger stains you might need to repeat more than once.
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