Kitty litter is the best stuff on earth for that, and oil or transmission
fluid spills too. I keep a bag on hand in the garage for just that reason.
You can go to an auto parts store and buy a bag of "Oil Dri" but guess what it
is? Hint: the manufacturer of Cat's Pride brand cat litter is, you guessed it,
the OilDri Corporation. Generic kitty litter from the grocery store is a *lot*
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Thats funny as I would expect the kitty litter to contain perfumes that
oildry does not. But I guess one has less competition. They do bear an
uncanny resemblance and I always thought so, but never bothered to check.
I'll whip out this next time the fellas are over fixing something. Make
me look smarter :)
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
Soak up as much as possible with cat litter - the cheapest kind you can
find. Pour it on, walk on it, wait a day, sweep, and repeat. Some fluid's
probably soaked into the floor already, but using the litter, you can at
least soak up whatever might get on shoes and be tracked into the house.
Next, a tip from my mechanic, who's got the cleanest floor I've ever seen in
an auto shop: Get yourself some Tide laundry powder and a stiff scrub brush
that you won't ever use for anything else but cleaning oil spills. Mix Tide
with water to make a thick paste. Brush it on, wait a few minutes, rinse
off. Obviously, this would be easier to hose off if it were outside on the
driveway, but do the best you can. You might have to soak up some of the
mess with newspapers.
The wax stripper that commercial janitors use will also do a good clean
. Just spray it on let it set a few minutes and then wipe up.Get it at
a janitol supply or Sam's. Hint: alcohol(methyl) is the greatest of
solvents of grease. All cleaners use it as their base. It has a
thousand uses around a place if you just dilute it to suit your job.
Alcohol is amazing. Last, I wanted to clean a tile in my shower before
mounting a plastic hook with double-sided tape. (By the way, 3M makes these
hooks, and unlike others whose stupid tape comes loose in a week, these
work). Anyway, I wiped down the tile with rubbing alcohol. Guess what? You
know those CLR commercials where one wipe takes away 300 years worth of rust
and soap film, and you say "Yeah right...nothing works like that". The
alcohol removed the soap film in one and a half wipes, squeaky clean. I
immediately wondered why the hell anyone buys expensive bath cleaners
(Lysol, etc) for $2.50 a pint when you can buy a gallon of alcohol at a
paint store so cheaply.
Kitty litter, treat it like any other oil spill.
If you are quick about it blot up and then use
Simple Green on it. (assume you have an unpainted
floor, Simple Green might affect the paint if you
do have a painted floor, but then you shouldn't
have any problem wiping it up if you have a
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