How to Clean Rubber Out of Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Mineral oil

  • Scrub brush

  • White towel

  • Turpentine

Clean Rubber Out of Carpet

Sticky rubber adhering to your carpet can be a nightmare to remove. A small patch of rubber from a shoe sole, the foot of a couch or another source, can often be removed with a bit of time and elbow grease. For large rubber stains, you may need to replace your carpet.


Step 1

Test mineral oil in an inconspicuous area of your carpet. Leave it on for 24 hours and look for any fading or change in color before proceeding.

Step 2

Douse a white rag cloth with mineral oil and use it to break up the rubber.

Step 3

Use the scrub brush to loosen the rubber pieces and brush them away. Work until there are no solid pieces of rubber left on the carpet--just a dark stain.

Step 4

Test the turpentine on a small, inconspicuous test patch. Leave it for 24 hours and assess.


Step 5

Dab turpentine on the stain with the white cloth. Press down on the cloth to soak up the black stain.

Step 6

When the stain has been removed, soak a clean cloth in water and apply it to the carpet to clean the area.


Kay Ireland

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.