Olive oil stain removal

Updated February 21, 2017

Oil stains can be among the hardest remove, and require swift action to remove the stain before it sets in completely. By keeping a few items on hand that are most likely already in the kitchen pantry, you can quickly remove olive oil stains at home and keep the stained product in usable condition.

Stains on Clothing

Keep a pre-wash stain remover on hand; a variety of brands can be purchased in the washing powder aisle of any grocery store or superstore, and all do the same basic task. When a garment becomes stained with olive oil, quickly pat with a napkin or cloth to absorb and excess oil that has not yet absorbed into the fabric. Avoid rubbing across the fabric, as this may smear the stain to larger areas of the garment that have not yet been affected. Then, spray or dab on the pre-wash stain remover, working the treatment into the fabric as much as possible. Let set in for a few minutes, then wash the item using the hottest water temperature suitable for the garment fabric. If the stain is not gone completely after the first wash, treat again with the stain remover, let set in overnight, then wash again.

Stains on Furniture and Upholstery

Removing olive oil stains from these items can be a bit harder, as it requires spot treatment instead of laundering. When furniture or upholstery becomes stained, quickly scrape off the excess oil using a butter knife, cloth or napkin. Do not rub the stain, as it may spread the oil to unaffected areas, making the problem larger. Next, sprinkle a thick coat of baking soda or cornflour over the stain, and allow to set in for fifteen minutes. Use a vacuum to collect the baking soda residue, then blot the stain until it diminishes. If the stain does not diminish on its own, incorporate a dry-cleaning spot remover designed for furniture stains. These products are common, and can be found in the cleaning aisle of any supermarket. Continue to blot the stain until it is gone completely.

Stains on Carpet

The same basic process is followed for stains on carpet. Scrape off the excess oil with a butter knife or cloth, then cover with baking soda or cornflour, let set in for fifteen minutes, then vacuum. If the stain does not diminish on its own, use a spot-remover designed for carpet stains (found at all supermarkets). Alternately, mix a spoonful of liquid dish detergent, a spoonful of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Blot the stain with this mixture until it starts to diminish, then blot away with a cold cloth to remove any vinegar or detergent residue.

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