How to Take an Oil Stain Out of Leather

by Heather Topham Wood ; Updated September 28, 2017

Oil can be a tough stain to remove if you happen to get it on a piece of leather clothing or furniture. Oil and grease stains on leather often result from food items or motor oil. Try and treat the leather immediately. If you are unsuccessful at getting rid of the stain, take the leather piece to the dry cleaners for assistance.

Remove as much excess oil as possible from the leather by blotting it with a clean, dry cloth. Avoid rubbing the oil with the cloth.

Use talcum powder to get rid of the oil on the leather. Pour a thick coat of the talcum powder on top of the oil stain. Allow the powder to sit on the leather for at least eight hours. The talcum powder should draw out any remnants of the oil stain.

Remove the powder residue with another clean, dry cloth.

Clean the piece with leather cleaner to get rid of any remaining oil or powder residue. Try Leather CPR Cleaner and Conditioner, which is available through the Sportsman’s Guide website. To apply, massage the entire leather piece with a thin coat of the lotion. The product has a built-in conditioner, so you won’t need to apply a separate conditioning lotion.

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Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.