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If you have a personal silicone lubricant in your house, then chances are that at one point, the contents WILL find their way onto your favorite carpet or fabrics.
Result? An ugly, greasy stain that may become a big problem if you don’t take care of it soon.
To clean silicone lube from your carpet, you will need some dry clean cloths, warm water, and dish soap.
But, how do these help in the fight against lube stains?
Let’s find out!
What You’ll Need
Before you start cleaning, you’ll need:
- Cool water
- Dish soap or laundry detergent
- Dry, cleaning cloths
- Cleaning bowl
Method #1: Dish-Soap It
Silicone lubes are a pretty greasy affair. This means you have to get on your heels as soon as you can and clean up the mess or it’ll turn into your arch-nemesis.
So, how do you remove silicone lube goo from your carpet? Just follow the steps below:
- Dab at the stain. Take one of the cleaning cloths and dip it in some water to make it just damp enough. Don’t let it soak as too much moisture will make the whole thing only messier and give you more work in the end.
- Put some liquid dish soap on the stained surface. For this, you can directly apply just a few drops of the liquid soap by squeezing it down from the original packaging. Assuming that the size of the lube patch on your carpet is not that big, you’ll only add a few drops.
- Let it sit in. Allow the liquid dish soap to set into the depths of your carpet’s layers. This step allows it to lift and break down the greasy compounds of the silicone lube. It also makes it easier to wipe when going for the rinse.
- Rinse the carpet. The best way is by blotting the cleaned spot with a fresh, damp cloth. After every blot, rinse the cloth in water to remove all the soap. Then, repeat the rinse until the stain clears out.
⚠️ Avoid exposing the stained area of your carpet to hot water or other sources of heat unless you are completely certain that you’ve defeated the stain. Otherwise, applying heat on silicone lube stain will only cause it to set in deeper so it becomes harder to clean!
Method #2: Enter Laundry Detergent
If the above process does not completely take care of the business, there is also a plan B.
To go about this:
- Make a simple carpet treatment paste. For this, all you will need is to mix some little water with powdered laundry detergent in a separate cleaning bowl.
- Apply it to the stain. You may use a spoon (or your fingers if need be) to scoop and spread the cleaning paste over the stubborn stain. Make sure that you spread it evenly and cover every inch of the stain to get the best results.
- Leave the paste to set in. Just like in the first process above, let the cleaning paste set in for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse off the paste. Take a clean cloth (microfiber’s best!) and dampen it with a little water and blot it over the detergent. Start from the outer areas and work in towards the center of the stain to prevent the moisture from getting to other areas of the carpet.
- Let it dry. Air-dry the carpet and ensure that there is enough ventilation in the room to prevent ‘rotting’ of the fibers. (In fact, there are many ways to help your carpet dry faster!)
Method #3: Steam Clean It
If you’ve gone through both steps and the stain still insists on being your guest, then, perhaps, steam cleaning is the last big gun you can use in the fight.
When tiny stains like this one refuse to clear out, I normally use that as an excuse to do a full revamp of my home carpets.
And nothing does it quite like a good old steam cleaner!
Just a little water in the device’s canister, some heat, and pressure, and your carpet will magically whirl into the previous chic version of itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does silicone lube leave a stain on the carpet?
Silicone can leave bothering stains on your carpet.
This is because silicone lubricants have a sticky element in their compound that makes them bind so tightly on carpet fibers. If you don’t clean the mess almost immediately, then the greasiness may create a stain and cling onto your carpet’s piles for a very long time.
How do you get silicone out of fabric?
You may use a laundry stain remover of your choice to remove silicone stain from fabrics.
On the other hand, you can also use a washing machine if the stain is more stubborn. However, you’ll have to use your top-shelf washing detergents if you want to make a grandstand against the stain.