How to Remove Biodegradable Massage Oil From a Sheet

Whether you are using biodegradable massage oil at home for your personal use or are a massage therapist using it on a regular basis, oil stains on the sheets create an unsightly problem. Oil stains, if left untreated, often go rancid and cause an unpleasant smell. Treating oil stains on your sheets is essential to getting the sheets clean and maintaining their life and quality.

Things You'll Need

  • A laundry pretreating solution
  • Standard laundry detergent with degreaser

Instructions

    • 1

      Treat oil stains as soon as possible. The longer the oil goes untreated the more absorbed it becomes in the fabric and the harder it is to remove.

    • 2

      Apply a stain pretreatment designed to remove grease and oil. If you do not have a pretreating solution, apply hot water and standard detergent directly to the stain and allow it to remain on the stain for a short time so it works to break up the grease.

    • 3

      Place the sheets in your washing machine and put in the regular amount of laundry detergent for your machine. Set the machine setting to wash and rinse in hot water. Hot water helps to break up the oil and make it easier to remove the stain.

    • 4

      Examine the sheet before placing it in the dryer. If stains are still visible, repeat steps two and three. Placing a stained sheet in the dryer will set the stain and make it even more difficult to remove.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you work as a massage therapist and use oil on a regular basis, oil stains may become a regular problem. Certain manufacturers make detergents specifically designed for massage bed sheets and oil removal. If you use massage oil on a regular basis, purchase sheets with a high thread count. The more tightly woven the material used to make the sheet, the harder it becomes for the oil stain to set. This makes oil removal easier.
  • Do not wash your sheets in cold water. This can set the stain deeper into the material and make it more difficult to remove.
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