It happens to almost all of us at some point: Kitty gets into something he shouldn’t, and before you know it, you’ve got an oily, skunk-bombed, chewing-gummed, gluey, or otherwise miserable and dirty cat on your hands. Here are safe and effective techniques for removing four of the most obnoxious and persistent messes your cat could encounter.
Whether it’s motor oil, fuels, vitamin oils, baby oil, or vegetable oil, dish detergent works as well to remove oil from cat fur as it does to clean birds after oil spills. Before you wet down your cat, put the detergent on his fur and massage it in well, rubbing the fur between your fingers. Do this for several minutes, then rinse your kitty with warm water until no more suds appear.
2. Chewing Gum
Need a way to get gum out of your cat’s hair? First, try covering the gum with vegetable oil and letting the oiled gum stand for about 15 minutes. This should cause the gum to slide off without damaging the fur. If that doesn’t work, try vinegar, which can make gum dissolve. Any type of vinegar will do, but I’d recommend white vinegar since it’s the cheapest and least likely to leave stains.
Did your kids just give your cat a fauxhawk, with craft glue? Fear not. The trick to removing glue from cat fur is olive oil and peanut butter, two tasty and nontoxic treats. Dip your fingers into a small amount of olive oil and rub it gently into your cat’s fur for at least 10 minutes. Then let the olive oil/glue mess sit another 10 minutes, comb as much of the stuff as you can, and then apply a small dab of peanut butter to any remaining glue. Work the peanut butter into the fur and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then remove the rest of that with dish soap, as above. (You can substitute canola oil for olive oil and margarine for peanut butter.)
If you’re trying to deskunk your cat, dish soap can save the day here, too. Skunk spray is oil-based, so applying dish soap using the technique above will help to get rid of most of the stench. Then mix 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of the dish detergent, and rub the concoction into your cat’s fur, right down to the skin. Use a hand towel to wash your cat’s face. Even the awesomely nerdy dudes on Mythbusters say this peroxide mixture is the most effective deskunker — much more so than the old standbys of tomato juice or vinegar-water solution.
Have you tried any of these techniques? If so, how have they worked for you? Do you have any other effective methods for getting bizarre contaminants out of your cat’s fur? Let us know in the comments!
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Motor oil out of a cat’s coat?
We’ve got some plans in the works regarding this beauty. I don’t want to say too much in case it doesn’t pan out, but I do want some tips (if possible) on how to get motor oil out of a cat’s coat.
Vet’s advice will be sought (if only so her current condition can be documented for future reference and in case owners turn up – we may report her owners to animal welfare if possible) but in the meantime I’m trying to be prepared for what’s coming.
Who has had a cat covered in motor oil before? How do you get it out?
Re: Motor oil out of a cat’s coat?
The only thing I can suggest is shampooing with a de-greasing (but specially for animals) shampoo. Now if this is a nervous cat this might not be possible . . . I think there might be a thing such a de-greasing wipes that you can just rub over her.
Good luck – she looks like a little darling and would probably benefit from some TLC
Re: Motor oil out of a cat’s coat?
That she will get – as soon as I stop foaming at the mouth over the people who neglected her.
Re: Motor oil out of a cat’s coat?
Our old Roger – jet black, 1974 – 198? – came home one day covered in oil from the tip of his tail to about his armpits. Must have fallen backwards into an oil can/whatever. I found him after he had laid on both the new duvet covers I had got for the kids
He was actually like an oiled bird – no way I could treat him, so he had to go off to the vet for sedative and shampoo. He was fine after.
I don’t think your little visitor needs anything as drastic. The grime looks quite old, so i don’t think it needs anything urgent. You could try gentle rubbing with a ‘microfibre’ cloth – they are very good for picking ‘stuff’ up. Maybe try to rub in a little Fullers Earth to absorb the grease?
I think it will wear off in time, with good housing, a comfy bed and lots of tlc. Good luck.
Get rid of oil residue and pesky driveway stains with these easy cleaning tips.
A little dirt on your driveway is expected, but the black spots from an oil leak are harder to overlook. Fortunately, you can remove oil stains with a few simple cleaning methods. Learn how to how to get oil off a driveway using common household products, such as dish soap and baking soda. Plus, read up on products specifically designed for tackling tough oil stains on concrete.
