How To Clean Up A Heating Oil Spill On Concrete

Thursday 21st December 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

No comments, yet!

 CONTENTS

Someone filling a heating oil tank

Heating oil is usually either kerosene or petrol, both of which are harmful oils that are difficult to clean up. Fast, effective oil spill cleaning is essential to protect your health and property, and get rid of any stains.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer our oil spill cleaning services nationwide. Our technicians are fully permitted to handle and discard of a range of oils, and can clean surface and water oil spills. In an emergency, we can be on site within several hours, no matter where you are in the UK. 

Keep reading to learn more about what to do when heating oil spills on concrete. 

The effects of a heating oil spill on concrete

When kerosene or petrol meets the rough surface of concrete, it does not just make a mess. The porous nature of concrete means that these oils can seep deep into the material, making them tough to remove.

It can also break down the concrete as it affects its ability to form bonds between the cement and aggregate. If the oil contains contaminants like sulphur, this may cause damage, as well. You can learn more about the effects of an oil spill on concrete in this blog

However, kerosene and petrol have slightly different impacts when they come in contact with your garage floor. Kerosene is lighter than petrol and tends to evaporate more quickly, but it can leave behind oily residues that attract dust and dirt. Over time, this build-up can create a slippery hazard and darken the affected area.

Petrol's heavier composition gives it much more staying power on concrete. It will stain the surface like kerosene, and may even break down the integrity of concrete by dissolving its protective compounds. This could lead to pitting or structural damage over time.

The dangers of a heating oil spill

Both kerosene and petrol are highly flammable substances which could cause a fire or an explosion.

It is also dangerous to be exposed to these oils. Inhaling kerosene vapour can cause dizziness, headaches, and vomiting, and may even lead to more serious health conditions like heart and lung problems. Should you touch it, your skin may become irritated and you might suffer from burns. 

Exposure to petrol has similar effects. Getting petrol on the skin can cause skin irritation and dermatitis. Inhaling its vapours can result in dizziness and drowsiness, and could lead to a coma or loss of muscle control, as well as heart and lung problems. 

An oil spill in a garage is particularly hazardous as it is an enclosed space so the fumes can quickly build up. 

Why heating oil spill clean up must be left to professional cleaners

Heating oil spill clean up is not a task you should attempt to do yourself. Concrete's porous nature makes it difficult to remove as the oil will seep deep into its surface. 

Specialist products and tools are required to remove the stains - DIY remedies, on the other hand, like cat litter and baking soda, might not get rid of all the oil or the staining. Any left behind will continue to put people's health at risk and damage the concrete.

A fast, efficient response is required, too, to minimise the damage the oil can cause to the concrete. Professionals will have the training and tools to respond to your situation quickly.

They can also safely clean up the oil spill for you. They will have the personal protective equipment to ensure they don't inhale or touch the oil.

Finally, professional cleaners can make sure everything gets disposed of correctly afterwards, as well. Improper disposal, such as putting oil down a sink or throwing contaminated clean up materials into the bin, could cause pollution and be illegal. 

Experts can give you peace of mind that your oil spill is entirely taken care without any risk to you or the environment.

How to prevent a home heating oil spill

You should regularly inspect your tank and its connections for any signs of leaks or problems that could lead to leaks. Keep an eye on the alarms and gauges, too, to see if the levels drop suddenly or if there has been a breach in your system.

Next, replace old tanks. It is recommended you replace a domestic heating oil tank every ten years or if there are signs of damage. 

You should also always leave installations and repairs to certified technicians who know how to safely handle heating systems.

Contact us today

We operate 24/7, 365 days a year, including bank holidays. Our technicians have been accredited by a range of organisations including BICSc, IPAF, SafeContractor, and Dewpoint Professional. 

To learn more about our oil spill cleaning services, speak to our team by calling 0208 066 0360 or sending an email to enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. They will be happy to schedule a free site survey and provide you with a no-obligation quote. 

Comment
Zoe Dunning

Zoe Dunning

Sales Representative

Add to contacts

Speak with me today,
I’m here to help

By asking you a few questions either via phone or email I can immediately provide a realistic estimation of the cost.

You’re in good company. We’ve cleaned for the following commercial clients… View all

Customer reviews

Our happy customers have rated our service as
4.9 on Google.

