Heating Oil Spill Causing Odor Issues? Here's How To Remove The Stench

Posted on: 27 January 2015

Have you had a home heating oil spill, and are struggling to remove the smells that it has left behind? If so, you will be pleased to learn that you can remove the odors that have been left behind in your concrete surfaces. Here, you will learn how to take out the stink that the heating oil has left behind in your concrete.

Direct Cleanup

The best way to put a stop to the smells the heating oil leaves behind is by acting fast when the spill occurs. Clean up the spill using kitty litter directly following the spill. The kitty litter will work to absorb the oil. Give the litter 30 minutes or so to absorb the oil. Sweep up and bag the dirty litter. If more oil remains, sprinkle more litter on the area and repeat the process. If the spill was substantial, you may have to repeat this process several times before it is all absorbed.

Note: Disposing of the oil-saturated kitty litter can require a special trip to your local waste department. You should never put oil in your general trash for pick up. Contact your local waste department to learn what to do with the waste during this cleanup project.

Trisodium Phosphate Paste

Use a clean bucket to mix 5 cups of water with 5 ounces of trisodium phosphate. Mix small amounts of diatomaceous earth with the mixture until the consistency is that of peanut butter. Making the paste can be difficult as it thickens, but the efforts will be well worth it in the end when the odor has been removed.

Apply the paste to the spill area using your hand or a putty knife. Cover the paste with a sheet of plastic or a garbage bag and tape the sides to the floor. Let this mixture dry for a couple of days. As it dries, it will absorb the smell and some of the stain that the heating oil has left on the concrete.

After the paste has dried, use a broom to sweep it up. If you are having troubles breaking it up to sweep it, use a putty knife to scrape it from the concrete. Place the waste in a plastic bag for disposal.

If the smell remains, repeat this process until it remains no longer.

Concrete Sealant

After you have removed the oil from the concrete and have eliminated the odor, apply a coat of concrete sealant to the area. This will help to seal any remaining odors inside the concrete and keep it from being an issue.

This process can take you a few days to complete, but it will be time well spent when you no longer have to deal with the lingering odor of your spilled heating oil. People with experience handling oil like Enright and Sons can give you more tips.