Motor oil is one of those substances that can get everywhere if you’re not careful. A quick peek under the hood of your car is all it takes to get a blob of oil that can stain your driveway, your clothes, or get tracked into your home.
There are many different things you can do to get rid of oil stains from these various surfaces. Below we outline some ideas to safely remove oil stains from concrete, carpet, and clothing; Three of the main places you find unwanted oil on a regular basis.
Removing Motor Oil Stains from Concrete
Oil stains on an otherwise clean driveway stand out, and not in a good way. To minimize or eliminate oil stains on a concrete surface, you can absorb the worst of it with sawdust or kitty litter. After you’ve completely saturated the oil spot, sweep it up and put it in the trash.
If you happen to have a bag of dry cement laying around (of course you do) take a small scoop and sprinkle it over the oil. Let it dry for at least 24 hours, and just sweep up the excess followed by a blast of high pressure water from your hose or a power washer.
Removing Car Oil Stains from Carpet
A speedy response to oil that’s been tracked on your carpet is critical to its successful removal. A delay means the oil will soak right into your carpet fibres, making it much harder to remove. Rubbing alcohol or dry-cleaning solvent soaked into a damp sponge will help to blot the carpet stain. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.
Removing Motor Oil Stains from Clothing
Like carpet, attacking oil stained clothing immediately is very important. Remove the article of clothing as soon as possible and sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder on the stain to absorb the excess oil. Leave it for several hours. After brushing the excess powder away from the stain, flip the article of clothing inside out and blot the back of the stain with a dry cleaning treatment and a cloth before soaking it in a pre-treatment solution.
The laundry aisle of your local grocery store has numerous products available to pre-treat grease stains. Always read and follow all directions carefully, making certain that the product will work for the type of fabric you are treating.
As you can see, getting a motor oil stain on your concrete, carpet or clothes isn’t the end of the world, but the sooner you can get working on removing the stain, the more success you will have. At Parkside, we want to become a resource for all your automotive questions. If there’s anything you ever need to know, just give us a shout – we’re always happy to talk about your next project, or solve that mysterious noise.