Oil stains can be very difficult to remove and cause a lot of anxiety to people who don’t know how to get oil stains out. Getting an oil stain out is possible.
Oil stains are tricky to clean because the solvents in the oil bond with the soils, allowing them to resist all of your cleaning efforts. Many people think that they need harsh chemicals to get the job done, but that isn’t true. You just need some knowledge and a couple of items from home.
This article will teach you step by step what you need to do today if you have an oil stain on your clothes, hands, or driveway.
Step 1: Quickly Rinse the Area With Water
If the oil from the oil stain has hit your clothes or skin, you should quickly rinse it off with water. This is because cold water will cause the oil to harden and cling to whatever it hit.
Get a spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray this mixture onto your clothes so that you can keep working on removing all of the oil. Keep blotting until no more color comes up on the rag when you use pressure.
Wipe down the fabric with an absorbent towel or sponge or knocking off what you can with a brush.
Step 2: Put Dish Soap on the Oil Stain
Grab some dish soap and add a few drops to the stain. This will break down the oil and make it much easier to remove. If you are working with dark colors, this step is optional, but on white clothes, soap will prevent any remaining oils from staining your clothes!
Step 3: Put Baking Soda on the Oil Stain
Take your box of baking soda and pour some over the oil stain. Do not dump the whole box of baking powder on, you should pour it gradually until all of the white powder has covered the oil.
Mix baking soda with water to make a paste, then use this mixture to scrub the stain. If you’re working with white clothes, definitely use baking soda. Again, keep blotting until no more color comes up on your rag when you apply pressure.
Let this sit for about an hour so that the acid in the baking soda can soak into the oil and break it down.
Step 4: Wash Your Clothes With Cold Water
After you have let the baking soda sit for an hour on the oil stain, take your clothes to the washing machine and wash them with cold or warm water. Make sure that you check the label on your clothing first so you know what temperature water your clothes can handle.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 1 Through 4 if the Oil is Especially Tenacious
If the baking soda and cold water treatment did not remove all of the oil stains, you will need to repeat parts 1 through 3 again. After you have repeated this process as many times as necessary (3-5 is common), check the area again to see if the stain has been removed.
Step 6 : Rinse any Remaining Baking Soda off With Water
After you have done all of these steps, make sure that you rinse off the area with water and then dry it completely once you have finished all of the steps. This will ensure that there is no residue from the baking soda left on the surface of whatever you had oil on after you removed the stain.
If any oil stains still remain after doing these 5 steps, call a professional to remove them or visit your car dealership service department.