How to Clean & Remove an Oil Spill From Furniture

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Olive oil can leave behind a tough stain.
Olive oil can leave behind a tough stain. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The furniture that is used frequently in your home, such as the couch or chairs in your living room, are much more at risk for stains than furniture in other areas of your home. When people within your household eat while sitting on the furniture, for example, any of that food can end up on the upholstery and leave behind a tough stain. Oil spills on furniture can be especially tough to deal with, but if you use the right methods, you can clean and remove oil spills and save your furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Baby powder
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol

Use a paper towel to scrape up and blot the standing oil on your furniture. This will remove most of it and likely leave behind just a stain.

Pour baby powder onto the oil spill on your furniture to soak up even more of the oil. Let it stand for several minutes.

Vacuum up the baby powder using your vacuum cleaner hose attachment.

Fill a spray bottle with hot water and add several drops of grease-cutting dishwashing liquid. Shake well.

Spray the oil spill on your furniture with the cleaning solution, and allow it to set in for several minutes.

Rinse the area with very hot water and dab dry with a clean cloth.

Add several drops of rubbing alcohol directly to the oil spill. Dab immediately with a cloth. Never rub the oil stain. Continue to dab to remove the oil and dry the rubbing alcohol.

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