Must-Know Tips Before You Get Started
An oil leak or spill is problematic not only for your vehicle, but it can also be a headache for your driveway. Those drips and splotches make for unsightly blemishes that detract from the beauty of your home and yard. Removing oil stains from a driveway starts with choosing the right cleaning solution. A variety of household supplies can be used to clean oil spills. However, you might need to call on a more powerful cleaner specially formulated to clean driveways or concrete.
For driveways on an incline, start at the highest point and work your way down so any dirty water and residue doesn’t flow over portions you’ve already cleaned. Keep an eye out for plants and landscaping when using cleaners. Some cleaners provide instructions for protecting plants from runoff and errant sprays. The manufacturer might recommend saturating the surrounding plants, grass and vegetation with water before using the cleaner.
Remember: Oil is flammable. Be diligent with cleaning up spills, and safely discard any materials that have been in contact with the oil.
How to Use Household Products to Remove Oil Stains from a Driveway
Common household products such as cat litter ($10, Amazon), baking soda, dish soap ($4, Target), and even laundry detergent are prime tools for tackling oil stains. Here’s how to use household supplies get rid of oil stains on a driveway.
- Absorb Excess Oil: Start by absorbing any oil sitting on the surface of the driveway. The ultra-absorbent properties of cat litter make it an ideal material for this task. Sprinkle cat litter over a fresh stain and let the cat litter absorb the oil. Scoop away and dispose of the cat litter. Rinse off any remaining residue with water.
- Scrub Stain: Once the cat litter has absorbed any excess oil, give the stain a good scrubbing with a paste of baking soda and water, then rinse with clean water. Baking soda is a mild alkali that's effective at dissolving dirt and grease.
- Lather and Rinse: Formulated to cut grease, dish soap is another effective solution for treating oil stains on a driveway. Squirt some dish soap onto the oil stain. Scrub the stain with a heavy-duty brush. Then rinse away the soap with water. Repeat the process until the oil stain fades.
Keep in mind that tough driveway materials like concrete and asphalt can withstand heavy scrubbing. Don’t shy away from using a little elbow grease and a heavy-duty brush to remove the oil stains.
How to Clean Oil Off a Driveway with Laundry Detergent
If you have powdered laundry detergent ($14, Target) on hand, try this method for treating oil stains on a driveway.
- Apply Detergent: Sprinkle powdered laundry detergent over the oil spill. Carefully apply enough warm water over the laundry detergent to form a paste.
- Scrub Stain: Scrub the spot with a stiff nylon brush for approximately two minutes, then let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse: Scrub the spot for one additional minute, then rinse away the laundry detergent with clean, warm water.
Best Tools and Cleaning Products for Removing Driveway Oil Stains
Tough or old oil stains might require something a little more potent than dish soap or laundry detergent. Hardware stores, big-box home improvement retailers, and even auto shops carry a variety of cleaners designed to treat oil stains. Some concrete cleaners and oil stain removers ($10, The Home Depot) are formulated to be diluted before application, but can also be used full-strength for difficult stains. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper usage.
Power washing is another method for cleaning oil stains on a driveway. If you don’t own a power washer, check your local hardware store or home improvement retailer for rental options. Use a concrete and driveway cleaner ($10, Walmart) formulated for use with a pressure washer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the best results.
A good deck scrub brush ($6, The Home Depot) is also a must-have for cleaning stains on a concrete driveway. Wear work gloves to protect your hands as you scrub to avoid scraping your knuckles on the concrete. You should also wear proper safety gear, according to the product's instructions.
Modern asphalt is a combination of petroleum byproducts, fillers, binders, and a variety of different substrates. In other words – it’s oil and some rocks. Even though oil makes up a significant portion of asphalt, foreign oil is an enemy to your gorgeous asphalt driveway.
Not only are oil stains ugly, but leaks from your engine that seep down can also soften your blacktop by chemically weakening the bonds that make it durable. Areas below oil stains are more likely to crack, pit, and chip – no good for your curb appeal and no good for your asphalt.
Thoroughly clean your asphalt driveway of all dust and debris. Use a garden hose to gently wash away all dirt, leaves, and anything that shouldn’t be there. Do not use a pressure washer or high-powered nozzle, which can push the oil or foreign debris further into the asphalt. You’re only rinsing, not decontaminating.
