Rebecca asked: How can I remove red kerosene oil from linoleum?
Red kerosene is similar to kerosene oil that has been dyed red. It burns quicker than K-1 kerosene and is harmful to burn indoors because of the fumes from the dyes. When it spills, there are two areas that need to be cleaned, the oil and the dye. Follow these guidelines to get rid of the spill as easily as possible.
You Will Need:
- Absorbent powder such as corn starch or baking soda
- Oil-cutting cleaner such as Dawn or a degreaser
- Hot water
Steps to Remove the Kerosene:
- If the spill is fresh, cover it with an absorbent powder such as corn starch or baking soda. Either of these will help to absorb the oil.
- Sweep the powder away with a broom and dispose of it properly. Remember, the oil is highly flammable, so dispose of it wisely.
- Next, it is time to tackle the remaining oil on the floor as well as any dyes that may have caused discoloration.
- Fill a bucket with hot water. Determine if the cleaning product will be applied directly to the floor or mixed with the water.
- Apply the water/cleaner mixture to the floor or apply the cleaner directly to the affected area.
- Use a mop to scrub the area.
- Use hot water to cut through the oil for easier removal.
- Rinse the area with clear, hot water.
- Repeat washing/rinsing until all of the oil is removed.
- Dry the area with a soft cloth.
- Once dry, run your hand over the area to check for any slick spots that may still have oil and clean them again using the method above.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If there is any staining from the dyes in the kerosene, they can be removed with nail polish remover. Simply moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with the polish remover and rub it over the stained area.
- A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is also effective in removing stains. Moisten the sponge and rub it over the area.