Don’t wipe an oily mess up with a paper towel; that only spreads the problem. Instead, sprinkle salt over the oil and leave it for 10 minutes … then, clean the floor by sweeping up the oil-soaked salt with a broom and carry on!

If the spot is still slightly shiny,  you may need to wipe a damp paper towel with a dot of dishwashing liquid over the remaining oil; wipe again with a damp paper towel and voilà!