Mop up excess and surface oil with an absorbent cloth until you can’t get anymore. The sooner you can get to an oil stain, the more likely you can soak most of it up without much further effort. After the initial mop, it’s time to draw more of the stain out.
There are many different products you can use to absorb excess oil, but sawdust, baking soda, and non-clumping cat litter are the most popular methods. Pour a liberal amount of absorbing material over the stain and allow it to sit overnight. You can put a towel over your pile to help keep it secure from the elements.
Sweep up your absorbing material and dispose of it. Re-rinse the area with a gentle spray. If there’s still excess oil, add another batch of cat litter or proceed to step 4 if you can’t get anything else up.
If the stain was fresh, absorbing the excess might do the trick, but if the stain is older, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. You can use a stiff wire brush (not metal brush which will scratch your asphalt) hose, and a cleaning agent like dish detergent to scrub out the rest of the stain.
How long and how hard you need to scrub depends on the size of the stain and how long it’s been there. You may not be able to get every trace of oil off at once, but a hearty scrub will make a significant change in the stain’s appearance and its ability to harm your driveway.
Pro Tips – Avoid any cleaning agents containing citrus or other solvents. They’ll clean the oil stains but cause more damage than any oil stain ever caused. Most homeowners use dish detergent or an all-around non-solvent based cleaner like Simple Green.
Follow up with a seal coat. If there’s one thing asphalt contractors agree on, it’s that not enough home and business owners regularly seal their asphalt. The area you cleaned may look better, but when you scrub off oil, but you can also scrub off the asphalt’s top protective layer. A proper seal will polish things off and can help keep oil from getting into your asphalt to begin with.
Mitigate future spills. Add an oil catch under leaky engines and ask any contractors to put tarps down before parking their vehicle on your fresh asphalt. The best offense is a strong defense.
Other Quick Tips on Cleaning Oil other Stains Off Your Asphalt
The steps above are primarily used for oil stains but can be used on stains from organic debris and other stains most likely to occur on asphalt.
There are commercial concrete and asphalt cleaners to help clean oil stains, but most homeowners only need cat litter, dish detergent, and elbow grease. If you’re working with a stubborn stain, consider a microbe-based asphalt cleaner. Microbe-based cleaning agents use tiny microbes instead of chemical bonding to eat the oil and convert it into harmless waste.
Try to take care of any oil stains before the colder months of winter. Stains are much more stubborn, and you’re much more likely to cause damage to your blacktop when you clean during freezing temperatures. Take care of stains during the even temperatures of fall.
When in Doubt Call the Pros
Most homeowners can easily clean oil stains off their driveway, but not all homeowners can or frankly want to. If you’re ever in doubt about your cleaning ability or don’t want to deal with the hassle of scrubbing, call your local asphalt contractor.
Clean Asphalt is Happy Asphalt
Now you know how to remove oil stains from your asphalt driveway. Follow the steps, be careful with your cleaner, and call the professionals if you’re in doubt. With these tips, you’ll have a beautiful blacktop that your neighbors will admire.
Oil stains on asphalt driveways are not just unsightly—they can get tracked into your house or in your car. Removing oil stains from your asphalt driveway is not at all like wiping up a food spill on your kitchen floor. Instead, you need to adjust your methods and use greater force in combination with chemicals that effectively break up the oil.
Basics of Cleaning Oil From Asphalt Surfaces
Even before you begin, you have an advantage. Asphalt is an impermeable surface—less porous than concrete. Since asphalt sheds water, it also has a tendency to shed oil stains.
You can break up old oil stains from asphalt with force, with chemicals, or with a combination of the two. Force comes in the form of a pressure washer, a nylon scrub brush, or a wire brush. Chemicals are either petroleum-based or they can be environmentally friendly degreasers.
Once you have broken up the oil stain, the residue must be moved off of the asphalt driveway. Leaving the residue in place will only re-stain the driveway after it has dried.
Do-it-yourself pressure washing an asphalt driveway will break up and wash away oil stains. Pressure washing is pure force and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Sustained pressure washing with a needle-thin spray will not just break up the oil but potentially can break up the asphalt, as well.
