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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 one part of water with one-fourth teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. 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 and wipe thoroughly with a tissue paper. If the greasiness persists, use a dish liquid and some warm water to mop the floor.

3) Oil stain on clothes

Use a dish soap or shampoo as a pre-wash stain remover. Blot any excess oil using a clean cloth or a paper towel. Then squirt some aloe vera pulp onto the stain. Use an old toothbrush or a manicure brush to rub away the stain from the fabric.

4) Oil stain in the kitchen

For stains on granite or marble countertops, clean with a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges. Let sit for a few 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 dish 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!

Top Tip

Use dish soap or shampoo as an excellent prewash stain remover for clothes.