How Can I Quickly Fix an Oil Spill?

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Sometimes when you work on your car, or overlook a maintenance related check-up, you might accidentally spring an oil spill on your garage floor. An oil spill can leave a big, black spot in your garage or workspace, and it can look just plain ugly. When this happens, you will need to quickly fix it. Luckily, LoanMart is here to tell you how to do it.

Things You Will Need

When cleaning up an oil spill in your garage, driveway, auto shop, or wherever you may happen to be, you will need to act  fast. It is possible to clean up the entire spill, but there are some implements you will need in order to do so. Luckily, a lot of these items are pretty commonplace, and odds are you already have them on hand. These items include:

  • Clay based cat litter
  • 1 brick
  • Bucket of water, as well as dish detergent
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Broom with dustpan
  • Airtight metal coffee can with a lid
  • Garden hose (optional)

How to Quickly Fix an Oil Spill

There is no time to lose when cleaning up an oil spill. You do not want the oil to set and leave a big black spot in your workspace. Luckily, if you act quickly enough, you can clean it all up before it leaves too much of a stain on your floor. Concrete is a porous material, meaning it has tiny holes in it that can absorb liquids, so unfortunately oil can make its way into concrete quickly. Though oil can get into concrete easily, it can also be easily extracted.

Step 1: Attack and Attract the Spilled Oil

You will want to get a hold of the items mentioned above in order to start cleaning up the spilled oil and remove the stain. To get the ball rolling:

  1. The first thing you will want to do is grab the kitty litter and then spread it quickly and evenly all over the oil stain.
  2. From there you should take the brick and grind the kitty litter into the stain.
  3. If the spill or leak is still fresh, wait a moment until the kitty litter has absorbed the oil. If you are trying to get rid of an older oil stain, the kitty litter will need to be allowed to sit a few hours, possibly overnight.
  4. Once you have let the kitty litter sit for an appropriate amount of time, sweep it up and place it into the metal coffee can. From there, check the household hazardous waste laws in your area to determine how you should dispose of the container. Your local trash collection service might come and pick it up, or you could end up having to bring it in to a local disposal center.

Step 2: Wet and Wash

After you have cleared up all of the oil soaked kitty litter, it is time to wash out the rest of the stain and get your concrete floor looking nice and spotless once again. This part of the oil stain removal process might get a little bit monotonous, but it will be well worth all of the time and effort in the long run. In order to finally be rid of the eye sore that has been the oil stain on your floor, you will need to:

  1. Take a scrubbing brush and scrub the lightly stained area with soap and water.
  2. Rinse the dirtied spot with a bucket of water or a garden hose.
  3. Depending on how much of a stain is left, repeat the process as necessary to remove as much of the surface stain as you can.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

While cleaning up an oil leak might not be terribly difficult to do, it is still something that you will more than likely want to avoid doing. This is where the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” comes into play. A little prevention can prevent bigger problems.

Make sure to change your oil as often as necessary and to get your vehicle inspected from time to time to avoid springing any leaks. With steps like these, you can avoid a whole lot of time, money, and headaches.

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