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How To Remove Oil Stains From Shoes

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How To Remove Oil Stains From Shoes

Oil stains are among the most common stains in both clothing and shoes. Who has not walked across the kitchen and had a drop from an oil spillage fall on their shoes? If so do not worry because there are some tricks that can help you get rid of those stains which are so annoying and difficult to remove. If you want to know how to remove oil stains from shoes, read this OneHowTo article and discover the most effective home remedies to do so.

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If you notice the oil stain immediately, the first thing to do is put it under an absorbent material, such as talcum powder, salt, flour or powdered chalk. The best of them is talcum powder: cover the oil stain on the shoe with talcum and leave it on a few hours to absorb all the fat. If you do not have talcum, instead you can use salt or flour. Leave these to act for the whole day. This trick is ideal for all types of shoes.

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After the rest period, very carefully removed the talcum with a soft bristle brush. Then, with a clean, dry cloth remove any dust left on the shoe. If the stain continues to be present you can repeat the process or one of the following steps, depending on the type of footwear.


Removing oil stains on from leather shoes

After applying the talcum powder, you have several options for removing oil stains from your leather shoes.

  • If it's natural leather, dilute two tablespoons of shampoo for horses in 1/2 litre of hot water. Dampen a clean cloth in the mixture, remove excess fluid and gently rub the stain. Then, with another damp cloth with water only, remove the excess soap. Pumpkin Soap is also very effective and you can find in any supermarket.
  • If it's synthetic leather you can use the above products or washing up liquid you normally use to wash dishes because it is a powerful de-greaser and removes fine oil stains. This trick is great for greased leather shoes.
  • If the leather is dark a very effective trick to remove oil stains is to rub these with the inside of a banana peel which will absorb it and leave it like new.

In all cases, you must use the hair dryer, a fan or any other object that emits air to dry the shoes because if left wet they could be damaged.

If you need more information, we advise you to take a look at our article on how to remove oil stains from leather shoes.


Removing oil stains from suede shoes

Suede shoes are much more delicate than leather, so we must take special care when we want to get rid of a stain. So the best option to remove oil stains from this type of footwear is talcum. Perform steps 1 and 2 and the stain should disappear. If not, you can prepare a solution of warm water, mild soap and a little ammonia. Beat the mixture until it froths, as you must remove the stain with the foam and never with the liquid. Put some foam on a bristle brush and rub the stain carefully, in the direction of the hair. Then, with a clean cloth remove any debris and dry the shoe well with a hair dryer.


Removing oil stains from nubuck shoes

Nubuk is a material that's extremely similar to suede, as it is sometimes confused with this material and therefore the cleaning process is very similar. To remove stains from these shoes it is advisable to not use liquid products. However, oil is inherently fluid and although we remove the stain, a trace will be left on our shoe. So to avoid this, the best is to clean all the shoe. After applying the talcum, prepare a solution of hot water and bar soap. When the soap has dissolved, moisten a shoe brush and clean the whole shoe, focusing on the oil stain. Remember that this type of material should always be cleaned in the direction of the hair.


Removing oil stains from fabric shoes

Fabric shoes are the easiest to clean. After using talcum, prepare a mixture with warm water, soap and a little baking soda. When the ingredients are well combined, moisten a soft bristle brush and rub the stain. Then let them dry in a shady spot.

Take a look at how to clean white converse or nylon shoes for more specific information.


Test all these homemade tricks to remove oil stains from your shoes and get rid of them.

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