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Old 10-12-2013, 06:32 AM
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This might be old news to everybody, but thought I'd post it anyway.

Put in a long day at work yesterday, but needed to get the engine oil changed in Amy's Jetta TDI this weekend and figured I'd do it while I was still covered in dirt from the day's work.

That's always a bit of a mess, and diesel oil to boot. I installed a skid plate to protect the oil pan (low clearance) when we got the car, which always catches some oil and drips it out back.

Anyway, I misfired on where I put the pan to catch the overage and it got all over the floor. Beings it was about 35º, the stuff got sticky while I was doing the filter and refilling the case. I put some floor dry on it, helped but not much beings it had stiffened up. Was cleaning up the best I could when I noticed that a small area was much cleaner. Put on an old pair of cotton weave gloves and rubbed the small spot and it went nearly spotless. Went one step further and rubbed the area palm down with a fair amount of floor dry involved and it took 99.9% of the oil up, the exception being in a small crack where it didn't take up.

What happens is, the stuff dusts up under the pressure of your hand and gets virtually all the oil that a larger chunk won't. Doesn't spit shine the floor, but leaves virtually no stain. Obviously, has to be done shortly after the spill, but works way better than just brushing the stuff back and forth.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:16 AM
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Yup, I use my feet to crunch it into the floor because I'm too lazy to get down on all fours, and it give the neighbors a good laugh watching me dance in my garage. The issue is concrete is porous. Oil gets into the pores and when you crunch the oil dry into a powder it's then small enough to suck it out of the tiny holes.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:20 AM
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Yep, still a good hint.

Kitty litter, AKA: Oil Sorb...

Those Renault Appliances were a bear to get to the oil filter, even on a lift. .30 Hr to change the oil and filter and you needed a half hour to pull the under engine pan thing off and re-install it.
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I learned years ago by accident that a short piece of 2X4 under your foot rubbed over the kitty litter / floor dry will also crunch the absorbent into dust and works very well. Also easier than that getting down on the hands and knees approach. You can use your free hands to sip beer and such....
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...a bit of brake cleaner sprayed on the spot and wiped up with a rag works wonders.

Even took up the stain from Russ' big oil spot from under Vader at TOTM...

IF your floor has a smooth finish.

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