Emu Oil Stains

Emu oil has become a popular natural health product, recommended for everything from improving the appearance of stretch marks to reducing acne to lowering cholesterol levels. Whatever use you find for emu oil, you may eventually find yourself treating another problem - emu oil stains. While oil stains have a reputation for being difficult to remove, knowing how to treat these stains can make removing emu oil stains almost painless.

Emu Oil Stains

Removing Emu Oil Stains From Washable Fabrics

If your emu oil treatment has resulted in unsightly stains on your sheets or washable clothing, it may be possible to save your clothing and other washable fabrics from the trash bin.

Treat emu oil stains on your washable fabrics as soon as you find them. The longer they have to set into fabrics, the more difficult removing oil stains can be, so work fast. Dampen the stains with cool water, then rub the stains with a mild, bleach-free dishwashing liquid to break up the oil. Wash as directed, using regular washing detergent and color-safe bleach for colored fabrics, or liquid chlorine bleach for fabrics that are safe for bleaching.

Do not dry fabrics stained with emu oil or any oil in the dryer until all traces of the stain have been removed. Heat sets stains, especially oil stains, which can become impossible to remove once exposed to heat.

Removing Emu Oil Stains From Dry-Clean Only Fabrics

Like washable fabrics, dry-clean only fabrics need quick treatment to prevent oil stains from setting. To stop an oil stain in its tracks on a dry-clean only item, sprinkle the stain with cornstarch, and take the item directly to the dry-cleaner.

Removing Emu Oil Stains From Upholstery

Emu oil may be good for your skin conditions, but it's anything but beneficial to your upholstered furniture. Removing oil stains from upholstery successfully is a matter of working quickly to blot out the stain before it sets in for good.

To remove an emu oil stain from upholstered furniture, first sprinkle the stain with cornstarch. Let the cornstarch stand on the stain 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum away the loose cornstarch. If any oil stain remains, dampen a clean white cloth with dry cleaning solvent (available in the laundry aisle at most stores), and blot the stain gently. Do not use dry cleaning solvent on leather or vinyl upholstery.

Removing Emu Oil Stains From Carpet

Oil stains like those caused by emu oil spills can leave your carpets feeling greasy and looking even worse. Treat an emu oil stain on your carpet as soon as you discover it for best stain removal results.

Blot up any liquid emu oil from your carpet with paper towel or a clean cloth. Continue to blot until the liquid is completely absorbed. Sprinkle cornstarch over the stain, and allow to stand on the stain 10 to 15 minutes. Vacuum the cornstarch away from the stain. Any remaining oil stain that remains after blotting with cornstarch can be removed by blotting the stain with a cloth dampened with dry cleaning solvent.

Emu oil is touted as cure for almost anything from skin conditions to high cholesterol. While there may be many benefits derived from using emu oil, one of the benefits is certainly not the stains that can result when emu oil comes into contact with your fabrics, upholstery or carpets. Work quickly to remove these pesky stains and return your furniture, carpet and fabrics to tip-top shape.