How to Remove Oil Stains From Leather

Remove oil stains quickly to absorb the oil faster.
Remove oil stains quickly to absorb the oil faster. (Image: leather image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Leather is an expensive fabric, used for a variety of objects including clothes, shoes, furniture and accessories. Oil stains are more difficult to remove from leather once it has absorbed into the fabric. Therefore, work fast to remove the stain. You may need to try a stain removal method more than once before the oil stain is completely removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Cornstarch
  • Vacuum
  • Leather protectant spray

Blot excess oil stains with paper towels.

Apply cornstarch on the affected area. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Rub the cornstarch with your fingertips until you feel the heat from the friction. The heat will work to repel the oil from the leather while the cornstarch absorbs the excess.

Apply more cornstarch on the area if the stain persists. Rub the cornstarch on the leather and this time let the cornstarch sit overnight.

Vacuum excess cornstarch.

Spray on a leather protectant agent to protect against future spills.

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