How to Get Motor Oil Out of a Couch

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Motor oil and other grease stains are difficult to remove because they have a tendency to set quickly, and once they set, they have a tendency to attract dirt. It's slightly more difficult to remove motor oil from a couch, as you can't just treat the stain and then toss the couch into the washing machine. Even so, with motor oil, you still have a fighting chance to restoring your couch to its original beauty, as long as you act quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Baking soda, cornstarch, talcum or baby powder
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dishwasher cleanser
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Towel
  • Mechanics hand cleaner

Pre-Treatment

  • Scrape the excess motor oil off with a spoon. Blot with a paper towel

  • Shake baking soda, cornstarch, talcum or baby powder directly on the stain. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes.

  • Vacuum the powder off the surface area of the stain.

Treatment

  • Apply dishwasher fluid directly on the stain. Allow it to sit for thee to four minutes. Rinse with scalding water, and rub with a clean cloth. If the stain remains, go to the next step.

  • Dab the stained area with rubbing alcohol, and give it a couple minutes to break down the grease. Blot with a clean towel. If the stain remains, go to the next step.

  • Purchase mechanics hand cleaner, and rub it onto the stain with a toothbrush. Allow it to soak into the stain for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Dry it gently with a towel.

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