How to Clean Oil on Concrete

Written by jessica reed
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An oil spill can leave a hideous stain that ruins the nice clean look of your home. Here's how to get that oil stain off your concrete so you can have the best house on the block again.

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Things you need

  • Driveway cleaner
  • Push broom
  • Kitty litter
  • Water hose (optional)

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    Determine if the stain is fresh or an older stain.

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    If the stain is fairly recent, it is easier to remove. Pour some kitty litter onto the puddle of oil. It will soak up any oil that has not soaked into the concrete and will remove some of the oil that has only soaked in slightly.

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    For older spills that have had more time to soak in, it can be a bit trickier. After you remove the kitty litter, check to see if there's still a stain. If there is, go out and buy your choice of driveway cleaning product from the store. Apply the product and use a push broom to work it into the concrete. Then rinse it off. This may not completely remove the stain, but it will certainly improve it.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different driveway cleaning products to see which works the best on your driveway.

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