Cooking Oil Spilt on Tile Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Floor tiles have added function, durability and charm to human dwellings for centuries. Glazed tiles have been found in Egypt that date back thousands of years. Terra cotta and mosaic tiles were first used by Mediterranean cultures. Spain and Mexico have incorporated tiles in home design since the beginning of the 17th century. Cleaning and tile care is dependent on the type of tile. Modern tiles are non-porous and heavily glazed to prevent abrasion and staining. However, stains and spills happen. Oil stains on tile can be removed from tile with simple do-it-your self methods and products found on your kitchen shelf.

Clean spills on tile as quickly as possible. Soak up spilt oil with paper towels. Remove all you can by blotting. Do not rub or scrub as this will spread the oil stain.

Sprinkle dry corn meal or baking soda on the oil spill and allow to sit for 24 hours. Remove the absorbent material by vacuuming. (Put a chair or stool over the spill to prevent someone from stepping on the spilt oil. Oil on tile is very slippery and can cause a bad fall.)

Wash the area with a grease cutting dish washing liquid. Pour the 1/4 cup of the soap on the stain, scrub with a soft, non-abrasive brush. Rinse with water and blot dry with paper towels.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Corn meal
  • Baking soda
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A passionate writer for more than 30 years, Marlene Affeld writes of her love of all things natural. Affeld's passion for the environment inspires her to write informative articles to assist others in living a green lifestyle. She writes for a prominent website as a nature travel writer and contributes articles to other online outlets covering wildlife, travel destinations and the beauty of nature.