How to Get Rid of Oil Stains in Leather Using Baby Powder


Leather requires care to protect it from long-term damage. If you spill oil on the leather, the oil is absorbed into it, making it difficult to remove. Address spills as soon as possible to ensure the best results. Oil is drawn out of leather quicker when it is a fresh spill than when it soaks in.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Plastic scraper
  • Vacuum
  • Blot up excess oil with paper towels. Press paper towels over the area firmly without rubbing.

  • Pour baby powder over the stain, covering all the surface area. Let it rest for at least four hours, preferably overnight.

  • Remove the excess powder with a plastic scraper, then vacuum the residual powder away.

  • Repeat the process if any oil stain still remains.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cornstarch is an acceptable substitute for baby powder.
  • This method works for fresh stains. If the surface of the oil stain has dried, the leather requires a professional leather cleaner to repair it.

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