So, hitting the asphalt with just the right force is a delicate balancing act. Pressure washers in the 1,600 psi range or less may not be able to remove the oil stains. You’ll need a higher pressure machine in the 3,000 psi range to effectively remove the oil.
Experience and better tools separate do-it-yourself pressure washing from professional work. For cleaning oil stains, professionals will use a special flat surface cleaning head that looks much like a floor buffer.
Water pressure up to 4,000 psi elevates the large cleaning head, delivering up to 8 GPM. Professional pressure washers can remove even the worst oil stains with this tool, all while preserving your driveway. Because the force is not as directed as with a needle-thin spray, there is little danger of breaking up the asphalt.
An alternative to toxic cleaners, green degreasers work on oil stains without harsh chemicals or abrasives. Most green degreasers use alcohol ethoxylates as their active ingredients. Some green degreasers also include citrus for improved cleaning ability and for a pleasant odor.
Green degreasers can be used either at full strength (directly from the bottle) or diluted with water. For oil stains, green degreasers require vigorous scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush. Follow by washing away the residue with water. Several applications may be necessary to fully remove the oil stains from the asphalt.
Oven cleaner already cleans off oil and grease stains in your oven, so how about on your driveway? While oven cleaner definitely falls in the toxic category—it contains lye, ether, ethylene glycol, and other poisonous chemicals—it will break up the oil stains on your driveway.
Spray the oil stain with the oven cleaner and let it foam up and sit for about 15 minutes. Use a wire or nylon brush to scrub the stain, then wash it away.
Bags or buckets of fine granular clay are sold for the purpose of absorbing oil and other fluids on the pavement. Granular clay is most effective on fresh, standing pools of oil. Old, dried oil spots generally will not be cleaned off with absorbent material.
Scoop the granular clay onto the oil spill, then spread it with a broom. Maintain a thickness of 1/2-inch to 1-inch to fully absorb the spill. Once the oil has been absorbed, sweep up the absorbent and dispose of it.
Cat litter absorbs and cleans oil stains from asphalt much like granular clay because it is also based largely on granular clay.
Granular clay and cat litter too can be used preventative measures, prior to oil spills. Just spread out 1/2-inch or more of the product under the location (such as an engine block) where you expect the oil spill to occur.
When using cat litter to clean oil from your asphalt, be sure to use the clay-based litter. Do not use silica gel or biodegradable cat litters made from newspaper, corn, wheat, or pine.
Cat litter offers the advantage of being a quick way to mop up oil spills from asphalt since many households already have cat litter on hand. If you intend to use cat litter over the long-term, switch to the pure granulated clay product. Cat litter is far more expensive than granular clay.
Low-viscosity spray penetrating oils like WD-40 or Liquid Wrench can clean oil stains from asphalt driveways because they are petroleum-based. These products are toxic, so be careful when using them. While they are effective, they are also an expensive method because so much of the product is required.
Baking soda can do almost anything. But is it up to the task of cleaning oil stains from asphalt?
Baking soda has no special chemical properties that break up oil. Simply put, baking soda is a mild abrasive. Combined with water and a scrub brush, baking soda is moderately effective at breaking up those oil stains. Use only a little water in order to make a paste.
Baking soda can also be used as an absorbent, much like granular clay or cat litter. But baking soda's finer grains are more difficult to remove from the asphalt.
Oil is possibly the most annoying thing to clean. Maybe, if it’s the translucent cooking oil we are talking about, then the pain is not that severe. However, if we are talking about oil, dirty motor oil, then be ready for persistent stains on your garage floor. Is there anything we can do about it? Fortunately, god is yet to abandon us – there are ways to remove motor oils and make your floor as clean as new!
1. Absorbing the Oil
The longer the oil stays on the spot, the darker the stain will be. So, try to absorb the oil spill as soon as you found it. The fastest way available would be absorbing them using paper towels and rags. However, depending on the quantity of the spill, you may need a lot of paper towels. Also, if you plan to reuse the rags, then you would better off giving up because oil stains are even harder to wash from clothes.
Is there any other alternative, then? Of course! Anything with quick-absorbing ability can be used instead. Things like sand, cement, sawdust, or cat litter can totally do the job. Wheat flour or any other starch can be used as well, but it will get costly with bigger spills.