View All Reviews

Sue Sullivan

Star Star Star Star Star

5 months ago

Ice did a brilliant job and I would highly recommend them. Reilly in the office booked everything in and was most helpful, and then Harry came and…

Read more

Posted on Google

John Hatswell

Star Star Star Star Star

6 months ago

We had a pressing need to address concerns regarding a clean up of a Trauma site. Ice Services and Zoe were responsive, informative and professional.…

Read more

Posted on Google

Eddie Mack

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

I’ve used ICE Cleaning a few times and the service has been absolutely terrific. Paul Gimenez was incredibly helpful and dealt with everything…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martha Sparkes

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Power cleaned my external brick walls and look very good. They were punctual, hard working and respectful. I would recommend them with no hesitation.

Read more

Posted on Google

Simon Nicholson

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Booked ICE Cleaning at short notice to help with the clean-up of our outdoor Event Site in Central London. Whilst they were unable to assist with our…

Read more

Posted on Google

Kim Barnes

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

From start to finish, booking in with Jess in the office to Mark and Lee turning up for app 5-star service from start to finish..Quick turnaround…

Read more

Posted on Google

Mark Treasure

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

We recently used ICE Cleaning to assist with the cleaning of communal areas and flats following a fire in a service riser. I initially spoke with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martin Haw

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

Very prompt, polite and professional service

Read more

Posted on Google

George C

Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

Very professional and the sales team are very helpful and easy to deal with. The job was carried out quickly and professionally and the site team…

Read more

Posted on Google

Derik Matheus

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

ICE Cleaning is a great company to work with! They have been cleaning our office for two years, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team.

Read more

Posted on Google

Dannil Sourez

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

ICE Cleaning Solutions is a serious and responsible company that takes pride in their work.

Read more

Posted on Google

Sam Hart

Star Star Star Star Star

10 months ago

Very impressed with ICE cleaning, really efficient and had good service. Dealt with my mould issue in my gym really well and couldn’t be…

Read more

Posted on Google

Luke Stockwell

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We used ICE Cleaning at BT Sport for a Cage Warriors event in our studios. In previous years this event had caused multiple problems due to the risk…

Read more

Posted on Google

Danielle Baycanli

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning cleaned the floors and carpets of our school to a very high standard. The team was friendly and efficient and we were very happy with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Emma Bryan

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning completed a commercial clean for us. They were very professional, prompt, responsive and they event went back the next day to finish…

Read more

Posted on Google

Stuart Goodson

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Zoe as the first point of contact was extremely helpful and efficient. The decontamination of toxic mercury from my mother’s garage was…

Read more

Posted on Google

Nick Barringer

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

I was dealt with very professionally from first contact through to completion. The people are pleasant and knowledgeable, the work was carried out…

Read more

Posted on Google

Jason Etherington

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Fantastic service, the technician was very understanding and talked us through the process and was happy to answer any questions. Work was completed…

Read more

Posted on Google

Alison Bailey

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

On calling ICE following a spillage, I first came into contact with Zoe. At all times Zoe was courteous, calm and professional. I asked her to call…

Read more

Posted on Google

Elisabeth Underdown

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We came back from holiday to see a massive mould problem in 2 of our rooms. We checked around but found this company to be best priced, most…

Read more

Posted on Google
Why choose us

Why choose us?

  • Cater to a wide variety of cleaning situations
  • Nationwide coverage, available 24/7
  • Cater to commercial and domestic clients
  • Free survey provided prior to quotation 
  • Emergency response team
  • Offer a bespoke service designed to suit all your needs 
  • All technicians hold professional health and safety qualifications, including BICSc, IOSH, Dewpoint Professional & Safe Contractor 

We’re fully accredited

We place best practise, professional expertise and health and safety at the core of our business. We’re fully compliant with all legal obligations. You can view a list of our accreditations below, or visit our Health & Safety page for more information.

CSCS
BICSc
IOSH
SafeContractor
Dewpoint® Professional Corporate Membership
IPAF
NACSC
0208 066 0360Open 24/7
Close

We use cookies

If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies.
If you'd like to change this just update your browser settings. Find out more.

Okay. I got it.