How can I get motor oil out of a hardwood floor?

by Suzanne
A can of oil was in a file cabinet and got knocked over without anyone knowing about it. A day later the oil had seeped out onto the hardwood floor. Now there is a large slick area and I can' t get rid of it. Tried baking soda, vinegar, ammonia, degreasers (TSP and another brand). It is still there, discolored and slick. Anyone know how to get it up?
  9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 11, 2016
    Try putting speedy dry down(You can find it in an auto repair store.)
  • William William on May 11, 2016
    Try mineral spirits, blotting with clean rags! If the oil has soaked into the wood, you can try a degreaser and pulverized kitty litter on the stain to absorb the oil. Soaked in oil acts like stain and is hard to remove.
  • Thenne1713 Thenne1713 on May 11, 2016
    If the oil has soaked into the wood, the wood will have to be replaced
  • Tamar Lundeen Tamar Lundeen on May 11, 2016
    Wood is porous. Like your skin, the pores open when warm. Use bath water warm water with the cleaner of choice.
  • Sharon Sharon on May 12, 2016
    Kitty litter might help
  • Louise Adkins Louise Adkins on May 12, 2016
    Uh oh...the floor might need to be sanded and refinished or even replaced. Might want to call in a professional.
  • Lora Schwickerath Lora Schwickerath on May 12, 2016
    I bought a walnut table that had been used to repair motors on! I used dawn dish soap and a hand brush, rinsed with cold water and dried it took a couple of times but beautiful now!
  • Shari Allen Shari Allen on May 12, 2016
    I don't have any actual experience with this, but wondered if the method of a towel and ironing over it might pull some oil out? might not work, but worth a try.
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on May 12, 2016
    Absorbent body powder, followed by the Dawn might do the trick.