Mar 16, 2020

Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
 
===Absorbing Recent Spills===
 
===Absorbing Recent Spills===
#Absorb the surface oil with granular coconut coir (coconut husk - a far safer alternative to the usual application; kitty litter/clay). Pour around the oil spill to stop it from spreading further, and on top of the oil. Use a brush to move around the coconut coir and soak up all the oil. <ref>https://ift.tt/33qcIP6>[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 1.jpg|center]]
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#Absorb the surface oil with granular coconut coir (coconut husk - a far safer alternative to the usual application; kitty litter/clay). Pour around the oil spill to stop it from spreading further, and on top of the oil. Use a brush to move around the coconut coir and soak up all the oil. [[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 1.jpg|center]]
 
#*Check the label for health and safety information before using any oil absorbent. Some of these materials may be dangerous to inhale.
 
#*Check the label for health and safety information before using any oil absorbent. Some of these materials may be dangerous to inhale.
 
#Dispose of the coconut coir.<ref>http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/13477/how-to-safely-and-not-so-safely-dispose-of-oil-soaked-rags</ref>[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Dispose of the coconut coir.<ref>http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/13477/how-to-safely-and-not-so-safely-dispose-of-oil-soaked-rags</ref>[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 2.jpg|center]]
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#Scrub thoroughly. It can take some effort to drive the soap into the oil stain, especially if it's penetrated deeply. Scrub with a stiff brush until there are plenty of suds.[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 5.jpg|center]]
 
#Scrub thoroughly. It can take some effort to drive the soap into the oil stain, especially if it's penetrated deeply. Scrub with a stiff brush until there are plenty of suds.[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 5.jpg|center]]
 
#*Do not use a wire brush, which may scratch the concrete.
 
#*Do not use a wire brush, which may scratch the concrete.
#Absorb after 10–60 minutes. Wait at least 10 minutes for the soap to pull up the oil, and up to an hour for heavy spills.<ref>https://ift.tt/33qcIP6> Once ready, absorb the dirty soap mixture using more kitty litter, paper towels, or a disposable sponge. Dispose of all oil-soaked materials as you handled the first round of kitty litter.[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 6.jpg|center]]
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#Absorb after 10–60 minutes. Wait at least 10 minutes for the soap to pull up the oil, and up to an hour for heavy spills. Once ready, absorb the dirty soap mixture using more kitty litter, paper towels, or a disposable sponge. Dispose of all oil-soaked materials as you handled the first round of kitty litter.[[Image:Clean up Oil Spills in a Garage Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#*Blot the paper towel or sponge directly onto the soap, lifting up. Do not rub it against the floor.
 
#*Blot the paper towel or sponge directly onto the soap, lifting up. Do not rub it against the floor.
 
#*If the soap is difficult to pick up, dilute it with warm or hot water. Absorb all of the water before it carries pollutants to a garden or storm drain.
 
#*If the soap is difficult to pick up, dilute it with warm or hot water. Absorb all of the water before it carries pollutants to a garden or storm drain.


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