How to clean motor oil out of bicycling shoes


Old 07-18-05, 06:59 AM
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How to clean motor oil out of bicycling shoes

My boyfriend spilled motor oil in the back of his van. Some of it got inside his cycling shoes. He doesn't want to throw them away since they are newish and not cheap. What's the best way to clean these shoes?
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Oil-based stains are best cleaned with solvent cleaner such as rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, or dry cleaning fluid. Test first on inconspicuous surface for ill effects. Blot with white rag and cleaner until oil is removed. Due to nature of construction of shoes, if oil spilled into interior, it may require removal of insole to get to oil that settled beneath. Then, use damp rag and 1/4 teaspoon dishliquid to clean. Wipe with clean rag and plain water to rinse. Or, clean or wash shoes per manufacturer's instructions. Place shoes outdoors or in garage until odor evaporates.

Depending on severity of spill in vehicle, it may require removal of carpeting in van to clean subfloor. Professional carpet cleaner or car detailer is recommended for carpet cleanup. Worst case scenario is to have to have carpet replaced. Breathing fuel odors can be harmful to your health.

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