When taking your stones out of the saw, wipe them off and put them
in kitty litter for an hour or so. I used to slather on some green
Palmolive dishwashing liquid at this point, but the new orange oil
hand cleaners are GREAT at removing the oil .
Here’s another tip on cleaning the oil off your slabs. I haven’t
tried it; just passing it along. Beth
"After a slab is cut, oil must be removed before the slab can be used
for anything. Some people let slabs drip and then use cat litter to
absorb the oil. Others let a slab drip and then put the slab in a
bucket filled with soap and water. Some use Simple Green or some form
of liquid dishwashing soap. Simple Green is faster than dishwashing
soap, but not by much.
"Recently my wife picked up something called “Oil Eater” � a cleaner
and degreaser � at the store. The label said it was very fast and
thorough. Ok fine, yeah, yeah, I have heard this before. "I first
tried it at a strength of 1 part Oil Eater to 100 parts water and
discovered to my amazement that a whole 5 gallon bucket of very dirty
slabs was cleaned in under 12 hours. I then tried 1 part Oil Eater to
50 parts water and found to my amazement that a 5 gallon bucket of
very oily slabs was cleaned in 6 hours. A mixture of 1 to 20 will
clean an oily slab in 2+ hours. The grease and oil form a fluffy
white substance that can be drained from the bucket. Not bad.
"Oil Eater is made by Kafko International in Illinois., Their phone
number is (800) 528-0334. The web site is www.kafkointl.com. It
comes in 1-gallon containers (white with a red label) or 5-gallon
pails. You can buy it at Costco or some automotive parts stores. Oil
Eater is also biodegradable and environmentally friendly."
Contributed by Ray Ritchey in MOROKS 11/00.