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How do I Remove a Curry Stain from Leather Furniture?

Curry is a type of seasoning that flavours food and is popular in Middle Eastern dishes. Curry has an oily texture and, combined with the yellow colour, can leave quite a stain on the porous surface of leather furniture. It's always best to remove oil-based stains as soon as possible so they don't have time to be absorbed into the leather.

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Dampen a paper towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. Blot excess curry powder or substance from the leather furniture. Avoid rubbing the paper towel around, as this will spread the stain.

Rub petroleum jelly into the curry stain on the leather. As the petroleum jelly absorbs into the leather's porous surface, it will push the curry stain out.

Wipe up the curry stain with a clean cloth, moving in one direction as you wipe. Move to a clean portion of the cloth with each wipe. Continue to wipe until you've removed the curry stain and as much of the petroleum jelly as possible.

Pour a quarter-sized amount of leather cleaner onto a clean cloth. Buff out the remaining petroleum jelly from the leather furniture.

Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the site of the curry stain if a shine or residue from the petroleum jelly still remains. Allow the baking soda to sit for one hour, then brush off.

Wipe the leather furniture again with a clean cloth and leather cleaner.


Substitute talcum powder for the baking soda to absorb the petroleum jelly.


Rubbing and scrubbing to remove any stain on leather will only spread the stain. Always blot or dab in order to lift the stain from the leather.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Clean cloths
  • Leather cleaner
  • Baking soda

About the Author

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.

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