Next time someone drops something greasy on your carpet or upholstery, reach for the cornstarch before you grab a chemical-based cleaner. Sprinkling the spill with cornstarch will help absorb the grease. Cover the stain and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum up the cornstarch. If there’s still a stain, then you can reach for a dedicated cleaner (see the best stain removers here) and follow the instructions on the bottle.
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