How to Get Rid of Oil Stains
Many people have found removing stains to be a troublesome endeavor. Either the product they used to remove the stain proved ineffective, or caused more problems than once existed. Given that most people have trouble removing more simple stains, such as grape juice or wine stains, one can only imagine the difficulty people have in removing oil from personal belongings. While this may seem to be a complicated removal process, it turns out that removing oil is not as difficult as people make it out to see him. If one employs the right techniques and purchases the correct products, they can almost effortlessly remove oil stains from a variety of different surfaces. This article will walk you through the general processes involved in removing oil from various surfaces. These procedures should be adapted to fit your oil stain removal needs.
Act Quickly to Remove Oil
The first rule in removing oil from any sort of surface is to act quickly. If given the opportunity, oil will soak into surfaces and linger there for as long as it wants to. Thus, one can conclude that it is in their best interest to address an oil stain as quickly as possible. The minute you begin to see an oil stain developing, you should attempt to dab it with a rag or nearby piece of cloth. This is especially important if we are dealing with fabric. Fabrics will absorb oil much quicker than other surfaces, such as wood. Allow the rag or the piece of cloth to absorb as much of the oil as possible. Remember, to refrain from rubbing the affected area with the rag. This will merely spread the oil into other parts of the surface and thus, cause a bigger problem.
Examine the Surface
Once you’ve expunged as much oil as possible using the rag or piece of cloth, you need to examine the surface and see whether any more remains. On most surfaces, simply dabbing the affected area with a rag will not completely solve the problem. Thus, afterwards you need to employ one of the below techniques. Some will work better than others depending on the sort of surface you’re dealing with.
Keep it Simple: Warm Water & Dish Soap
The first option which is accessible to almost every homeowner is using warm water and dish soap to remove the oil stain. This is a more practical solution for stains on pieces of clothing or tableware (such as a tablecloth). Simply soak the stained part of the fabric into a mixture the water and soap, and then begin to gently rub the affected area. You can use a regular brush, or a tooth brush for smaller surfaces. The stain should begin to fade until completely gone. Once the removal process is over and through with, wash the fabric as you normally would.
Use Powder to Absorb the Oil Stain
If soap doesn’t seem to be helping, or you want to pursue removing the stain from an alternative angle, you can always use a powder to absorb the oil stain. The sorts of powders you can use for oil stain removal can vary. For fabrics and/or carpets, one should limit themselves to using baking soda or salt. You may also use baby powder. Simply place the baking soda or salt on the stained region and give it ample time to absorb. After an hour or so, remove the powder and clean the area with a damp rag. For added affect, one can also choose slightly rub the powder in within the stained region. This should help abrade some of the stain.
Try Kitty Litter
If you’re dealing with oil stains on a more durable surface, such as cement, you should try using kitty litter. While an odd solution, kitty litter has an impeccable ability to absorb oil from stained surfaces. Limit your usage of litter on industrial surfaces or on surfaces that don’t carry too much importance.
Rubbing Alcohol Is Another Option
If the absorption technique doesn’t pan out as expected, one can head to their home’s medicine cabinet to grab some rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can be used with varying degrees of success in removing different types of stains. To apply the alcohol to your specific surface, grab a clean rag and soak it in the alcohol. Start dabbing the soaked rag against the stained surface. Slowly but surely, the stain will begin to diminish in appearance.
Those dealing with more pesky oil stains can choose to use lighter fluid. Be warned that lighter fluid fumes are dangerous. Keep away from any open flame and be sure to use it in a well ventilated area. Lighter fluid can be used to clean both fabrics and other sorts of surfaces. If you’re using it to clean a fabric, be sure you can wash it afterward. To apply the fluid, put some on a rag and begin dabbing the surface. Throw it in the washing machine afterward. If you’re dealing with another sort of surface, clean it with some soap to remove the smell.
Purchase a Degreaser
Finally, you can always choose to purchase a degreaser specifically designed for your particular surface. The best place to find such products is at a home specialty store. Be sure to talk to a representative for guidance, as it may prove hard to track the right product down yourself. Don’t buy a degreaser arbitrarily. Make sure it’s designed for your stained surface as it could otherwise damage the surface.
Hopefully you’ve now realized that cleaning oil stains isn’t as difficult as many make it out to be. With the right tools and guidance, it can be done. As long as you don’t try to take shortcuts in the process, it’s likely you will fare well in your oil stain removal endeavors. Best of Luck!