Vaseline has various medicinal and cosmetic uses but if spilled or smeared on upholstery, a greasy, stubborn stain will often result. Vaseline is composed of oil-like compounds, so simply removing it with water will not work, since oil and water do not mix. To eliminate Vaseline stains on upholstery, use dry cleaning solvent and a few drops of neutral laundry detergent to effectively clean the stain.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Plastic spatula
- Drinking glass
- 1 teaspoon neutral laundry detergent
- 2 spray bottles
- Rubbing alcohol
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Hydrogen peroxide
Wipe Vaseline with a paper towel if the stain is fresh. For dried Vaseline, use a plastic spatula to gently scrape the stain off the upholstery.
Fill a drinking glass with lukewarm water and 1 teaspoon of neutral laundry detergent. Dip a towel in the detergent solution and blot the Vaseline stain with it.
Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol or dry-cleaning solvent and spray the stain several times until the upholstery is thoroughly wet. Blot the stain with a towel.
Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the stain several times until the upholstery is thoroughly wet. Dab the stain with a towel.
Place a towel or a stack of paper towels on the Vaseline stain. Hold the towels down with a heavy object, such as a book, and wait for the spot to dry. If the stain is still visible, dab hydrogen peroxide on the area. Wait one hour, and then blot the area dry with a towel.
Tips & Warnings
- Always blot the Vaseline stain; never rub it. Rubbing the Vaseline spreads it around the upholstery, making the stain worse.