To use them, just sprinkle until the matter covered the oil spill thoroughly, wait for a moment (an hour should suffice) until the oils are all absorbed, then remove using a broom and dustpan. The oil on the surface should be absorbed right off.
If you are using cat litter, you can leave it to absorb the oil for a longer period. Cat litter is the most effective matter in this case. In fact, it can even remove the stain! If your spill is big and concentrated, make sure to crush the cat litter as finely as possible, cover the oil with it thoroughly, and leave it for a full 24 hours before cleaning it away.
2. Cleaning the Stain
What if there’s stain? If you don’t absorb the oil right after it spilled, then the oil more than likely to develop a persistent stain. Don’t worry, though. You can clean them with strong hands and some help from a few chemicals. Here are the methods for the lightest to the darkest stain:
Hot Water and Dish Soap
This is the oldest trick in the book. If you have something dirty, wash it in hot water and soap vigorously until all impurities are lifted. In the case of oil stain, it’s best to leave the solution on top of the stain for an hour or two first.
After that, scrub it with a stiff floor brush to remove the stain as much as possible. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Though we call for dish soap, any soap should do the job. If you want a stronger solution, concentrated detergent should be the best choice.
Rubbing Alcohol, Brake Cleaner, or Paint Thinner
Is the old trick ineffective? Then, try using a stronger solution. Rubbing alcohol is another all-purpose cleaner that you can use. If not, try using brake cleaner or paint thinner. The steps are the same with hot water and soap – leave it on for a while, rub vigorously, and then repeat.
However, instead of a stiff brush, try using a rag or paper towel to both applying and rubbing the matter as they hold the liquids better.
Degreaser is indeed designed for oil stains. However, since it contains strong chemicals, don’t forget to provide good ventilation and wear eye protection. After meeting the requirement, use the degreaser according to the instruction of the package. Usually, you will have to wait until it dries into powder form after a few hours then scrape it to clean.
Now we are getting straight to chemical town. TSP aka trisodium phosphate is also effective for oil stains. However, make sure that you use the phosphate-free ones (it usually labeled as TSP-PF). Don’t forget eye protection and rubber gloves as well.
To apply TSP, mix it to a gallon of hot water thoroughly. Then, pour the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. After it is soaked completely, brush the stain with a stiff brush and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
Microbial Oil Stain Remover
What if your stain is old and too persistent to remove with the methods above? Then, consider purchasing microbial oil stain remover. This product uses micro-organisms that are actually capable to eat grease and oil.
So, instead of forcibly removing the stain from the floor, it will dissolve the oil to nothingness. To use this product, apply with a pump sprayer and let it do its job. Depending on the persistence of the stain, it may need 24 hours.
After the period, clean the area with soap and water then rinse. If nothing works, this remover should work the magic if given enough time. FYI, this product is also biodegradable, which means it is safer for the environment compared to the other methods!
3. How to Prevent Oil Stain
To begin with, oil stains is an annoying existence. So, rather than trying to clean it, avoiding it altogether would be a better choice. But how do we do it? Simple, put an unused container under places that possibly spill oil. This method should be effective especially when you know your vehicle has oil issues. If you are doing maintenance, do the same.
However, if a container makes it difficult for you to move around, try spreading rags or nylon sheets instead. They should prevent the oil from touching the floor at all, so the stain can be avoided altogether.
So, how do we effectively remove motor oil from the garage floor? First of all, absorption is essential – the faster you remove the oil, the less stain there will possibly be. However, if there are stains after all, then we can clean it using hot water and soap, rubbing alcohol, degreaser, paint thinner, TSP, or even a microbial oil stain cleaner. Depending on the method you choose, it should take one to several tries until the stain is erased for good.
Do you notice some unsightly oil stains on your concrete garage floor or driveway? If you keep your cars, lawn mowers and similar outdoor equipment in the garage, it is practically impossible to prevent occasional oil spills or grease stains from happening. Oil spills or grease stains are not only unsightly, but they can also make you slip and fall, ruin your shoes, and get tracked into the house.
The good news is that there are several feasible options on how to clean oil off concrete garage floor. In this article, we take a look at some of the best ways on How to Clean Oil off Concrete Garage Floor. All our methods are quite simple and affordable, but they will demand a certain amount of elbow grease as far as scrubbing goes.
