How to Get Vaseline Out of Upholstery

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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
  • Towels
  • 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.

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