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Oil has been used in food preparation pretty much since the beginning of time. Even if cooking oil is meant to be used in the kitchen and meant to stay there, sometimes accidents do happen and oil makes its way onto your rugs. 

Over the centuries cooking oil process has been refined and perfected that more efficiently extract and refine oil from different types of vegetables and seeds. 

This has been great for consumers because it creates a purer, safer product for them to use, but not so good for having to clean up accidents. In fact, the purer the oil the deeper it can penetrate rugs and fabrics.

Remember, for oil that is derived from animals, or oil that is used for mechanical purposes, different methods will be used. For instance, please refer to our complete cake stain removal guide. 

Use this simple cleaning method to get vegetable-based cooking oil out of the rug and make your rug looks great again!

For effective solutions on rug pet stain removal, follow our expert tips and ensure your rug stays clean and fresh


“When it comes to vegetable oils the purer the oil the deeper it is able to penetrate rugs and fabrics”


1. Equipment Needed


  1. Terry cloth
  2. Baking soda
  3. Cold water
  4. Mild dish soap


2. Steps 

1. Blot up as much excess oil as possible with rag or terry cloth.

2. Liberally apply baking soda directly to stain and let sit for a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 24 hours.

3. After you feel the powder has sat on the stain long enough, vacuum all the baking soda up thoroughly and see if stain has disappeared, if not proceed to the next step.

4. Mix 1 cup of cold water with 1 tablespoon of mild dish detergent and apply mixture directly to stain, let sit for 5-10 minutes to allow time for dish detergent to cut through oil.

5. Rinse stain thoroughly with cold water and blot up with clean terry cloth.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the oil stain is completely gone.

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Author: David Khazai
Author: David Khazai

David Khazai is a 5th-generation rug proficient and certified rug appraiser. As an omniscient author, he explores components and symbolism, making him an exceptional expert in the rug cleaning & repair industry

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