How to Remove Oil Stains From Leather Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Removing stains from leather furniture requires a non-aggressive approach to ensure the material stays intact. Leather provides a cleaning surface that allows dirt and animal hair to lift easily, but stains such as oil can penetrate the material. Leather absorbs liquids, needing a product to pull the stain from the fabric. After removing stains, leather requires reconditioning to keep it from cracking and becoming stiff.

Blot oil from the leather furniture with a clean cloth. Gently dab at the oil and fold the cloth to expose a clean area as you continue blotting. Avoid wiping the stain, as it could spread the oil to other areas of the furniture.

Sprinkle talcum powder generously over the entire oil stain. Pour enough powder over the oil stain so it completely blocks out the leather surface. Allow the powder to absorb the oil for four hours or overnight.

Wipe the powder from the leather with a damp cloth.

Pour 2 tbsp of leather conditioner onto a clean cloth. Rub the conditioner into the leather to restore shine and protect it against stains.


Treat oil spills on leather as soon as possible to keep them from permanently discolouring the furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Talcum powder
  • Leather conditioner
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