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Preventing oil stains in garage

I don't know if this belongs more in the housing or transport section...

Does anyone have a good suggestion for an inconspicuous product that I can put under my car to prevent oil stains on the floor of the communal underground garage? It's an old Italian car and ever so slightly incontinent (a few oil drips here and there). And anyone who says "fix the oil drip" has obviously never dealt with an old Italian car (or old British car, or old Porsche 911 etc. etc. ). A hint where to find something would also be appreciated.

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Old 12.09.2011, 16:42
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I don't know if this belongs more in the housing or transport section...

Does anyone have a good suggestion for an inconspicuous product that I can put under my car to prevent oil stains on the floor of the communal underground garage? It's an old Italian car and ever so slightly incontinent (a few oil drips here and there). And anyone who says "fix the oil drip" has obviously never dealt with an old Italian car (or old British car, or old Porsche 911 etc. etc. ). A hint where to find something would also be appreciated.

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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

Cat litter (not sure of the translation, the white, absorbing, stone-like thingies on which you would want your cat to prevent its oil stains )
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

Personally and perhaps the cheapest option; I would use some form of concrete or dark coloured linoleum.. If you use anything light it might "not blend in with the aesthetics of the garage" and you will be inundated by experts tutting and telling you you have a leak! LOL

Not perhaps totally inconspicuous but will avoid staining the ground. Anything absorbing will not and people are more likely to complain as they investigate your pile of oily sawdust.
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

If you know where the drip is coming from AND you can manage to park the car at the right spot each time (you can set a tennis ball from the ceiling so it hits the windshield when the car is in the right spot) you can use a simple plastic boot/shoe tray that you can buy anywhere. All the drips will be in it. From time to time you can wipe it out.
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

Try using a big sheet of cardboard or a large folded up cardboard box. My brother's has a car from the year I was born and that's what he does.
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

I have a large sheet of wood under one of my Harley's. This particular bike likes to dump all its oil on the floor when I first start it after it's been standing for about a month.

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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

Not sure if the aesthetics will be bad for the garage, but my father used to have a sheet of metal with rolled edges over which he would park the car for any work on the engine, in order to catch anything which fell out (occasionally caught small screws which were making a break for freedom in the garden bed beside the driveway, too). Would surely work for an oil leak as well, and can be cleaned off as required.
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Most of our neighbors in the USA park their cars on the driveway and store their old furniture in the garage for the next garage sale. That prevents issues with oil stains in the garage.
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

Thanks for all the suggestions. The cardboard box and piles of kitty litter already received some "tut tuts" in our current garage, and the place we're moving to was just built, so the garage is about as shiny as possible, with megawatt lighting. No hiding there!

I'll stick a pan under it.
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Re: Preventing oil stains in garage

there is a product called de-oil-it that is excellent at cleaning oil stains of of concrete. http://greenworldproducts.net/household.html
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