Are you fed up with looking at oil stains and oily concrete driveways?
Are you planning to seal or resurface concrete soon enough?
You will need to learn how to remove oil from concrete. If you don’t do the job properly, the oil will seep back into the concrete and cause damage.
How Can You Remove Oil Stains From The Concrete Surface?
You will eventually be dealing with an oil stain regardless of whether you or your friend had an oil leaking or you spilled oil while doing an auto oil change.
Fresh oil spillages are easy to clean, as they’ve not had the time to set up. You must first contain the fluid. Use an absorbent substance like clay cat litter. Clay cat litter will work best. It is less absorbent than other cat litter.
Do you not have cat litter with you? That’s okay! You have other options. These include
- Baking soda
If you don’t have any of the above items, you can use dirt, sand, and sawdust. Simply spread the dry material directly on the oil. Allow the dry material to soak up the oil for several hours. Then scoop the remaining material up and dispose of it.
You will need a clean water source to rinse off any spillages. There are several materials that you could use.
- Powder laundry detergent
- Spray lubricant
- Spray oven cleaner
You will also need a garden hose or pressure washer as well as a brush or stiff nylon brush to aid you in your work.
Disassemble the New Spill
Your chosen oil can be used to absorb any remaining oil. You can scrub the stained areas with a stiff brush to help you get rid of the oil. This is especially important when using baking soda. Get rid of the oil-soaked material.
Spray the entire stain thoroughly with a lubricant or penetrant like WD-40. Let it rest for 30 minutes. Rinse the container with the garden hose using its highest setting.
If you don’t own any spray lubricant, dish soap can be used as long it has grease-cutting properties. You should apply it generously to all areas. Let it dry for 30 min, and then blast it off with your pressure washer.
How Can You Remove Oil Stains From Concrete?
Deep stains need deep Cleaning to be removed. You can still remove old grease stains from concrete. It may take a little more effort.
Depending on the type or age of the oil stain you’re trying to clean up, there may be more than one way to do the job.
A stronger approach will be needed if you have an old oil stain. Make a paste using baking soda and water. Then, use the paste to cover the entire stain. It should be left for 30 minutes. Then, you can apply the paste to the concrete with your scrub brush.
This proven technique is great for oil stain stubbornness. Start by spraying acetone on the absorbent.
To make a safer poultice, mix cat litter with grease-cutting dishwasher soap until it resembles peanut butter. This ensures that the mixture stays put.
Apply the solvent mix to the stain. Cover it. This cleaning process will dissolve the stain and draw the stain to the surface. It will take time. Be patient.