Banish Dried-On Grease Stains From Your Leather Furniture With This Common Item

Few things feel better than eating on the couch after a long day. In fact, about one-third of adults have this habit, according to a 2019 survey conducted on over 1,000 American consumers. On a similar note, British researchers found that 78% of UK adults eat dinner on the sofa. But, as we all know, many foods can leave stubborn stains, ruining our clothes, furnishings, and carpets.

For example, grease stains are particularly difficult to remove from leather furniture because this material tends to absorb oils. And if that wasn't bad enough, the grease can easily spread all over the place and cause a mess. Not to mention dried-on grease stains that may have soaked deep into the leather. One solution is to use talcum powder or similar products containing talc. This clay mineral absorbs moisture and oils without ruining leather surfaces. Ideally, opt for cosmetic-grade talc, as it doesn't contain asbestos. If it's safe for your skin, then it should be safe for leather, too. 

Get grease stains out of your leather sofa with talcum powder

Touted as one of the best natural ingredients for cleaning your leather sofa, talcum powder can remove grease stains and oil spills due to its ability to absorb moisture. If the stain is fresh, blot the affected area with a dry microfiber cloth. After that, apply a layer of talcum powder to the grease stain. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight, and then brush it away with a soft, dry cloth. If the stain has penetrated the leather, you'll most likely need to repeat the above steps. When you're done cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to add moisture and shine. Alternatively, apply a small amount of WD-40 to keep your leather soda in tip-top shape.

It's also okay to use cornstarch or baby powder instead of talcum powder. Just note that it may not be possible to lighten the stained area, especially if the grease has been sitting there for a while. In such cases, you can either paint your leather sofa or cover the stained area with a throw pillow or blanket. It's also a good idea to use a sofa cover to prevent future stains.