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How to Remove Oil Stains From Upholstery

Updated February 21, 2017

Oil stains are a problem that is present in many homes from time to time. Upholstery on furniture is especially susceptible to these stains, as greasy food, body lotion or even hair oils can easily rub off and produce a stain on your upholstery. Luckily you can remove this stains quickly and effectively with the right products. Instead of paying for high priced commercial products, grab a few items from your kitchen cupboard.

Sprinkle a thick coating of cornflour or baking powder onto the stain, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Either of these items is an absorbing agent, which will pull most if not all of the oil out of the upholstery without damaging the upholstery itself.

Gather the baking powder with a paper towel and discard.

Pour a drop of liquid dish soap onto an old toothbrush, and scrub the dish soap into the stain. The soap will naturally break up and remove the grease or oil. Repeat until the entire stain has been removed, reapplying fresh dish soap and scrubbing more as needed.

Moisten a paper towel with water and blot the stained area to remove any remaining dish soap or oil, and allow the area to air dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch or baking powder
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Paper towels
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.