How to remove body-oil stains from leather

Written by tammi clements
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Finding perspiration or body-oil stains on your clothing or furniture can be frustrating. When those stains are found on a fabric as delicate as leather, it becomes even more upsetting. Before you rush off to purchase expensive cleaning products or call in the cleaning professionals, there is a very simple home remedy that will remove those nasty stains without damaging the leather. The method is quick and only requires a few supplies, all of which can be found in most homes. Follow this remedy and your leather will be oil-free in no time.

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Things you need

  • Cornflour
  • Soft dry cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle cornflour on the stain. Use just enough cornflour to completely cover the oil stain.

  2. 2

    Rub the cornflour into the oil stain using a circular motion. Continue rubbing until you feel heat from the friction of the leather on the tips of your fingers.

  3. 3

    Let the cornflour sit overnight.

  4. 4

    Wipe the cornflour away using a clean dry cloth.

  5. 5

    Vacuum any remaining cornstarch residue from the spot using a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment.

Tips and warnings

  • If cornstarch is unavailable, talc powder may be used as a substitute.
  • Never use water to clean an oil stain on leather. The water will cause the oil to spread and increase the size of the stain.

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