Removing Oil Stains from Concrete

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Oliver Smith asked 5 months ago
I've got some stubborn oil stains on my concrete driveway that I'd like to get rid of. I've heard various methods, from kitty litter to brake cleaner, but I'm not sure which is most effective. What would you recommend for lifting oil stains out of concrete effectively?
1 Answers
Paul Hadley Staff answered 5 months ago
Hi Oliver, Dealing with oil stains on concrete can be a bit tricky, but there are several methods that can be effective:
  1. Kitty Litter: A classic and eco-friendly method. Spread kitty litter over the stain, let it sit to absorb the oil, and then sweep it up. This works best for fresh spills.
  2. Brake Cleaner: Brake cleaner can be effective for tougher, set-in stains. Spray it on the stain, let it sit for a while, and then scrub off.
  3. Degreasers: Products like 'Oil Eater' or 'Zep Fast 505 Industrial Cleaner and Degreaser' are specially formulated for oil stains. Apply the degreaser, scrub with a brush, and rinse off.
  4. Dish Soap: Good old Dawn dish soap or any strong dishwashing liquid can help lift oil stains. Apply, scrub with a brush, and rinse thoroughly.
  5. Pressure Washing: After applying a degreaser or dish soap, using a pressure washer can be very effective in removing the remnants of the stain.
  6. Gasoline or Kerosene: Although not environmentally friendly, gasoline or kerosene can break down oil stains. Apply, let sit, and then wash off thoroughly. Use caution with these flammable substances.
Remember, the sooner you treat the stain, the better the results. Always follow up with a thorough rinse to remove any residual cleaning agents. And for any chemical treatments, make sure to use them in a well-ventilated area and follow safety precautions. Paul - Motor Verso Mechanics Team