Steps To Remove Oil Stains From Upholstery
Oil stains are an inevitable problem in every household. Regardless of how careful you are when you eat or when you’re cleaning your tools or carrying and using items around the house, you are bound to spill something. Oil stains, because of their greasy nature, can be very difficult to remove and spread far too easily. In fact, when it comes to dealing with oil stains around the house, especially stains on fabric and upholstery, if you do not handle the spill carefully you might end up doing more harm than good.
The good thing about tackling oil stains is that with a little bit of direction, you can remove the stains using products from around the house. You can save so much money this way, and take care of the problem in no time at all. With a bit of baking powder or cornstarch, some dish soap or mild detergent, and a toothbrush, you can get rid of most oil stains on upholstery in no time!
A common mistake most people make is they try to wipe off oil stains from upholstery. Never do that because it causes the stain to spread and smear and get lodged more firmly in the fabric. You first want to get rid of as much of the oil as possible before you do any actual cleaning.
The first thing you should do when you notice an oil stain on upholstery is get some baking powder or cornstarch and cover the stain with a thick layer of it. Be generous and use a handful, or more if needed, and then just let it sit like so for around twenty minutes. Both cornstarch and baking powder have drying properties, and hence will soak up a lot of the oil from the upholstery. The best part is, they won’t affect the upholstery at all- they are absolutely odourless and colourless so you do not have to worry about either spoiling your beautiful upholstery fabrics.
After the powder has dried up and absorbed most of the oil, gently dust it onto a piece of paper or a soft cloth or a dustpan. Try not to scrape it because this might spoil the fabric, simply brush the baking soda/ cornstarch over the surface and throw it away.
Dip a toothbrush in a tiny amount of dish soap or detergent and, with a very light hand, clean the stain. Use a gentle scrubbing motion to tackle the stain. The soap will clean up much of the grease on its own. You should use this step until the entire stain has been removed. Wash and dip the brush in soap again as many times as needed to get the stain completely out.
Take a thick paper towel and dampen it with some water and press it onto the stained area to pick up any soapy deposits or remnants of the stain. Only use the towel to blot, do not rub the stained area as this might wear out the fabric.
In the very first step, if you’ve spilled a large amount of oil or grease onto the upholstery, you can also use a big spoon to scoop up as much of the liquid as possible before you add cornstarch/ baking powder to the stain. Do this only if you are confident that you can pick up the spilled material without grazing and smearing the affected area. This is very useful when a pool of liquid has assembled in a place. If you aren’t sure about your ability to do so, you are safer off using only the steps described above.
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Author Bio: Cindy Davis is writer and freelancer, who likes everything waxed and polished. She has great passion for cleaning and desinfection matters, as it is of great importance of her family's health to always keep their home clean and sanitized. Therefore her present article is focused around this topic.
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