How to Clean and Prevent Oil Spills on Couches

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Have you ever spilled oil on your couch? It’s frustrating because oil spills can cause damage, discoloration, and undesirable odors if not cleaned properly.

In this guide, we’ll tell you why oil spills happen, the damage they can cause, and most importantly, how to clean and prevent them from happening again. 

So, if you want to keep your couch looking and smelling great, keep reading.

Let’s begin.

Causes of Oil Spills on Couches

Oil spills on couches can be caused by a variety of reasons, including cooking accidents, hair products, and spills from containers

Oil stains can occur when we accidentally spill oil while eating greasy food in the living room while watching TV. Similarly, hair products such as hair oil or styling creams can also leave oil stains on the couch. 

Spills from containers can also cause oil stains on the couch, such as a tipped-over bottle of cooking oil or a lotion bottle.

Effects of Oil Spills on Couches

Oil spills can cause permanent damage to your couch if not cleaned properly. The oil can seep into the fabric, leaving behind stubborn stains, discoloration, and an unpleasant odor

Over time, the oil can also attract dirt and dust, making it harder to remove. This can lead to the need for a professional cleaning service or, in some cases, replacing the entire couch.

Cleaning Oil Spills on Couches

Cleaning oil spills on couches requires a delicate touch and the proper cleaning materials. Here are the steps to follow when cleaning an oil spill:

  1. Blot up the excess oil: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot up as much of the oil as possible. Avoid rubbing the stain as this can spread the oil and make the stain worse.
  2. Apply a cleaning solution: There are several cleaning solutions you can use to clean oil spills on couches, such as dish soap, baking soda, or vinegar. Mix a small amount of the cleaning solution with warm water and apply it to the stained area. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the stain in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with clean water: After applying the cleaning solution, rinse the area with clean water and blot dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  4. Repeat if necessary: If the stain persists, repeat the cleaning process until the stain is completely removed.

Preventing Oil Spills on Couches

Preventing oil spills on couches is the best way to avoid dealing with stubborn stains and unpleasant odors. 

Here are some tips to prevent oil spills on couches:

  1. Use protective covers: Cover your couch with a protective cover to prevent oil spills from seeping into the fabric.
  2. Avoid eating on the couch: Eating on the couch increases the risk of food spills and oil stains. Instead, eat at the dining table.
  3. Be cautious with hair products: Be careful when using hair products on or near the couch to avoid spills.

Professional Cleaning Services

If the oil stain is too stubborn or you’re unable to clean it on your own, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. 

Professional cleaning services have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to remove even the toughest oil stains on couches. They can also provide regular maintenance.


Oil spills on couches can be a nuisance, but they can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. 

With the tips and steps provided in this expert guide, you’ll be able to clean and prevent oil spills on your couch, keeping it looking and smelling fresh for years to come. 

Remember to act fast when an oil spill occurs and always use the proper cleaning.

Spilled some coffee on your couch? Read How to Remove Coffee Stains From Your Couch.  

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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