How do I get grease & oil stains off the seats of my mercury tracer?

Grease and oil stains on the seats of your Mercury Tracer are unsightly and quickly soak into the fibres of the upholstery. Treating the stains promptly will result in the most success for removal. Even dried or old oil stains can be effectively removed from the seats of your Mercury Tracer if you use the proper products and techniques.

Remove as much of the fresh oil or grease as possible. Scoop up the oil or grease with a plastic spoon. Do this carefully so not to spread the substance onto unaffected areas of the seats.

Blot the stain with paper towels to further remove the oil or grease. Apply pressure when blotting and switch to clean paper towels as one becomes soiled.

Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch onto the stain if the stain. Allow it to set for at least an hour. Brush the powder from the seat with a hand-held broom.

Treat old and new stains alike once any fresh oil or grease has been removed. Apply a few drops of liquid dish soap directly to the stain. Choose a dish soap that has a degreasing agent included.

Add a few drops of water to the stain using a medicine dropper. Blot the stained seat with a clean rag, working the dish soap into the stain. Continue blotting, switching to clean parts of the rag, until the stain has lifted.

Fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. This will be used to rinse the soap from the fabric, as well as further remove the oil or grease from deep into the fibres of the upholstery.

Spray the solution liberally onto the stained area of the seat. Blot the seat with a clean, dry rag until all of the soap residue is gone. Allow the seat to air dry.

Use rubbing alcohol if the stain persists. Moisten a clean rag with rubbing alcohol and blot the stain. Apply more alcohol, switching to clean parts of the rag, until the stain has lifted.


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the seat prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Talcum powder or cornstarch
  • Hand-held broom
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Medicine dropper
  • Rags
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.