Discover How To Remove Oil Stains from Concrete Using Everyday Household Items

Oil stains can be unsightly on your garage floor, and as unappealing as they are, they can be even more difficult to remove. There’s no silver bullet solution when it comes to removing oil stains, but before you go shelling out unnecessary cash for heavy-duty cleaners with highly toxic chemicals, try this simple method for removing oil stains from concrete.  It’s easy on your pocketbook and safe to use around your family. Using household items, you can remove stains in just a few days.


Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Clay kitty litter
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • A broom and dust pan
  • Newspaper
  • A heavy wire brush
  • A rag
  • Water

Tips for Removing Oil Stains From Concrete

1.    The sooner you start, the better.

The longer you let an oil stain sit on your garage floor, the harder it’s going to be to remove. As soon as you notice the stain, get to work removing it.

2.    Cover the stains with kitty litter to pull excess oil out of the cement.

Whether the stains are big or small, cover each spot with kitty litter. Most of us are programmed to think if something’s more expensive, then it’s going to work better, but that’s not the case for this clean up. Do not use the more expensive, clumping kitty litter. Instead, buy the cheapest, clay litter you can find.

3.    Lay newspaper over the litter and let sit overnight.

After you’re sure you’ve covered each oil stain completely with kitty litter, spread newspaper over the area. This will aid in the absorption process and keep the litter from being disturbed. (You’re marking your territory, so to speak.) Then, let the kitty litter do it’s thing overnight.

4.    Replace the kitty litter with laundry detergent.

The next day, sweep up the litter and lightly cover the stain with powdered laundry detergent. Using just a bit of water, dampen the detergent until it turns into a paste. Once again, cover the detergent with newspaper and let sit overnight.

5.    Wipe up the detergent and prepare to scrub.

Clean up the detergent after it’s overnight soak using a rag. You’ll want to leave a thin film of detergent behind to help scrub out the stain.

6.    Add a little water and some good ol’ fashion elbow grease to the area and finish the job.

Using a heavy wire brush, scrub the water and leftover detergent in a circular motion. Small, concentrated circles work best. This is really the only time in the process where some real elbow grease is required. Be sure to scrub the entire oil stain as well as some of the area outside of the stain until all areas are a similar shade, and that’s a job well done!

Once the stain dries, some discoloration will remain, but it should fade over time. If you still need help removing oil stains, or don’t have time to do the work in the first place, hire a professional pressure washing service. They’ll be able to get the job done with no work on your part. All you have to do is pick up the phone!


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