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How to Clean an Oil Spill

If you have ever seen an oil spill in person, then you know how much devastation it can cause. It is important to never let the oil get into the water because it will contaminate everything that it touches. Luckily, there are many ways to clean up an oil spill if one should happen near your home or business. We will discuss 5 methods below that you can use to remove this type of disaster from wherever it has happened!

Clean up the spill with a dry absorbent cloth.

You can use cornstarch in addition to liquid detergent. This will help you get rid of oil stains faster, but be careful because this may cause the stain to spread.

You can use cornstarch in addition to liquid detergent. This will help you get rid of oil stains faster, but be careful because this may cause the stain to spread.

Use soapy water to clean any residue left on the surface.

Apply a thin layer of liquid dish soap or shampoo onto the stain and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before you scrub with a brush. Let it dry completely overnight, then vacuum up the excess powder in the morning. Follow by using a wet sponge to wipe away any remaining residue.

Apply a thin layer of liquid dish soap or shampoo onto the stain and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before you scrub with a brush. Let it dry completely overnight, then vacuum up the excess powder in the morning. Follow by using a wet sponge to wipe away any remaining residue.

You can also add baking soda into your mixture and scrub with a brush. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing away the residue in the sink.

Dry in an airy location away from direct sunlight or other heat sources

Be sure not to put the mats back outside if they have been exposed to oil as this may cause them to re-contaminate your home or other surfaces.

Dry in an airy location away from direct sunlight or other heat sources. Be sure not to put the mats back outside if they have been exposed to oil as this may cause them to re-contaminate your home or other surfaces. Clean with a wet rag and dish soap before hanging up indoors again.

Don't let it spread further

Avoid spreading the oil further. Never use a cloth or towel which has been used for another spill as this can spread residue from one location to another.

Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and dry off completely

An absorbent cloth should be used to soak up the oil before using a dish soap and water solution that will help dissolve it into smaller pieces so you can remove them more easily. You may have to repeat this process several times until all of the residue has been removed from your mats. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and dry off completely before storing away.

Don't forget to clean your tools before you go on to the next spill or mess

Don't forget to clean your tools before you go on to the next spill or mess! Before moving forward to the next clean-up, make sure that you have cleaned your tools and hands with soap and water to avoid spreading the oil further. Never use a cloth or towel which has been used for another spill as this can spread residue from one location to another.

Conclusion

These are just a few ways that you can use household items in order to get rid of oil stains around your home, but there are other methods out there as well! These are just a few examples, so hopefully this blog post has helped inspire some new ideas about how best to handle oil spills at home!

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