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How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor

Do you hate those nasty stains on the floor of the driveway? A leaking car or lawnmower can do a lot of damage to the floor. Here's a non-toxic home remedy for cleaning oil and grease stains that the car has left on the garage floor without resorting to expensive and often harmful cleaning products.

This DIY technique is also easy, fast and cheap, so what's not to like?

You'll need:
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Steps to follow:
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Spread a thick layer of fresh sawdust or cat litter over the grease to absorb the excess grease or oil on the surface. You can buy any carpentry sawdust in your neighbourhood, if you ask nicely they'll give it to you for free and it'll be a cheap way to remove oil stains caused by your car.

How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor - Step 1
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Let the sawdust or kitty litter sit for a day or two to give it time to absorb as much grease as possible.

3

Gently sweep up the dirty sawdust or cat litter. You'll see that the stain has started to disappear and the sawdust has absorbed the moisture from the oil stain that was on the floor of your parking space.

How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor - Step 3
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To completely eliminate the oil stain, pour dry cement over the patch of dried grease or oil. This you can find in any construction site in your neighborhood. A handful will be sufficient to forever eliminate the oil stain that your car has left.

How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor - Step 4
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Let the cement powder sit for a day or two to absorb the remaining oil or grease substance. Do not touch it, do not pour water on it, just sit back and let the cement work.

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Gently sweep up the dirty concrete powder. We recommend using a hard-bristled broom like the one you see in the picture, as this kind of broom works very well to sweep parking spaces and outdoor cement in general.

How to Remove Oil and Grease stains from a Concrete Floor - Step 6
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Put the dirty cement in a bag and throw it away. Do not let the dry dirty cement go down the drain.

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If you want to, with a pressurised water hose spray the floor of the area and you will see that it is already clean of oil and grease stains. Now you know how easy it is with just a little patience and some know how. If you want more cheap and practical cleaning advice, read about how to remove oil stains from clothing and shoes or find out how to clean your household appliances.

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Tips
  • Cat litter and sawdust absorb the oil on the surface, while the dry cement absorbs the stain out of the driveway.
  • For the best results, clean the grease stains as soon as they occur.
  • Avoid more stains by using large automotive drip pans for vehicles that leak.
  • Make sure the forecast is clear for the days you will be using the dry cement on the grease stains if they are outdoors. Dry cement and water will make a hard concrete.

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