There are many reasons why oil spills on concrete are a problem, but the most important is that it’s difficult to clean up. The good news is you don’t have to call in expensive professionals for this one.
All you need is some time and patience! In this article, we’ll talk about how to remove used motor oil from concrete and make your floor look like new again-no professional help required.
The first thing you need to do is scrape off any excess oil from the spill area with a putty knife, and then use an absorbent towel or rag to soak up as much of it as possible. You might also want to try using some kind of vacuum cleaner set on “high power” mode if there’s still quite a bit left over after trying other methods.
If this doesn’t work, get out your soap and water solution! Pour some warm (not boiling) soapy water onto the affected area in order to break down the oily film that prevents dirt from absorbing into it. Make sure you stir the mixture occasionally while waiting for up-to-date results; don’t leave it untouched for too long because when you’re on a time crunch, every minute counts!
The soap will create bubbles that attract oil when it’s in liquid form. If the spill is on concrete like your floor, you’ll need to rinse off the affected area with water afterwards for best results.
Now take some dish detergent and mix it into warm (not boiling) water. Make sure there are sufficient suds at all times because they’re necessary for breaking down any leftover oily film – so don’t neglect this step! Pour or spray enough of the mixture onto the spilled area until just before runoff starts to appear on its surface.
You might want to use a non-floppy brush if there are stubborn spots; let them sit for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally, then wipe away with a rag or sponge.
Finally, dry the area with paper towels and then use one last dusting of dish detergent to remove any soap residue left behind.
There you have it-a quick overview on how to clean up oil spills on concrete! We’re not sure what situation you might be in that would require this type of cleaning, but we know accidents happen.
Hopefully these instructions come in handy for the next time your floor is stained by motor oil from some forgotten project; like we said before, at least now you won’t need professional help – unless they can tell us more about using hot water instead of warm water (and when’s the best time).
If there are still concerns after reading all this information, feel free to reach out to us! We’re always happy to help with your concrete or cleaning related questions.