How to Remove Butter From Furniture Fabric

Butter is commonly used as a flavor enhancement in cooking applications, such as frying and baking. The smooth texture of butter makes it ideal for spreading over breads and other baked foods. Since butter consists mainly of butterfat, it can produce oily protein stains on fabric surfaces. The longer that greasy stains remain on furniture upholstery, the harder they are to remove. Furthermore, oily stains mar the appearance of furniture. Promptly remove butter from furniture fabric using certain absorbent supplies.

Melted butter can splash onto fabric surfaces and produce oily stains.
  1. Scrape off the butter from the fabric, using a spoon. Remove as much butter as possible with the spoon.

  2. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of baking soda directly onto the affected fabric. Keep the baking soda on the fabric for 15 minutes to absorb the oil.

  3. Vacuum the stained area with a vacuum attachment. Remove all baking soda from the fabric.

  4. Apply a prewash enzyme stain remover directly to the stain. Read the product's label for instructions on how much to apply. Keep the stain remover on the fabric for the amount of time recommended by the product manufacturer.

  5. Dampen a cotton cloth with warm water. Blot the affected fabric with the damp cloth to rinse out the enzyme stain remover.

  6. Blot the fabric with a terry cloth towel until dry. Repeat the process if some oil still remains on the fabric.


  • Test the prewash stain remover on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to prevent discoloration and other damages.
  • Do not use hot water on the stain; hot water makes stains more difficult to remove from fabric.

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