It is winter and all projects have moved indoors. Now when I say all projects, I also mean that all of my sons projects have come indoors as well.
My son bought a new tire for his motorcycle. He needed to take the old one off the rim and replace it. I thought nothing of it. He likes to tinker with his motorcycle himself, instead of paying someone else to do it and I quite admire that in him. But here is where the admiration became a total gut sinking horror!
We have 3 small rooms downstairs in the basement. One is the laundry area with the freezer that doubles as my craft/work table. The second is my sewing room. Then there is a larger room that is my sons computer room. One day I had to go looking for a tool that I figured had probably ended up in his room. When I walked in I was greeted with a note lying on the floor.
What the heck is this! Well I lifted the foam mat and there it was. Something from a horror movie! It was huge, black and appeared to be shifting and moving around. No, it wasn’t moving. That was me swaying back and forth trying not to faint and knock myself unconscious on the corner of his desk as I fell to the grease embedded carpet!
All I kept thinking was “NO THIS IS NOT HAPPENING” and “I CAN NOT AFFORD TO REPLACE A CARPET!”
Well I would, but I wish it was the living room carpet, as opposed to the basement, in a room that I never use. All the carpets in this house are old and could use an update but we have a dog so I am not going to fuss over old carpets anyway. But this was a disaster and I had no idea what I was going to do. THANK GOODNESS FOR GOOGLE!
I googled my life away and watched YouTube videos until I was comfortable enough to attempt the chore at hand. How To Remove Grease Stains From A Carpet!
Now every single post and video said to get some Denatured Solvent. I really did not know what the heck that was but assumed I would find it at the hardware store. I quickly learned that no one at the hardware stores knew what I was talking about. Could be that I am in Canada and we call it something else. There was a nice young fella in one hardware store that googled it but he had the same far away look that everyone else did. So going down the isles I came upon this stuff that sounded like what I had read in one of the posts. It was called Methyl Hydrate. I bought it, came home and went to work.
Now each post that I had read on the subject said to pour cornstarch over the stain first. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then vacuum it up. Seriously I don’t think that it did a darn thing. I flicked some of it off the stain to see if it absorbed anything but it looked just the same to me and the cornstarch itself was still white.
Next I poured some of the Methyl Hydrate onto a clean cloth then patted it into the stain. I worked it in and sponged away. The posts also stated not to rub it into the carpet. The rubbing action would separate the carpet fibers and you would end up with a fuzzy looking spot. So pat pat pat I went. It did seem to be working, but not all that great and I was working up a sweat by now.
As I sat there thinking this is going to take a week to get this stain out, I thought about rubbing alcohol. That stuff is a wonder chemical and has been around forever. It has more uses than vinegar! So I zipped into the laundry room and grabbed the bottle of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and started on the second stain. Here is a look half way through the treatment.
Now this was working much better and it was quite a bit faster than the other stuff. I worked on the areas for about an hour and am quite pleased with the results.
There are still a couple small spots I need to work on but I give the rubbing alcohol a huge thumbs up and is the winner in my books for getting grease out of your carpet!
So there you have it, a disaster averted and I won’t become homeless for the new year due to my landlord throwing me out for grease on the carpet.