How to Remove Oil From Concrete


When you go to a lot of trouble to maintain your home and landscape your yard, you want every aspect to look nice. This includes the concrete for your driveway, walkway and even the sidewalk in front of your home. Unfortunately, oil can easily stain concrete and that oil stain can be difficult to combat. That said, it is not impossible to get oil off concrete. You just need the right tools -- common household items you may already have on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid grease-cutting dish detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Clay cat litter
  • Scrub brush (nylon-bristled)
  • Powdered laundry detergent (alternative approach)
  • Wet the entire surface of the concrete that has oil on it. It is important for the areas around the oil to be wet in addition to the stained area, otherwise you may just move the stain from one place to another.

  • Pour some liquid dish detergent directly on the oil spot on the concrete. Pour water on after the dish soap.

  • Scrub the oil stain with a cleaning scrub brush that has nylon bristles. Scrub hard and work up a good lather in the affected area.

  • Blot up the soap and oil with a wad of paper towels. Pour kitty litter onto the oil stain -- spread it around with a brush or broom -- so it can absorb any remaining oil.

  • Collect all the oily paper towels and kitty litter. Contact your local waste management to determine how to properly dispose of the towels and kitty litter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another approach: Sprinkle a generous amount of powdered laundry detergent on the stain, add enough water to make a paste, stir it all together then leave it overnight to work. The next day add more water, scoop up the mess with paper towels and thoroughly rinse the surface.

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