How to Eliminate Olive Oil Stains

file0002113137533Olive oil is an ingredient in many recipes and a healthier alternative to other cooking oils. But, boy, does it leave a stain! Whether you spill it on your clothes, the carpet, a cloth placemat or any other surface, olive oil is one of the trickiest substances to remove. Not necessarily because the oil itself is difficult to remove, but because if you don’t remove every last bit it will act as a magnet for dirt and debris. Follow these instructions to make sure your grease stain is completely gone.

Remove Excess Oil

Using the dull side of a butter knife or a plastic spatula (or any other scraping tool that comes quickly to hand), remove any oil that hasn’t been absorbed. Make sure you’re not pressing on the stain because that will cause it to go deeper.

Blot, Blot, Blot

Have you ever seen the grease stains in an empty box of fries? Paper is a great way to absorb excess oil. Once you have removed larger spills and blotted the area with a clean, dry cloth, place newspaper or a paper bag over the spill. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes and replace it when it is soaked through. Continue changing the paper until no more oil comes up.

Grab Cornstarch or Baby Powder

After you’ve blotted the area with a cloth and allowed the paper to pick up excess oil, it’s time to cover the stain with cornstarch or baby powder. Allow it to sit on the stain for an hour so it has time to draw the oil out of the carpet, upholstery or fabric. When the hour is up, vacuum the area to remove the powder. You may need to repeat this process if the spill was especially large.

Dawn is Breaking

Once the stain is gone (or you’ve removed as much as humanly possible!), apply a thin layer of Dawn dish soap to the stain and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Allow the soap to sit for two or three minutes and then rinse the area with a small amount of clear water. Blot up the water with a clean, dry cloth. Don’t use more water than necessary, you don’t want to soak it.

Let It Dry

Grab another soft, clean, dry cloth and blot at the water until nothing comes up. Then let it air dry. If you were a bit heavy-handed with the water, you can speed things up by aiming a fan at the wet spot or by using the cool setting on your hair dryer.

Call in Professional Help

If the stain is truly stubborn or too large to handle, it may need the touch of a professional cleaner. If you’re in the New York area, you can call 1st Class Cleaning and schedule a one-time cleaning. We can come in and treat the stain for you. And if you want to keep your home immaculate and stain-free all the time, you can also choose to set up a recurring cleaning schedule with some of the best maids in the business! Our service is always 1st Class and we never fear the white glove treatment.

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