Things You'll Need
1/4 cup dry cleaning solvent
3 tablespoons Fuller's Earth
Other absorbents such as cornstarch, table salt and baby powder can be substituted for baking soda. Protect wood surfaces with place mats or coasters. Keep scented oil burners on one of these or on another surface, altogether. Lay a cotton cloth over a fresh oil stain and press it for four second intervals with a warm iron until the stain is removed.
An oily stain on furniture causes discoloration, but scented oil adds yet another factor. Since a little bit can go a long way, spilling scented oil on your wood furniture contributes toward an overwhelming smell in the room. To get rid of the discoloration and odor, you must draw the oil out of the surface. Once the oil is absorbed, you can clean the wood to prevent a permanent dark spot on the furniture.
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Cover the scented oil stain with baking soda. Leave the baking soda on the furniture surface for 10 minutes to absorb the oil.
Brush the baking soda off the furniture surface with a soft brush. Discard it in the trash.
Fill a small bowl with 1/4 cup dry cleaning solvent and 3 tablespoons Fuller's Earth. Stir the two ingredients together to create a paste.
Smooth the paste over the remaining scented oil stain. Leave the poultice on the wood until completely dried. As the poultice dries, it draws the remaining stain out of the wood.
Remove the dried paste with the scrub brush. Discard the dry paste in the trash.
Moisten a clean cloth with wood cleaner appropriate for your furniture surface. Buff the furniture with the cleaner. Dry the surface with another cloth.
- "Reader's Digest": 9 Ways to Remove Grease Stains
- University of Kentucky; Odors: What's That Smell?; Linda R. Adler; January 1997
- "Mother Earth News"; Greener Cleaners -- 5 Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning; Annie Berthold-Bond; April/May 2004
- University of Kentucky; Care of Furniture Surfaces; Linda R. Adler; December 1996
- Mrs. Clean: Tips on Oil & Grease Stain Removal
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.