How to Remove Oil Stains From Pavement


A driveway free of oil stains gives a home a clean, fresh appearance. Oil spots and stains can be responsible for an unkempt appearance. The dark spots are often in stark contrast to a pale or white in color concrete drive. By removing these stains, the area can regain its kept and eye pleasing appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat litter
  • Broom
  • Trash bags
  • Soda
  • Dish detergent
  • Scrub brush
  • Cover the spot with a thick layer of cat litter. This will absorb any excess oil. Let it stand for several hours.

  • Sweep up the cat litter and dispose of it in a trash bag. Do not spread it into the soil or mulch of the yard.

  • Pour dark cola over the spot. Allow the fizzing soda to remain overnight.

  • Mix 2 tbsp. of dish detergent in 2 cups of water. Stir well.

  • Pour the detergent mixture onto the oil spot, mixing with the soda. Scrub the area with a scrub brush until the oil disappears.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use plenty of soda. Generic is fine.
  • If this method fails, commercial degreasers are available at auto parts stores.
  • Do not use paint thinner or other strong chemical agents on a concrete driveway. The porous nature may cause destruction of the concrete.

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