How Do You Remove Oil Stains From Upholstery?

Remove oil stains from upholstery by blotting and applying baking soda and a dry cleaning solution. The process requires only a few steps.

  1. Blot the oil

    Use a clean, dry cloth to blot up as much of the oil as you can. Be careful not to rub the oil into the upholstery any further.

  2. Cover the stain with baking soda

    Cover the oil with baking soda, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.

  3. Vacuum up the baking soda

    Vacuum all of the baking soda from the stain. If the baking soda is too hard to vacuum up, use a dull knife to scrape it off the upholstery.

  4. Color test the dry cleaning solution

    If there is still oil on the upholstery, choose a small section that isn't visible to test the dry cleaning solution. Dab a tiny amount of solution onto a cloth, and apply it to spot. If it does not affect the color of the upholstery, move on to step five. If it does, repeat steps one through three.

  5. Apply dry cleaning solution

    Dab some dry cleaning solution onto a clean, dry cloth, and gently apply it to the oil stain. Then, blot the area until the remaining oil is removed.