How to get oil out of massage sheets

Oils are used during massage to help hands move more smoothly over the skin to manipulate muscles. A lack of oil causes friction and can impede the masseuse's ability to provide you with an effective massage. During massage, oils often transfer from the body to the sheets covering the massage table. These stains are par for the course and must be removed regularly to keep the massage sheets in clean condition.

Sprinkle baby powder over the massage oil stains to cover them completely. Allow the baby oil to soak up the oil for 20 minutes. Brush the baby powder into the garbage.

Spray the stain with an aerosol petroleum-based stain remover. Oil-based stain removers are most effective for removing greasy stains. Gently rub the stain remover into the sheet at the site of the oil stain before allowing it to soak into the fabric for 10 to 15 minutes to loosen the stain.

Launder the massage sheets in the hottest water possible to help remove remaining oil stains. Use a liquid detergent known to work well on grease stains. Add 1/4 cup ammonia to the wash cycle to lift the grease from the fabric fibres.

Check your massage sheets before placing them in the dryer. If any grease stain remains repeat these steps until it's removed. Once the oil is gone, place the sheet in the dryer or hang dry.


Cotton fabric is too absorbent and should be avoided for use on massage tables. Percale fabric with a high thread count, such as 180, is comfortable with a tendency toward being stain- and tear-resistant. Lighter-coloured sheets are less likely to show oil stains.


Avoid almond oil for massage as it's difficult to remove and can cause sheets to smell.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby powder
  • Aerosol petroleum-based stain remover
  • Liquid washing powder
  • 1/4 cup ammonia
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.