Oil doesn't mix with water, and oil isn't an especially good match for tile, either. If your tile is protected by a sealant, you can clean up most small oil spills with a paper towel or damp sponge. But when oil is given time to pool and penetrate into your tiles, you'll need to employ a more comprehensive solution. Fortunately, you can get oil out of tile using materials that most households already have in the home.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Talcum powder
- Dish soap
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Nylon scrub brush
- Cleaning rags
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Blot up as much oil as possible with paper towels. Do not rub, because that would spread the oil to a larger area.
Pour a thin layer of talcum powder over any leftover oil, then vacuum up the powder after 15 minutes.
Sprinkle baking soda over the oily portion of the tile spot, then drizzle a small amount of grease-cutting dish soap over the baking soda. Gently scrub the area with a nylon scrub brush. Finish by wiping the baking soda/soap mix away with a damp cleaning rag.
Mop the area with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon water. The vinegar quickly cuts through oily residue and diluting it makes it safe for use on any type of tile or grout.