How to Remove Grease Stains from Upholstery

COIT's Guide to Removing Grease Stains from Upholstery

After a long week of work, ordering a few pizzas and throwing on a movie can be just what the doctor ordered. But when grease stains from that delicious pizza end up on your couch, you’ll need a quick solution to keep your furniture in tip-top shape.

By following COIT’s guide to removing grease stains from upholstery, a few grease stains won’t ruin your furniture.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Upholstery – Method # 1

  1. The first thing to do when removing grease stains from upholstery is to scrape off any dried grease using a plastic utensil. If the grease stain is wet, blot any excess grease using a damp paper towel.
  2. Take a bit of baking soda and sprinkle it onto the stain. Make sure the stain is completely covered.
  3. Let the baking soda absorb the grease from the upholstery for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, vacuum the baking soda off of the affected area.
  5. Take dry-cleaning solvent (such as Afta) and dampen a cloth with it. Press the cloth onto the grease stain.
  6. If you can still see grease residue, repeat steps 1 through 5 until the grease stain disappears. Though in most cases, this method should answer the question of how to remove grease stains from furniture.

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How to Remove Grease Stains from Furniture – Method # 2

Another way to tackle the question of how to get grease stains out of upholstery involves using baby powder. Follow these steps below:

  1. Upon discovering the grease stain on your furniture, place a good amount of baby powder directly on the stain. Be sure to cover the stained area entirely, as this will help absorb the grease, pulling it out of the fabric.
  2. After a few minutes, brush off the stain, removing any excess baby powder. Repeat step 1 again.
  3. Next, take a scrub brush and work a generous amount of upholstery cleaner into the affected area. This will help break up the grease stain and is very helpful when wondering how to remove grease stains from upholstery.
  4. Pour a bit of liquid dish soap (a brand with grease-cutting abilities works best) onto a clean cloth and work this solution into the grease stain.
  5. Dab the grease stain with a damp cloth continuously.
  6. If you still see the stain, repeat steps 1 through 5 as necessary until the grease stain is no longer visible.

Removing Grease Stains from Upholstery – Method # 3

And yes, there is actually another do-it-yourself solution that answers the question of how to get grease stains out of upholstery. This method of cleaning grease stains involves multiple ingredients.

  1. First, cover the grease stain with a bit of mild dish soap and let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. Using a damp cloth, rinse the affected area of the upholstery with a bit of warm water.
  3. Next, mix equal parts water and ammonia together. Apply this solution, using a fresh sponge, directly on the grease stain.
  4. Scrub the affected area.
  5. Take one baby wipe and scrub the stain. The alcohol in the baby wipe helps remove the grease.
  6. If the grease stain is still lingering, dip a fresh cloth in some water and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Scrub the stain to try and lift any remaining grease.

So when it’s time to attack the problem of how to get grease stains out of upholstery, one of these three methods should help. And if a few stubborn stains still seem to linger, consider COIT Upholstery Cleaning and take advantage of a wide range of professional deep cleaning servicesDon't forget to check out our coupons!

Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by the use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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