How to Get Oil Out of Tile

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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
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Cleaning rags

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Step 1

Blot up as much oil as possible with paper towels. Do not rub, because that would spread the oil to a larger area.

Step 2

Pour a thin layer of talcum powder over any leftover oil, then vacuum up the powder after 15 minutes.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

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