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#2354438 - 08/22/11 05:37 PM Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean?
GMFan Offline


Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 1760
Loc: NC
I had to add half a quart of oil to the motor on Friday and I put a half quart of opened oil in the trunk (I've never had problems with this before). Sunday I had to load a cake in the trunk and to my surprise 1/4 quart of oil had leaked out from the quart of oil. I had tightened the cap really tight when I had placed it back in the trunk but I found it almost half unscrewed from the bottle.

I first used a bunch of paper towels to soak up/blot the oil as best I could...then I used a clean rag to soak up as much as possible. Today I used dish detergent and a rag + scrubbing brush to wash/shampoo the carpet and then I dried with a clean rag to soak up all the water. Now it is air drying. However, if I run my hand over the carpet I still get slightly oily hands.

Does anybody have tips on how to best clean this up. Would dumping kitty litter on the carpet and vacuuming it up work well or are there other methods to try? I know that works on concrete but carpet is a different story.

Thanks for any suggestions.


Edited by GMFan (08/22/11 05:45 PM)
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#2354441 - 08/22/11 05:42 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 09/13/03
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Loc: Waterloo, ON
Spray with dish soap, or better yea Castrol Super clean. Then pour boiling water from a kettle and suck up with a shop-vac. You will be eating off your carpet in no time... LOL


Edited by Bluestream (08/22/11 05:42 PM)
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#2354449 - 08/22/11 05:52 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 09/04/08
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Loc: Western Washington

Remove the rug from the trunk, wash and scrub with Dawn dishwashing soap a couple of times, that should do it.
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#2354456 - 08/22/11 05:58 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Follow hate2work instructions, it will be cleaned after a couple washes with dishwashing soap.
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#2354464 - 08/22/11 06:08 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
FL_Rob Offline


Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 1498
Loc: gulf coast FL.U.S.
Remove ALL trunk lining materials and thoroughly wash them in Dawn or other.Then clean trunk metal with degreaser.dry ....re-install.

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#2354482 - 08/22/11 06:23 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 02/19/07
Posts: 2336
Loc: Chicago IL USA
Yep, you're gonna have to pull the trunk liner. It sucks, believe me. My folks spilled a bottle of liquid laundry soap in the trunk of their Town Car, took forever to get it out.

FWIW, Dawn or Joy both cut through grease like nobody's business but Joy rinses cleaner. Hose the liner down, scrub with Joy, rinse, repeat ad nauseum.

And next time, keep oil bottles or anything else what can spill in a plastic box. Or just add the entire quart and throw the bottle away!
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#2354578 - 08/22/11 07:38 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
And whatever you do, the stain probably isn't going to come out.
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#2354766 - 08/22/11 10:43 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 120
Loc: CO
Been there, done that on a floor mat. Here is what I did: blot as much of the oil with a rag. Then, use non-chlorinated brake cleaner- saturate and blot until it is clean. Be sure to use in a well ventilated area. For me, it was 2-3 attempts and all was clean, with no apparent "return" of the stain.

I used this on my seat cloth when the tire guy stained it. It was quick and easy to clean- no worries!

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#2354774 - 08/22/11 10:57 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Blot, then use baking soda, replace regularly. After that stops picking any up, use woolite oxy deep. Has worked great on light carpets for me.

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#2354880 - 08/23/11 05:55 AM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 10/10/08
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Loc: Sunny Florida
diatomaceous earth from the pool store works great on oil spots
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#2354908 - 08/23/11 07:20 AM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8608
Loc: Western NY
GMFan, is this in your new '11 M-6? OMG!

I agree with everyone's replys here as-far-as cleaning the trunk carpet and it's worth a try but, if this doesn't work to your liking it's not worth it. Maybe throwing it away and getting another one would make more sence. If the whole carpet and matting/insulation can be removed, replace it!
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#2354915 - 08/23/11 07:28 AM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: milehigh]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: milehighhyundai
Been there, done that on a floor mat. Here is what I did: blot as much of the oil with a rag. Then, use non-chlorinated brake cleaner- saturate and blot until it is clean. Be sure to use in a well ventilated area. For me, it was 2-3 attempts and all was clean, with no apparent "return" of the stain.

I used this on my seat cloth when the tire guy stained it. It was quick and easy to clean- no worries!


Since brake cleaner is basically dry cleaning goo, I'm not surprised it worked. Great plan. thumbsup

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#2355076 - 08/23/11 10:52 AM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
odie Offline


Registered: 04/27/10
Posts: 1654
Loc: New York
Window cleaner , cuts through it very well . Use it for cleaning engine ( drain pan , etc.) , the floor ( drips ) , and hands during O.C..


Edited by odie (08/23/11 10:54 AM)

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#2355088 - 08/23/11 11:05 AM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
SLCraig Offline


Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 5505
Loc: London, ON, Canada
I always use Spray Nine to clean greasy type messes from carpet or upholstry.. Or anything else really. That stuff is the cats meow.
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#2355453 - 08/23/11 04:30 PM Re: Spilled Motor Oil on Carpet - How to Clean? [Re: GMFan]
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 2264
Loc: Texas
Dawn dish soap
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