The beauty of being engrossed in a car restoration project is that nothing else matters while you’re working under the hood. Unfortunately, however, this can result in grease and oil spills that grow into ugly and unsightly stains. You especially don’t want the Missus on your back about traipsing greasy shoes into the house! If you do come across a few accidental splashes on clothes, upholstery or concrete, save yourself endless scrubbing by putting a few of these nifty grease and oil lifting techniques to the test.
How to remove oil and grease stains from clothing.
There are various ways that you can remove oil and grease from clothing, and many work on the principal of using grease lifting solutions. The most popular choice? Dishwashing liquid. You can use it to spot clean stains by dabbing it on before putting the garments through a normal wash or soak entire articles of clothing. Simply let it sit on the clothing for five to fifteen minutes before washing.
Another unusual yet effective method of removing grease and oil stains from clothing involves the use of Coca-Cola. Place garments in a tub with two to four litres of Coke and water until clothes are covered. Let them soak overnight, rinse and then put on a normal wash.
Always try to wash stains out of clothing as soon as possible, as the longer they have to set, the more stubborn they will be to remove.
How to remove oil and grease stains from upholstery.
When working on your car, you may accidentally brush against the upholstery with oily hands or a greasy cloth. This can be especially frustrating if you’re in the midst of refurbishing to a high standard. But there’s no need to panic! Follow these steps to lift stains and have your car seats looking brand new again.
Scrape off residue grease with a painting knife or plastic knife, ensuring that it is not sharp to avoid tearing the upholstery.
Blot away any further grease with a clean cloth. Do not wipe! This will spread the stain even further.
Lightly dust baking soda over the stain.
Gently massage the baking soda into the stain with a soft bristle toothbrush. Keep to only the stained area to avoid spreading it further. Leave to set overnight.
Vacuum the baking soda off the hopefully invisible stain!
How to remove oil and grease stains from hands.
As any mechanic or glorified tinker knows, it can be difficult to wash your hands completely of oil and grease. An effective way to get black grease off your hands is to first coat them in cooking oil, which lifts the grease. Then rub dishwashing liquid into them to remove the oil, and rinse. Another successful method is a two-in-one approach, of combining dishwashing detergent with an abrasive such as sugar or oats and scrubbing away! A good, old-fashioned nail scrubbing brush comes in handy too, followed by a soothing moisturiser to keep painful cracks and cuts caused by dry skin at bay.
How to remove oil and grease stains from the garage floor or driveway.
Many mechanics aren’t terribly bothered by grease and oil stains dotting their garage floor; some show them as badges of honour and evidence of hard work! But when they spread to the driveway they can begin to look unsightly, and some people like to keep their garage in ship-shape condition. Here’s how to remove grease and oil stains from concrete.
Blot as much residue grease or oil as you can with a clean cloth.
Mix powdered laundry soap with warm water and pour onto the stain.
Dust powdered laundry soap over the soapy water mixture and let sit for a few minutes.
Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.
Hose off; a high-pressure hose gives best results.