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How To Remove Olive Oil Stains from Carpet & Upholstery

Olive oil is a staple in many kitchens, known for its flavour and versatility. However, accidents happen, and if you've found yourself with an olive oil spill on your carpet, you may be wondering how to remove it effectively.

Same goes for vegetable oil spills, how to remove them are exactly the same as olive oil except there is more of a smelly odour from vegetable oil!

In this blog, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to tackle and eliminate those stubborn olive oil stains from your carpet, allowing it to regain its pristine condition.

Vanquishing Olive Oil Stains from Carpet: The Quick Version

To remove olive oil stains from your carpet and upholstery, follow these steps:

  1. Blot away as much excess olive oil as possible from the carpet

  2. Sprinkle baking soda onto the stained area to absorb the oil & allow to sit for 15 minutes

  3. Vacuum the powder away with a vacuum cleaner

  4. Use a mild cleaning solution of warm water and mild detergent to tackle the remaining stain

  5. Rinse, blot and allow to dry. Repeat as necessary

For the full and detailed guide, read below:

Step 1: Act Quickly

As with any stain, the key to successful removal is prompt action. The longer the olive oil sits on the carpet, the deeper it can penetrate the fibres, making it more challenging to remove. So, waste no time and address the stain as soon as possible.

The last thing you want to do is allow it to dry as this will potentially soak the fibres and damage your carpet.

Step 2: Blot the Excess Oil

Using a clean cloth or paper towels, gently blot the affected area to absorb as much excess oil as you can. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it may spread and further embed the oil into the carpet fibres.

Make sure you are keeping an eye on your paper towel and always use the dry side, otherwise you will just be working the olive oil into the carpet.

Step 3: Use an Absorbent Material

To tackle the remaining oil, sprinkle an absorbent material such as baking soda, corn-starch, or talcum powder generously over the stain. These substances will help absorb the oil and lift it from the carpet fibres.

Whichever one you have to hand will fulfil the desired result. Just be careful not to use too much of it and don't allow them to sit on the carpet for more than one hour.

Step 4: Let it Sit and Absorb

Allow the absorbent material to sit on the stain for at least 15 minutes, giving it ample time to draw out the oil. During this time, the powder will gradually change in appearance, indicating that it's absorbing the oil.

Step 5: Vacuum the Powder

After the designated time has passed, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the powder and oil residue from the carpet. Be thorough and make multiple passes to ensure you've removed all the absorbent material.

Step 6: Assess the Stain

Check the carpet to evaluate the extent of the remaining stain. If there's still visible residue, proceed to the next step for further treatment.

Step 7: Prepare a Cleaning Solution

Mix a mild liquid dish soap or a grease-cutting detergent with warm water. Create a solution with a ratio of one tablespoon of soap to two cups of water. Stir the mixture gently to ensure the soap is fully dissolved.

Step 8: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Dampen a clean cloth or sponge with the cleaning solution and blot the stained area. Work from the outside of the stain towards the centre, gradually lifting the oil from the carpet fibres. Avoid scrubbing, as it may damage the carpet.

Step 9: Rinse and Blot

Take another clean cloth or sponge dampened with clean water and blot the area to rinse away the soap residue. Repeat this process until the carpet feels soap-free when touched.

Step 10: Allow to Dry

Allow the carpet to air dry completely before using the area. Open windows or use fans to expedite the drying process. Avoid walking on the damp carpet to prevent any additional staining or damage.

Step 11: Evaluate and Repeat if Needed

Inspect the treated area once it's dry. If there are still traces of the olive oil stain, consider repeating the cleaning process or consult a professional carpet cleaner for further assistance.


Olive oil spills on your carpet don't have to be a permanent mark. By acting swiftly and following these steps, you can effectively remove those pesky stains and restore your carpet's original appearance. Remember to blot, not rub, use absorbent materials, and apply the appropriate cleaning solution. With a little effort and patience, your carpet will be oil-free and ready to grace your home once again.

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