How to remove olive oil from suede

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How to remove olive oil from suede
Olive oil can leave a noticeable stain on suede. (Bottle of Olive Oil image by kellykramer from

Suede is a type of leather used for furniture, handbags, purses, and shoes. It is important to protect suede as much as possible, because stains are hard to remove from this particular material. If grease or oil, like olive oil, gets onto suede, it's important to act quickly so that the stain can be completely removed.

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Things you need

  • Talcum powder
  • Cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Suede brush

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  1. 1

    Sprinkle a generous amount of talcum powder onto the olive oil stain. Leave it on overnight. The talcum powder will absorb a large amount of the oil.

  2. 2

    Sweep a suede brush over the area the next day to brush away the powder.

  3. 3

    Pour a small amount of white vinegar onto a soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Rub the vinegar into the stain.

  5. 5

    Let the area air dry.

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