Cleaning Supplies Needed:
- A broom
- A nylon brush with stiff bristles
- Stiff plastic scrapper or putty knife
- Laundry detergent
- Cat litter or sawdust
- Eco-friendly degreaser
Table of Contents
How to Clean Oil from Garage Using a Detergent
Step 1: Absorption
To clean a recent or fresh oil spill, spread the cat litter or sawdust liberally on the affected area to absorb the excess oil or grease. Make sure the entire stain is covered in order to remove as much oil stain as possible from the concrete garage floor. Allow the litter to stay for up to two days before sweeping it up.
Step 2: Sweeping
After blotting up as much of the oil stain as possible with cat litter, sweep it up before applying any soap solvent. Failure to sweep up the litter might result in a secondary stain, which could be harder to remove. Using a broom, sweep the concrete to get rid of the litter or sawdust from oil-stained garage floor. Then, vacuum the concrete floors to eliminate all the dust and dirt from the floors.
Step 3: Mopping
This step is all about mopping your concrete garage floor using a mixture of soap and water. Rinse the floors with clean, cold water using a garden hose. This is to make sure that you will be working in a completely clean area free of dirt, dirt and debris.
Step 4: Saturation
In this step, you are going to saturate the oil stain with your cleaning solution to dislodge the grease and break up the stain. To make the solution extremely soapy, mix a generous amount of liquid dish soap with warm water in a bucket. Pour the soapy solution directly onto the stain to saturate the oil stain, and leave it seated on the stain for about one hour.
Step 5: Scrubbing
After pouring laundry detergent onto the stain and letting it sit for an hour, scrub the stain with a quality nylon-bristle brush which leaves no marks or scratches on the concrete surface. Remember, oil stains in a porous concrete floor will call for a bit of elbow grease to completely blast off the stain.
Scrub the stain in a circular motion, adding a little water and reapplying the laundry detergent if necessary. When done, rinse the soapy water out of the garage using a power jet wand or garden hose. Apply a higher pressure for better results. Finally, let the area air dry.
How to Clean Oil off Garage Floor Using Pour-N-Restore Method
Pour-N-Restore is a cleaning option comprising a combination of a citrus degreaser and a non-leaching absorbent. It is one method that works more effectively for spot-cleaning smaller oil stains. Follow the steps below to clean oil from garage floor.
Step 1: Scrape off the spots
Using a putty knife or stiff plastic scraper, scrape any oil, grit and sand off the affected spots and sweep the area clean. It is recommended that you wear a dust mask, gloves and eye protection in this step. It would also be useful to ensure good ventilation.
Step 2: Cover the stain with Pour-N-Restore
Spread a liberal amount of Pour-N-Restore over the stain with a quarter-inch notched trowel. Allow it to dry completely. Depending on the humidity and temperature, it requires up to eight hours or longer to fully dry. We recommend using this method at temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Sweep it up
As soon as the Pour-N-Restore has dried into a powder, sweep it up thoroughly. Throw the powder into the trash immediately for secure disposal.
Step 4: Allow the moisture to evaporate
After sweeping the powder, you can now relax and allow the moisture from the affected spot to evaporate completely. This should take a couple of days. The stain will be gone when all the moisture from the area is fully gone. If the oil stain persists, reapply the product and scrub the spot with a nylon bristle brush or push broom. Leave it to dry, and then sweep up to blast off the powder.
Warning : Do not use Pour-N-Restore on asphalt.
How to Clean Oil from Garage Floor Using a Poultice
Using a poultice is another common method used to remove oil stains from concrete garage floors. Poultice works largely on small and stubborn stains. This treatment option is made by saturating an absorbent material (like pool filter media, cat litter or sawdust) with a strong solvent (like lacquer thinner, acetone, MEK, or xylene).
All you need to do is smear this material over the oil stain on concrete garage floor. After applying the poultice mixture on the oil stain, cover it with a plastic wrap and leave it to rest. Poultice works through the process of osmosis, allowing the solvent to break down the oil and pull it out of the concrete by absorption. Even though this process works, it is time-consuming and may not be cost-effective or practical when it comes to dealing with large oil stains.
