How to Get Transmission Fluid Out of Carpet


Transmission fluid is a combination of 80-90% oil and 10-20% water. It is designed to lubricate the components inside your transmission. Over time, transmission fluid breaks down and needs to be replaced when dirty or contaminated with water. Transmission fluid also gets burnt when transmissions get hot, like when driving up hills.

Cleaning your car’s carpet with fresh transmission fluid will remove any old or hard-to-get-out carpet stains, in addition to rubbing in new lubricant into the fibers of the rug. Not only does it make them look better, but it makes your car smell nice and avoids dry spots on hot days where perspiration leaks through your shoes and onto your floorboards (gross). In this article, I will discuss how to get transmission fluid out of carpet. So let us get started.

How to Get Transmission Fluid Out of Carpet

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Get Transmission Fluid Out of Carpet

Step 1:

Identify the fluid. This is always the most challenging step in any process, but fortunately, Identify the fluid. This is always the most challenging step in any process, but fortunately, in this case, it is also relatively easy.

Transmission fluid (also known as automatic transmission fluid) is a reddish-pink liquid with an oily viscosity and pungent smell. The transmission fluid quality is usually measured by color; the darker, the better (for most fluids). Transmission fluid may come in contact with your skin or eyes if not cleaned immediately, so protect yourself before proceeding to Step 2.

Step 2:

Apply baking soda. Baking soda alkalizes substances that it comes into contact with, which will neutralize the high acid content of transmission fluid, making it harmful to your health and difficult to remove. Baking soda also absorbs unpleasant odors, preventing the musty carpet smell of transmission fluid from spreading across the room.

Mix Baking Soda and Water for Making Pest

Mix 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply this paste directly onto the spot where the transmission fluid was spilled.

Step 3:

Scrape up solid debris or blot the dry liquid with paper towels or rags. Carefully collect any large chunks of debris by scraping it up with a plastic utensil (metal can scratch your flooring). If a residual liquid did not soak into the padding, blot it off entirely rather than wiping since you do not want to spread it around further or force it deeper into your expensive carpet fibers.

Step 4:

Blot remaining liquid with paper towels. If the carpet has absorbed some of the trans fluid, you can further absorb it by applying more baking soda and letting it sit again. Then use paper towels to pick up as much excess liquid as possible. Replace paper towels frequently to avoid spreading or smearing the trans fluid across your carpet.

Step 5:

Allow the area to dry completely overnight. Use a fan or heater to expedite evaporation or fully submerge in a tub of water if time is an issue.

Using Heater to Expedite Evaporation

Step 6:

Vacuum thoroughly once dry. This will remove any residual baking soda and leftover debris from fluids other than transmission fluid, such as engine oil which is much darker and thicker than transmission fluid and tends to have a much more pungent smell even after being cleaned with baking soda and water.

Precautions While Getting Transmission Fluid Out of Carpet

While getting transmission fluid out of the carpet, you must take care of a few precautions. A few essential precautions are as follows:

1. Don’t wear clothes while working in a contaminated transmission fluid area.

2. Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses before you start working on your car or motorcycle (if there is a possibility that it may be hot and splashing). But, again, it is better to be safe than sorry later!

3. Carefully blot up any excess oil with paper towels or cloths, so you don’t smear it across the fibers in the carpet. Blotting also means pulling up at least some of the oil from deep within the fibers instead of just spreading it around into a bigger mess, which you will have to clean up later.

4. Use a blotting motion with your paper towels or cloths to avoid spreading the oil around on the surface of the carpet fibers. If you rub or scrub, you will push the oil into deeper layers of the carpet padding, which may be more challenging to remove.

5. Be sure to wear rubber gloves under your fingernails, so oils don’t transfer from skin contact.

Dilute with water and blot up as much as possible with absorbent materials such as rags or paper towels before applying any commercial cleaners like detergents, degreasers, solvents (harsh chemicals), or deodorizer (which only mask).

7. Always test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous spot before applying any cleaner product or substance to your carpet.

8. If you suspect that the spill has reached the padding, remove the carpet and discard the padding if it is saturated with oil. It will not be possible to clean it without causing damage to your carpeting.

Is Transmission Fluid Harmful?

Transmission fluid is non-toxic, so spilling it on your entire carpet won’t harm you or your family. However, it may stain the rug and make it difficult to clean.

Transmission Fluid Is Non-toxic

If the spill is significant enough, you may need to dispose of some pieces of your floor carpet if they cannot be cleaned successfully. Contact a local professional cleaner for advice; don’t try to tackle this yourself!

As long as you clean transmission fluid from your car (see below), you can rest easy knowing there won’t be any harmful effects on either your family or the environment.

Can You Vacuum Out Transmission Fluid?

This is a question many people ask since transmission fluid can spill on carpeted areas, primarily if you work in your car. Vacuuming out the excess dirt and debris isn’t difficult with the right kind of machine. If you have pets, kids, or are known to drop food on the floor. It’s good to see this trick.

If you don’t have an industrial vacuum cleaner that can suck up excess fluid quickly, try these tips:

  • Pour some flour onto the spot where the transmission fluid spilled. This will help absorb any remaining liquid that may be present.
  • Scrape off as much of the remaining solid material as possible before vacuuming it up. Use a dull, putty knife instead of a sharp object that can penetrate or cut the carpet.
  • Use a shop vacuum with a good quality filter to remove as much of the residual fluid as possible from your carpeting after you have scraped up all the excess solid material. A car vacuum cleaner will do in a pinch, but it won’t work as efficiently or effectively on larger spills. If you don’t already have access to a good filter, look for machines used by contractors for this purpose, such as those found at amazon .com.
  • Spray some laundry spot remover over any remaining residue and blot with paper towels before vacuuming away any liquid residue left behind using crevice tools or corner brushes to reach further into the fibers of your carpeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Vacuum Out Transmission Fluid?

Yes, you can. A common mistake that many people make is thinking that transmission fluid cannot be vacuumed out of the system and that it must be drained. However, this is not true.

When a transmission fluid leak occurs, it is best to find the leak and repair it before attempting to vacuum out the transmission fluid from the system because otherwise you may create more damage than good.

What Soaks Transmission Fluid?

Fluid can soak through a paper towel, or even an old t-shirt. A good option is to use a clean cloth, which will absorb the fluid and leave no trace of residue.

Fluid Can Soak Through a Paper Towel

What Color Is Clean Transmission Fluid?

Blue transmission fluid is the most common type of transmission fluid used in automobiles. It is generally a mixture of synthetic and mineral oil that is dyed blue to create a bright color.

There are two types of fluids: standard and high-performance. Standard transmission fluid has additives such as detergents, friction modifiers, and corrosion inhibitors. High-performance fluids have more additives that are designed to reduce wear on internal components and improve performance.

Does Dawn Dish Soap Remove Oil From Concrete?

Dawn is a dish soap that has been around for over 50 years. It is effective in cleaning dishes and other surfaces such as counters, sinks, bathtubs, showers, toilets, and porcelain or tile floors.

Dawn can be used to remove oil from concrete but it is not recommended because of the damage it may cause to the surface.


I hope this article has been effective for learning how to get transmission fluid out of carpet. Ensure all the precautions while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!

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