Accidents happen even to the best of us. Sometimes you get so caught up in cooking that you don’t even notice the canola oil bottle is slippery. It suddenly just slips right out of your hand and onto the floor, shattering the bottle into millions of tiny pieces and spilling oil all over your tile. If you don’t absorb all of the oil thoroughly, you can risk you or someone in your family to slip on the oil and cause injury. Knowing how to clean oil off tile floor properly will undoubtedly keep you and your family safe and your floor clean.
How To Clean Oil Off Tile Floor
To clean oil off tile floor, you’ll need salt and baking soda to soak up the oil and then wipe up the remaining oil with paper towels.
Materials and Tools
- Gardening gloves
- Closed toe, rubber sole shoes
- Newspaper, mail ads
- Salt or baking soda
- Paper towels
- Dust pan
- Grease fighting dish soap
A Step-by-Step Guide
- Make sure you are wearing rubber or hard sole shoes that can be easily washed afterwards to prevent stepping on any glass.
- Wearing the gardening gloves, collect as much of the glass as you possibly can and wrap it in a newspaper or mail advert page to avoid ripping your garbage bag. Avoid wearing any cotton or rubber gloves as they can rip and tear with glass leading to the very thing you are trying to avoid – getting a big glass cut.
- Once you’ve gotten as much glass as you possibly can from the spill and its surrounding areas, cover the oil in something absorbent such as salt or baking soda. This may take about 10-15 minutes and is going to require a lot of which ever substance you choose to use.
- Using a paper towel and a dustpan, take out as much of the salt or baking soda as possible and throw it away into the trash.
- Check for excess oil and repeat step 3 as needed or until there is no longer a giant oil puddle at your feet.
- When all the oil is picked up and taken away, add some grease fighting dish soap and hot water to a paper towel and wipe away any residue that is left. Thoroughly wipe the residue off as just the tiniest drop of oil can cause someone to slip and fall.
- After this process, wait for the floor to dry completely and go over the area with a vacuum to be sure you have picked up every last bit of glass. If your vacuum is not picking up tiny particles of glass, you can also go over the area with a lint roller when it is all dry to remove any miniscule glass pieces left. Once you’ve finished vacuuming, you can also mop your floor to ensure that it’s clean again.
We all make mistakes, whether they be on carpets or tile. Some just happen and sometimes we figure out it could have been avoided. Either way, knowing how to clean oil off tile floor can really be useful during a time of mishap. Make sure that your oil bottle is clean of any residue after each use to avoid a slippery accident by wiping it down with some dish soap and a paper towel. Hopefully that little tip will keep you from having to clean up a huge mess later on.