Quite evidently, cleaning oil off concrete garage floor is super simple as long as you know the right ingredients and steps to do it. Panicking or calling in the professionals to clean oil or grease spots on your concrete garage floor is not a wise idea as you may end up spending a lot of money for no good reason. Simply grab a scrub brush, pick up your favorite cleaner and get down to business. We recommend cleaning the oil stain as soon as it happens to make the process easier and less time-intensive.
Snowy, like most Irish cats, is allowed to come and go from his own home as he pleases. A few weeks ago, Snowy was unlucky enough to encounter a danger that took everyone by surprise – she was attacked by human beings. Snowy is a friendly creature who likes attention. He likes to be petted behind her ears, and he purrs loudly. Nobody saw exactly what happened that day, but the consequences were very serious.
One morning, Ciara’s mother heard a commotion of some kind, with the sound of raised voices. She went out into the street, and she saw a group of three youths running away from her, which immediately raised her suspicion that they might have been up to something. At the same time, Snowy rushed into the house from the same direction. He was obviously distressed, and he looked soaking wet.
At first, the O’Connells thought that the youths had thrown a bucket of water at their cat. They coaxed Snowy out of the corner where he had hidden, and it was only then that they realised that something much more sinister had happened. Snowy had been drenched not in water, but in diesel fuel. It seemed that something horrific had almost happened that morning: the youths had thrown fuel onto him, then had tried to set him alight.
Snowy had been very lucky. Diesel fuel is not as inflammable as many people believe, and he had not suffered the awful fate of being burnt alive. Instead, he had simply been terrified, and he was now coated with dark brown, greasy, foul-smelling diesel. The O’Connells tried to remove the oil by giving him a bath, but Snowy was agitated and upset, and it was not an easy job. And the diesel proved to be very difficult to remove. Even after the best shampooing they could manage, Snowy’s coat seemed to be as oily as ever. It was at this stage that Snowy was brought up to our clinic for further assessment.
When I examined him, the rear half of his body was still dripping with thick brown oil. This was much more than just a cosmetic problem: oil is highly toxic to cats, and Snowy’s life was in danger. The poisonous compounds in the oil would be getting into his system in two ways: firstly, by direct absorption through his skin, and secondly, by ingestion. If a cat has a dirty coat, his first instinct is to remove the dirt by grooming himself. Snowy had already been licking his coat in an effort to clean himself up. By doing this, he would have been at risk of swallowing large quantities of poisonous oil. Snowy needed urgent treatment, so he was admitted to our veterinary clinic for the day.
My first job was to give him a sedative, to prevent him from becoming too distressed. I then gave him a series of carefully planned baths. As the O’Connells had discovered, simply shampooing is not enough to remove thick oil from a pet’s coat. Instead, there is a special sequence of actions that need to be taken.
Firstly, we poured a bottle of vegetable oil over him, rubbing it thoroughly into his dirty greasy fur. We used sunflower oil, just like cooking oil from the supermarket. This had the effect of dissolving the fuel oil, and assisting the release of sticky, toxic residues from the hair and the surface of the skin.
The next stage of the procedure was to pour several cups of washing-up liquid over Snowy, and to massage this thoroughly into his contaminated fur. The detergents in the washing up liquid emulsify the combination of vegetable oil and fuel oil, so that they can then be easily dissolved in hot water. As a result, when we finally used a stream of warm, fresh water to rinse Snowy’s coat, a white, thick, greasy sludge drained off his body. This sludge was a combination of fuel oil, vegetable oil and washing up liquid.
We had to repeat this process time after time. After half a dozen applications of sunflower oil and washing up liquid, Snowy’s coat finally began to regain its normal clean, white colour.
Snowy stayed in our veterinary clinic for a few days to make sure that he had not been seriously poisoned by the oil. He was kept in a cosy cage, with a hot water bottle. He had to wear an Elizabethan Collar around his neck to stop him licking any small amount of chemical which might still remain on his coat.
Two days later, Snowy was out of danger, and he was fully back to himself. His coat was shiny and white, and he was a contented, purring cat. Ciara was delighted to take him home with her. Snowy has been a very lucky cat. If he had run away after the attack, instead of rushing back home, he might not have been found for some time, and he could easily have died from poisoning by the oil.
The youths who poured oil on Snowy were never identified, but people in the neighbourhood have been alerted to the risk to their own cats. The perpetrators won’t be allowed to get away with such animal abuse next time.