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Old 10-23-2013, 08:51 PM
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Don't keep Rotella T in your car.

For years I have kept all my auto supplies in the cars I have been working on. No problems even in dead summer here in Texas.

About a month ago I bought some Rotella T on sale and put it in the back floor of my car. Two windows have been lowered about a quarter inch, so heat would not build up. Two gallons of Delo have been there for years with no problem.

I now have one gallon of Rotella T in the carpet. Good thing I got working on the car tonight, the other gallon jug was all warped just waiting to dump.

I take a lot of the blame for assuming that the packaging would work as it should. On the bright side, I did not have the oil in the house when this happened.

Any suggestions for the best way to get oil out of carpet?

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:56 PM
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I had a partial gallon of dino Rotella in the basement. Picked it up the other day and the bottom corner of the container had disappeared. Weird.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:01 PM
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I used the hand cleaner from Autozone to clean my carpet when I made a similar mistake. The same hand cleaner used to remove grease form working on your car.

You can also use Dawn in the blue bottle.

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:01 PM
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We kept Rotella in the trunk of the 240D through two AZ summers without issue a couple of years ago. Must be some new packaging thing.
We did however keep it inside a rubbermaid tote with other essential stuff. Personally I wouldn't put any container of any automotive fluid on bare carpet in a trunk.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:13 PM
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You might try diluting some dawn dishwashing detergent and allowing it to stand for ten minutes. Then, use a spray bottle with water to lightly mist the carpet, then lift out by pressing a bath towel downward into the carpet. Continue to change the bath towel to a clean side. I've used dawn detergent to get diesel oil out of sheep skin seat covers and it worked a MIRACLE by removing every trace of the oil!!
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Purple cleaner.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:36 PM
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Purple cleaner.
Are we talking about "Purple Power"?? If so, that stuff is powerful and you have to be careful what materials you use it on, especially full strength. German carpet is E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E to replace.
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It comes under a variety of names I think. Yes, it's very powerful. Use with care.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:36 AM
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Must be some new packaging thing.
That's what I believe based on personal experience. For years I've poured used oil/etc into empty 1 gal. water jugs that sat around forever without issue. Lately I see them leaking after 2-3 months.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:54 AM
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Purple power is a joke. Castrol superclean is where its at
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That is not fun... thank you.


before surfactants , use mechanical removal methods - pressure washer comes to mind. Works great - I promise.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:09 AM
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Home Depot sells a small shop vac - about $30 - that is a real workhorse. Stinger or something. They double as a wet-vac, you need to take the filter out, just a paper thing held on by a large rubber band. Has a little float ball that keeps rising liquid from entering and damaging the motor. I use it on carpet all the time as sort of a poor man's steam cleaner. Use whatever soap you have in mind, and I second hand cleaner and Dawn, agitate and then apply hot water, agitate again and vacuum it all up. Repeat. And repeat again.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:40 AM
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Take the carpet out, you've got oil underneath. Kitty litter will soak up and dry the metal surfaces, then shop vac. For the carpet, I wanna say do the same, kitty litter until the carpet is dry, shop vac, then with some high traffic carpet soap, suds and brush, hose out, repeat, and shop vac dry. The carpet should hold its shape. As for the carpet pad, those are likely done for...
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:44 AM
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I used the hand cleaner from Autozone to clean my carpet when I made a similar mistake. The same hand cleaner used to remove grease form working on your car.

You can also use Dawn in the blue bottle.

Good Luck

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:26 AM
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Years ago a friend told me of a time when his dad had a similar accident and shortly after that, the vehicle, a Jeep, was reported as stolen and a short time later it was found at the deep end of a boat launch.

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