How to Fix an Oil Stain on Paper


People use paper because it is naturally absorbent. It soaks up the liquids that come into contact with it, like water. There is no moisture in water-based products, but there is a wet-looking, discolored stain left behind by oil-based products. When there is an oil stain on paper, you need to act quickly to keep the stain from spreading. Make sure you get rid of all of the oil on the surface, as well as draw oil out of the paper fibers.

Step 1

Cornmeal cleans up oil stains.
Cornmeal cleans up oil stains.

Make sure the paper is on a flat surface. Cover the whole stain with a thick layer of cornmeal to get rid of the oil on the paper. Leave the cornmeal on the paper for 30 minutes, then wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Step 2

To get rid of cornmeal, brush it off of your paper and into the trash can. Talcum powder will cover the rest of the stain. After 10 minutes, wipe the talcum powder off. Then, add and remove the talcum powder at 10-minute intervals until no more oil comes off of the paper.

Step 3

Clean the paper with a dry, clean cloth to get rid of all the powder from cornmeal and talcum powder that has been on it.

Step 4

Using clear tape, oil stains on paper are taken out of the paper
Using clear tape, oil stains on paper are taken out of the paper

Then, stick a piece of clear tape on both sides of the oil stain. Peel the tape off to get the oil. Repeat this step as many times as necessary to remove the last traces of oil from the paper.

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