How to Remove Grease Stains on Furniture Upholstery

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Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch or talcum powder

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment

  • 2 to 3 drops grease-cutting dish soap

  • Soft scrub brush

  • Rags

  • Water

  • 1 tsp. ammonia

  • ¼ cup water

  • Bowl


If you need to use ammonia on your furniture, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the upholstery prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

Wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using ammonia.

Never mix bleach and ammonia or products containing these two ingredients. The fumes created by mixing bleach and ammonia can be fatal.

Finding a grease stain on your upholstery is a disheartening sight. The oily nature of grease makes removal seem impossible. Whether the grease stain is on your sofa, dining room chair or even on your car upholstery, take comfort in knowing that it does not have to be permanent. Care must be taken when removing upholstery stains so that the grease is not spread further. You can effectively remove grease stains from upholstery using common household products.


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Step 1

Sprinkle a generous coating of cornstarch or talcum powder onto the grease stain. Let the powder sit on the upholstery for a few hours to fully absorb the grease.

Step 2

Vacuum the powder from the upholstery. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up the powder.


Step 3

Apply 2 to 3 drops of grease-cutting dish soap directly onto the grease stain. Use your fingers to gently rub the soap into the stain. A soft scrub brush can also be used to scrub the soap into the upholstery. Let the soap sit on the spot for two minutes.


Step 4

Moisten a clean rag with cool water. Blot the stain with the rag to remove the soap. Continue blotting until the soap is all off of the upholstery.

Step 5

Blot the spot with a dry rag to remove excess moisture. Allow the upholstery to air-dry the rest of the way.


Step 6

Mix 1 tsp. of household ammonia with ¼ cup of warm water into a bowl if the grease stain is still on the upholstery once it has dried. Dip a rag into the ammonia solution and blot the grease stain several times with the rag to thoroughly saturate the area. Agitate the spot with a soft scrub brush.


Step 7

Rinse the upholstery with a rag dampened with plain water. Blot with a dry rag to absorb excess moisture.