How to Clean Oil Stains on Cement

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Oil leaks from automobiles are a common occurrence. If you discover oil drippings immediately, the chance that you can remove the stain from your driveway is pretty good, and removal is not difficult. Even old oil stains will usually respond to cleaning. The process for cleaning oil stains on cement can be managed with items you likely already have in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Nylon bristled brush
  • Blot fresh oil with paper towels to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Do not rub or press the paper towel into the oil.

  • Spray the stain and the surrounding area with water.

  • Pour dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain and brush with a nylon-bristled brush. Work the dishwashing liquid into a lather.

  • Blot the soap with paper towels, then rinse the area thoroughly. Repeat the steps as many times as necessary to remove the oil stain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Older stains may require harsher cleansers to remove the stain. Muriatic acid will usually lift oil stains, but may discolor the cement. If you use muriatic acid to clean an old stain, completely cover all your skin and protect yourself from fumes.
  • Never use a wire brush to scrub concrete--this can permanently damage the surface.

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