Removing oil stains from concrete is one of the most common challenges facing American homeowners. While cleaning oil stains in concrete is not that bad a job, it can be made even easier with the right methods. For one thing, there are many concrete oil stain cleaners on the market. There are also other products around your house that can be used for concrete stain cleaning. So read on to learn how to remove oil stains from concrete.
How To Remove Oil Stains From Concrete Before They Set In
The first step when you discover an oil stain is to absorb as much of the oil as possible as fast as possible. Start by putting down some absorbent material such as sawdust or kitty litter on the spilled oil. When this has absorbed as much of the oil as possible, sweep it away and dispose of it appropriately.
Next, pour some Dawn dish detergent on the spot and scrub the stain with a damp brush, rinsing the brush often in hot soapy water. When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, rinse the area well and dry it with toweling.
Removing Oil Stains From Concrete After They Have Set In
Wet the area and sprinkle it with dry dishwasher detergent. While it sits, bring a pot of water to a boil and then pour it on the stain. Put on some rubber gloves and scrub the area well. Then rinse the area well with more hot water. If this does not work, you may need to move up to something stronger, as mentioned below.
There are several concrete oil stain cleaners on the market. Among these are
- Garage and Driveway Cleaner by Red Devil Co.
- TSP (trisodium phosphate). This is not suitable for use on asphalt.
- Benzine. This solvent is very flammable and should only be used as a last resort.