WD-40 is a corrosion-preventing compound developed by chemist Norm Larsen. The name WD-40 represents the terminology used by Larsen while developing the formula: Water displacement, 40th attempt. Since it's development in 1953, WD-40 has been used for many other tasks in addition to avoiding corrosion. The silicone solution is used to grease squeaky hinges and helps remove stains. When an accidental application of WD-40 results in a grease stain, prompt cleanup using the right supplies and techniques lifts the stain.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Paper towels
- 1/2 tsp dishwashing detergent
- Clean cloths
- Rubbing alcohol
Cover the site of the WD-40 stain with baking soda to absorb the grease. Allow the baking soda to sit for 20 minutes, then wipe it off with a paper towel.
Mix 1/2 tsp dishwashing detergent with 1 qt. of warm water in a bucket. Wet a sponge in the soap solution before wringing out the excess moisture.
Wash the hard surfaced furniture, flooring or countertop with the soap solution to remove greasy residue. Rinse the surface with a damp sponge. Dry it with a clean, dry cloth.
Pour baking soda over the WD-40 stain on your carpeting. Leave the baking soda in place for at least 20 minutes to absorb the grease from the carpet fibres. Remove the baking soda by vacuuming the carpet. This step can be repeated, if necessary, to treat remaining WD-40 substance.
Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol. Blot the stain, from the outside of the stain moving in toward the middle, to break up grease residue and lift it from the carpet.
Sponge the carpet with a mild detergent solution made from 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent mixed into 1 qt. warm water. Gently rub the detergent into the fibres to remove the last trace of WD-40 grease residue.
Dampen a clean cloth with water and use it to rinse the carpet. Repeatedly dab at the carpet until all detergent is used. Press clean, dry cloths into the carpeting to aid the drying process. Let the carpet air dry the remainder of the way.
Tips and warnings
- WD-40 has a tendency to drip as you spray it. Hold paper towels beneath the intended surface to catch drips or bring the item outdoors before spraying.
- Alternative absorbents, such as cornstarch or baby powder, can be used to soak up a grease stain from WD-40.
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