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How to Remove Oil from a Concrete Driveway

Driveways may get a lot of wear and tear, but oil stains need not remain! Read this article for more on removing them from your driveway.


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Cars, vans, and motorcycles can all leave unsightly oil stains on concrete driveways – this article aims to help you solve the problem! Follow this step-by-step guide on how to clean oil off concrete, which outlines the best methods and equipment to use.

What you’ll need:

  • Rubber gloves

  • Stiff-bristled scrubbing brush

  • Concentrated liquid detergent

  • Baby powder/cat litter/sawdust

  • Specialist oil remover

When you’re removing oil stains from concrete, don’t forget to lightly scrub beyond the edges of the stain to prevent a prominent lighter patch on your driveway!

How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

  • For smaller stains, some strong detergent and a lot of elbow grease can usually remove oil from concrete. Using a grease-busting dish detergent and a stiff brush, scrub the stain in a circular motion until the oil breaks down. Rinse using clean water.

  • Absorbent materials such as cat litter, sawdust or baby powder can be used for removing oil stains from concrete. (If you’re using cat litter to clean oil off concrete, you’ll need to crush it up into a fine powder first). In dry weather, generously sprinkle a thick layer of the absorbent material over the stain.

  • Leave it to rest until the oil has soaked up into the powder, then brush away and discard the powder. You may have to reapply it a few times if the stain is very deep. Once you have removed the absorbent material, clean the area using a strong detergent and scrubbing brush, then rinse away using clean water.

  • Removing large-scale or heavy oil stains from concrete will most likely require a specialist oil remover or degreaser, which is designed to remove oil stains from concrete without damaging the surface. First, sweep the area to be cleaned to remove any remaining dust and dirt. Remember to always read the usage instructions and wear any protective gear, such as heavy rubber gloves if necessary. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the degreaser to the stain, and allow to rest for the allotted time. If needed, use a stiff brush to work the remover into the concrete. Remove the product according to the label instructions, and then give the driveway a final rinse with cold clean water.

  • To clean oil off concrete, try a dish detergent, using a stiff brush to work the detergent into the stain.

  • In dry weather, apply an absorbent material such as cat litter, baby powder or sawdust to lift the stain.

  • To remove larger oil stains, try a specialist-degreasing product. Always follow the product instructions and make sure it’s suitable for your driveway.

Safety Warning

Keep chemicals away from children.

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