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How To Remove Grease Stains

Updated on January 11, 2012

How To Remove Grease Or Oil Stains From Fabric?

Whether it is a cooking, lubricating or automotive oil mark, and the earlier you deal with a greasy stain, the better the result. Follow the directions below to reduce the risk of permanent stains.

  • Apply an absorbent like as talcum powder or cornstarch to the affected area, then brush away. If the stain is old or heavy, go on to Step 2; if it is fresh, skip to Step 3.
  • Keep stain facedown on paper towels. Mark back of stain with a cleaning-dry solvent. Swap paper towels as they absorb the grease stains.
  • Spray with the laundry pretreatment.
  • Wash in the warmest water that is safe for the fabrics.
  • In the last air dry it.

Removing Grease Stains

Grease spots can normally be removed by washing with warm water and soap. Though, if the stain is constant, make up a solution of 2 Tablespoon salt to 4 Tablespoon. rubbing alcohol and sponge this onto the stain, then wash it in the warmest water safe for the fabric.

If the stain is still not removed, make assure you do not put the fabric in the dryer - apply a dry-cleaning solvent on the stain and then wash again. For subtle fabrics, such as silk, it is better to ask professional dry-cleaners.

How To Remove Auto Grease Stains From Different Fabrics?

Greasy, oily stains are seldom the most hard to get out of clothing and other materials.Whether you are working in the garage or at the stove, remember these tips handy so you will be prepared to remove these hard greasy, oily stains.

After identifying the affected material, follow the steps below to remove the greasy stains:

Non-washable Fibers

Follow the steps below to remove auto grease and cooking grease stains from Acetate, Carpet/Wool, Carpet/Synthetic, Rayon, Triacetate, Silk and Wool:

  • Blot up as much more as possible and apply an absorbent, like as cornmeal.
  • After leasing the absorbent work, brush it out of the cloth.

Washable Fibers

Follow the below steps to remove cooking grease and auto grease stains from washable fibers such as Acrylic Fabric, Linen, Cotton, Modacrylic, Olefin, Spandex and Polyester:

  • Blot up the more grease as early as possible.
  • Use an absorbent and let it soak up the leak.
  • After brushing out the powder on some of the laundry stains, sponge the spot with a dry-cleaning solvent, After Cleaning Fluid or K2r Spot Lifter.

  • Then apply a dry spotter to any lasting greasy stain.
  • Cover the stain with a spongy pad dampened with dry spotter and has it remain in place until no more stain is lifted.
  • Alter the bolster as it picks up the greasy stain.
  • To aid loosen the stain, seldom tamp the area, blotting up any untangled material.
  • Then Flush out with one of the liquid dry-cleaning.

Removing Stains From Some Household Surfaces

Follow the steps below to remove auto grease and cooking grease stains from household surfaces such as Aluminum, Acrylic Plastic, Asphalt Bamboo, Ceramic and Cane, Glass/Tile, Cork, Linoleum, Glass, Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss, Pewter, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Porcelain Dishes, Stainless Steel, Vinyl Tile, Vinyl Clothing and Vinyl Wall covering:

  • Blot up any over grease stains.
  • Wipe out the surface with a sponge or cloth dipped in hot sudsy water.
  • Rinse it very well and wipe dry.

Dishwashing Detergent Liquid Used To Cut Grease

You might have heard it earlier that dishwashing detergent liquid is best at cutting grease stains. Well it does not only work wonders on your dishes.

It can also be a best way to get hard grease off your hands and even grease stains from your fabrics or clothing.

You will always have good results if you apply it on a fresh stain but people have claimed it works still on older stains in some fabrics.

  • Place the detergent liquid just directly on the greasy stain.
  • Allow it to immerse or soak into stain for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Wash out the garment as you usually would.
  • Before drying, check to be assuring as the greasy stain is completely removed or not.


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    • mary-lambert profile image

      mary-lambert 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thanks, I'm always working with greases and end up messy. Will try some of these tips.

    • hassam profile image

      hassam 8 years ago from Pakistan

      My pleasure!

    • MrTooree profile image

      MrTooree 8 years ago

      Great Advice !!! I'm gonna have to try some of these. Thanks !!!