Tile floors are easy to clean. But when you have to clean oil that has spilled off a tile floor, the task can be difficult. Since water and oil don’t mix, dealing with an oil spill requires a little more effort than your typical coffee or wine spill. Reaching out for the mop may not be an ideal option. The cleaning process can be even more challenging if the oil contains broken glass, say from a bottle of olive oil. Here are a few tips on how to clean oil off tile floor for when this happens.
How to Clean Oil Off Tile Floor - Safely Cleaning Up the Mess
Don’t know how to clean oil off tile floor? You’ll need to safely pick up the broken glass pieces, apply absorbent material onto the spill and then wipe it all up.
Items You’ll Need
• Corn starch
• Kitty litter
• Baking soda
• Wood shavings
• Dish liquid
• Lint roller
• Paper towels
Steps to Clean the Spill
If there’s broken glass in the oil spill, wear shoes with rubber soles or are washable. Then use tongs or garden gloves to pick up the larger pieces of glass. To avoid tearing your waste bag, wrap the glass in newspaper.
Use and absorbent material such as baking soda, salt, corn starch, kitty litter, sand or wood shavings to cover the oil.
Give the absorbent material about ten to 15 minutes to soak up the oil.
Use a spatula or paper towels to scoop the material into a dustpan.
Repeat steps two to four until you've removed most of the oil.
Wipe off the remaining oil residue with paper towels or slices of bread.
Use some warm water and a gentle soap or dish liquid that has been designed to cut through oil and grease to mop the floor. You can also make this solution to remove stubborn stains from your carpet.
If the spill contains some glass particles, wait until the floor dries before running thick tape or a lint roller over the area to pick up any shards.
Finally, wash the dustpan, spatula and mop with warm water and dish liquid.
Once the floor has dried, inspect the area to see if there’s any stain remaining. If you can still see a stain, repeat the entire process. You may have to clean the floor up to three times before you’ve removed all of the stain.
If the oil container didn’t break on the floor, wipe it on the outside with a cloth that’s been dipped in soapy water. The idea is to prevent the container from slipping the next time you pick it up.
If you use a cloth towel to clean up the spill, wash it in hot water using your usual laundry detergent. Then let the towel air dry. Alternatively, you can use rags that you won’t mind throwing away.
Oil spills can occur anywhere. Everything from hairspray residue floating in the bathroom to cooking oils splattering out of pans and cooking pots can stain your tile flooring. Knowing how to clean oil off tile floor helps you to ensure your floor is clean while preserving its durability and authenticity.