How to Remove Petroleum Jelly From Upholstery Fabric

Petroleum jelly, most widely known by the brand name Vaseline, is a handy oil-based gel that has many uses; a first aid ointment, a skin treatment, a lice remedy and to help heal and prevent chapped lips are just a few. Occasionally some will get onto your upholstery and cause a stubborn mess or stain. Follow these easy steps to remove spills, smudges and stains.

Step 1

Remove surface petroleum jelly. Carefully scrape off the excess with a spoon or table knife.

Step 2

Apply cleaning solvent to the affected area. You can use isopropyl alcohol (or rubbing alcohol) or a commercial cleaner designed to remove oil-based stains and spills. Make sure the cleaner is appropriate for your fabric. Test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area.

Step 3

Allow a few minutes for the cleaner to break down the jelly. Blot the area with a clean white rag or absorbent pad. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as necessary. Use a clean area on your rag each time you blot to prevent the spreading of the stain or spill.

Step 4

Make a solution consisting of one tablespoon detergent (Dawn is a good choice) to one cup lukewarm water and spray on the area. Blot the fabric with a paper towel to remove any residual petroleum jelly.