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How to get olive oil out of leather

Updated March 23, 2017

Olive oil can clean and condition your leather surfaces, but if you apply too much olive oil you may end up with a stubborn stain. The leather soaks up the oil and cleaning solutions cannot budge it. Although it may seem like an effective method to clean up the oil, applying solvents to the leather does not remove the olive oil. Sometimes these solvents can even cause the oil to spread, making a larger stain. Absorbent materials such as cornstarch actually draw the oil from the leather, leaving no residue behind.

Sprinkle a light layer of cornstarch directly onto the olive oil stain.

Rub the cornstarch lightly into the leather until you feel the leather becoming warmer under your fingers. Be careful not to scratch the leather or rub too hard. As the leather warms, the pores open and the cornstarch can absorb the olive oil.

Wipe away the cornstarch with a dry, soft cloth and check to see if the olive oil stain is still present.

Repeat the cornstarch until the olive oil is completely removed. Depending on the size of the olive oil stain, you may need to repeat this process several times. With patience, you can remove even large stains.

Tip

If you have dark-coloured leather, test the cornstarch in an inconspicuous location first. You can also use talc powder if you do not have cornstarch. As with all stains, clean the olive oil from your leather as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Clean, soft cloth
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Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.