Home heating oil spills and overflows can make quite a mess. Not only do you have to clean up the oil itself, but you have to remove the odor that is left behind. If you have recently had an oil spill or overflow on a concrete surface, learn how to remove both the stain and the odor in the tips below.
Immediate Clean Up
The key to successfully cleaning both the oil and the odor is acting quickly. The longer you allow the spilled oil to remain on the concrete surface, the more difficult it will be to remove it for good.
Cover the spill with kitty litter or sawdust. Both of these materials will absorb the oil. Let the material sit for about a half hour and scoop it up. If oil still remains on the surface, reapply the litter or sawdust and repeat the process.
Note: Don't toss the oil saturated litter or sawdust into your general trash. This is a hazardous waste that you don't want to end up in the landfill. Contact your local waste disposal company to find out where the waste can be dropped off or if it can be picked up at your home. Hold onto the waste until you have completed the clean up process so you can discard of all of the waste at once.
Apply Trisodium Phosphate Paste
In a clean bucket, mix equal amounts of water and trisodium phosphate. Once you have it mixed well, add a little bit of diatomaceous earth into it. Only add small amounts of the earth slowly and stir the mixture until it has the consistency of toothpaste.
Use a putty knife to cover the soiled areas with the paste. Cut the seams on a garbage bag to create a large plastic sheet and cover the paste with the plastic. Tape the plastic to the surface using duct tape. Now, walk away and let the paste work its magic on the stain.
When a couple days have passed, lift a corner of the garbage bag and look to see if the paste has dried completely. If it has, you can begin the next step. If it is still wet, re-tape the plastic and let it sit for another day or so.
Once dry, sweep the paste off of the concrete. If the paste doesn't want to break up with the broom, you may need to use a wire brush to break it up enough to easily sweep it up. Scoop the waste into a bag or box and dispose of it with the saturated litter or sawdust.
Seal the Concrete
The final step in rectifying this situation is to seal the concrete. This can help to seal remaining odors inside the concrete and prevent future spills from becoming absorbed into the concrete.
Although this process takes a few days to finish, it does work and it will help you eliminate both the stain and the odors left behind after a spill. To learn more, contact Self Heating Cooling.