How to Clean Oil From Furniture

Written by april dowling
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How to Clean Oil From Furniture
Oil stains can ruin the appearance of light-coloured furniture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Greasy foods and body lotions are common sources of oil stains on furniture. Stains become more difficult to remove the longer they remain on upholstered surfaces. Promptly treat oil stains to prevent them from setting. There are basic cleaning solutions that can effectively remove oil from furniture.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plastic spoon
  • Non-dyed cotton cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Clean, non-dyed towel

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  1. 1

    Scrape off or blot up any excess oil on the upholstery.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the upholstery to absorb the oil stain. Allow the baking soda to set on the upholstery for 15 minutes. Vacuum the area.

  3. 3

    Blot the oil stain with dry-cleaning solvent using a non-dyed cotton cloth. Repeat until the stain disappears.

  4. 4

    Blot the upholstery with a clean, non-dyed towel. Allow it to air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Test all products on a small, inconspicuous portion of the furniture to prevent damage or discolouration.

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