Oil and Grease Stains on your Driveway
In order to remove oil or grease stains from a driveway, the soiled area should first be covered with Portland cement so that it sucks the excess fluid. The practice is carried out several times. Stain is wetted and sprayed with an engine degreaser or applied with a full strength concentrated cleaning powder. The floor is scrubbed thoroughly with a hard brush and washed with a water hose.
An alternate method for cleaning oil stains from a garage is to scrub the floor using a hard wire brush after absorbing the excess oil. It is then wiped off with a rag that has been soaked in oil turpentine. Then a paste is prepared by mixing 2 volumes of hydrated lime and one volume of oil turpentine. A 5 mm thick layer of this paste is used to cover the stain while covering a considerable area around the stain as well. A plastic sheet is placed over it and left overnight. The paste is removed and the affected area is rinsed with a water hose.
Yet another technique employed to clean oil and grease stains from a concrete driveway is to spread sawdust or cat litter above the affected area to suck excess liquid from the surface. It is allowed to remain over there for one or two days, and then swept away. Dried cement is then poured over the area. After a few days, the cement is swept away, leaving no stain behind.
Oil and Grease Stains on your Carpet
After blotting oil from the carpet as much as possible, cornmeal is applied to absorb the remaining spill. Talcum powder can also be used instead. It is then removed with a brush. A commercial dry-cleaning solvent like “K2r Spot Lifter” is sponged onto the grease or oil spot, followed by the application of a dry spotter. A dry spotter is prepared by mixing one volume of coconut oil with 8 volumes of dry-cleaning solvent.
A pad moistened with dry spotter is placed over the stained area until the stain continues to be removed. The stain is then flushed with a dry-cleaning solvent. If the stain continues to be visible, it is sponged with water and then applied with a wet spotter and white vinegar. A pad containing wet spotter is placed onto it, until the stain vanishes. It is then washed and dried.
Oil and Grease Stains on Cotton
The procedure for removing oil stains from fabrics like cotton, linen and spandex is essentially the same as that for carpets except that ammonia drops are used instead of white vinegar, in combination with the wet spotter.
Oil and Grease Stains on Leather and Suede
A thick paste is prepared by mixing fuller’s earth with water. The paste is rubbed into the grease stain on a leather surface. After the applied paste has dried out, the resultant powder is removed with a brush. If it doesn’t serve the purpose fully well, commercial leather cleaner may also be employed. An oil stain on a suede surface can be treated first with lemon juice and then with steam, followed by scrubbing with a brush.