how to remove grease stains

How To Remove Grease Stains
Oily substances have a propensity to leave a strong stain where they go. It may be the oil from your food such as melted butter or some sort of massage oil or cooking oil. Sometimes, kids can place paper food wrappers on the couch that could leak this oil and grease on whatever surface they’re lying on.

Unfortunately,  the stains are more visible on light colored leather. The grease or oil can settle in the leather indefinitely and be very hard to remove. Consequently, its best to act as quickly as possible. In this article we will uncover how to remove grease stains from common items in your home, such as leather furniture and clothing.

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How to Remove Grease Stains from Leather:

You’ll need to be careful when employing any kind of cleaning solution, because it can get rid of the shine of the leather. Test a small area first that isn’t visible, such as the underside of furniture.
Here are a few simple remedies you could try out with common household items to get rid of oily stains from leather items.

Corn Starch or Talcum powder – Corn starch or talcum powder function as an absorbent and pull out the oil from the leather. First, take a paper towel and lightly rub the oil blot to raise it as much as possible. The paper towel will absorb petroleum and there will be less petroleum left on the leather.

Next, use a few sprinkles of talcum powder or corn starch on the oily area. Press and leave it overnight. The powder will absorb the blot from the leather. On the following day, rub off the powder and again blot using a fresh paper towel. The stain should be gone.

HOW TO REMOVE GREASE STAINS

This method works best for stains which are fresh or very recent. Old and dried stains will be challenging to remove using this method and you may need some alternative remedy. 

Dishwashing liquid – Mix a teaspoon of dish detergent with a cup of water. Now wet a bit of sponge and dab over the blot very carefully. Dab just till the blot is removed and stop instantly after that. Doing this could potentially cause the leather surface to lose its shine from the stained area. So, for safety, test this method on an area that isn’t easily visible.

Baking soda- Mix about a tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl of water. Moisten a piece of microfiber cloth or sponge with it and utilize it to dab over the stain lightly without rubbing elsewhere. You should see the blot loosing out of the fabric with the impact of the water. When the entire blot has been removed, stop dabbing any further. 

Vinegar Solution – Vinegar contains acetic acid that can remove oil stains very effectively. However, it has to be diluted by mixing with water in order that its corrosive impact on leather is minimal. This ensures only the oil spot is removed by its impact and not the leather’s shine. Mix about a spoonful of plain white vinegar in a cup of water. Now soak a cotton pad or sponge with it and lightly dab over the stain.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Clothes:

Removing grease stains from clothes is fairly simple, if you act quickly. As a precaution, do not try this on delicate fabrics or on “dry clean only” materials without testing a small area first. Consult a professional dry cleaner if in doubt.

First, use a grease fighting liquid dish detergent, such as Dawn. Scrub the area with your fingers in the sink or with a  toothbrush if the oil spot is significant. Let the fabric sit and soak for a while before laundering. Wash in washing machine as usual. Using this method, the stain should be removed. If the stain still remains, repeat this process.

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Supplies Needed:

1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)

2. sturdy trash bags

3. marker/pen to label boxes

Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.

Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.

I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.

How to Declutter:

1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag

2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have

3.Get rid of duplicate items, broken items, outgrown clothes and shoes, anything you’ll never use again

4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest

5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option

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