Life can be wonderful, but life can also be oil and butter stains on your expensive, natural materials carpet, right? When it comes to stubborn stains that require thorough and exhausting carpet, upholstery and even curtain cleaning (we wonder how your family entertains themselves, really) only ink and nail polish stains could be more hard to deal with than oil and butter stains… and this is really not that optimistic and calming to know because ink and nail polish stains are too hard to handle. But let’s say that life and karma are good to you and they send you “only” oil and butter stains that are greasy, and nasty, and… well, you get the idea. Here is a short yet very helpful guide on how to get rid of the nasty stains!

Oil stains

Basic carpet cleaning skills plus a few extras are the game changer here, let’s go into more details. The first step is to start blotting the oil spill immediately as you notice its presence. Blot gently and never rub aggressively, because you will cause the stain to spread around and make things even worse. Use absorbent material cloth or towel. Then coat the stain with an absorbent powder such as baking soda or cornstarch (fun fact, baking soda is also very good for neutralising heavy smells) and let it sit for overnight. The next day vacuum thoroughly and check to see if the stain has disappeared. If not, don’t worry, because we have more advice for you! Try a grease-fighting dish soap to remove the remaining stain. Mix the washing detergent with a bit of water and apply on the stain. Blot gently and allow the product to soak for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with water and blot up the soapy residue and excess water.

Butter stains

Start with scraping off as much butter as you can, a butter knife or a spoon will do the trick. Next, lightly sprinkle the stain with an absorbent powder with baking soda or cornstarch and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum. Repeat the step if necessary. Now, go back over the stain using a soapy mixture of dishwashing detergent and a bit of water. This mixture is quick and easy to prepare and should be effective enough in removing the stain. When you have finished with gently rubbing the butter stain, remember to rinse with water and blot the excess with a towel. If the stain remains, apply a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent with a sponge, blot until the stain fades away and that is all!

Congratulations, you are now the master of butter and oil stains removing from carpets and other sort of fabrics around the house. Be proud and be brave in the kitchen, because no matter what happens, no matter if you go a butter cray-cray at some point of the month, you now have mastered the basic and very helpful skills of domestic slave… uhm, to a good housewife we meant to say!