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5 Kinds of Oil Stains Found in Every Home and How to Tackle Them

When you own a home, one of the major stain causing substances is oil. Here are some of the most common areas in the home that are most prone to oil stains and some amazing tips to tackle them!

1) Oil stain on the carpet

Mix ¼ teaspoon of a dishwashing liquid into 1 cup of lukewarm water. Make sure the liquid doesn't contain lanolin or bleach. Apply this mixture with a sponge directly onto the stain. Blot the affected area of the carpet until the oil stain is no longer visible.

2) Oil stain on the floor

Wipe the floor with slices of stale bread or paper towels to remove excess oil. Spread some talcum powder on the oil stain and wipe thoroughly with a tissue paper. If the greasiness persists, mix 2 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid in 1 bucket of lukewarm water and mop the floor.

3) Oil stain on clothes

Take a drop of dishwashing soap or shampoo on a clean dampened sponge as a pre-washing stain remover. Sponge the stain gently by using light strokes and working outward from the centre of the stain. This will help loosen the stain before the wash, making it easier to remove oil stains from clothes. If the stain still remains, grab a clean cloth or a paper towel and press the stain gently on both sides to soak up the excess oil, and finally wash the clothing in your regular wash cycle.

4) Oil stain in the kitchen

For stains on granite or marble countertops, combine 1 cup of lukewarm water and 1 cup of baking soda in a bowl and stir into a paste. Apply the paste to the stain, cover with a plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Let it sit for 2 days or overnight at least, and then rinse off the paste. Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone.

5) Oil stain on cement floors

Scrubbing the oil out will only make the stain bigger. The secret lies in absorbing the spill. Just sprinkle a layer of baby or talcum powder over the oil stain. Let it sit overnight. The next day, sweep away the powder or litter and use a paper towel to blot up any residue. Now that you've drawn out as much oil from the floor as you can, apply grease-cutting dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent to the stain, and wash any discoloured areas with a brush. Then, rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.

These tips are simple and easy! Try them out on your toughest oil stains today!

Key Steps:

  • Act quickly! When you want to get that oil stains off your clothes, it’s important to make sure you don’t allow the stain to dry or set into the fabric.
  • Blot the oil stain using a paper towel to remove excess oil grease from clothes.
  • Make sure you check the fabric label before treating the oil stains

Top Tip

Use dishwashing soap or shampoo as an excellent pre-wash stain remover for clothes.