Does anyone have a solution to removing engine oil from concrete?

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  • Suzette Suzette on May 07, 2018
    Hi Mary, Here's a video that may help:

    Good luck!
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 07, 2018
    Absorb as much possible by sprinkling enough cheap cat litter to cover it. Let it soak it up, then scrape it up. Then, using Dawn dish detergent, cover the area. Keep in mind that this stuff will bubble like crazy when you rinse it, so go easy, especially the first application. Work it in with a scrub brush, but, don't go beyond the edge of the stain or you will spread it. Again, use the cat litter to soak it up. It may take a few tries, but, I've had good luck with this method with our concrete patio and porch. Another method that works is Goof Off. It smells, but, it works.
  • Sharon Sharon on May 07, 2018
    You need a degreaser, and they make specialty ones for concrete. You can use kitty litter on it first to absorb as much as possible. Then sweep up and dispose, then use your degreaser and a stiff brush, then hose off with a strong stream of water.
  • Soo33269755 Soo33269755 on May 07, 2018
    Wearing gloves. rub or scrub petrol into the oil, this should thin it down, the petrol evaporates, repeat until gone
  • Joan Moulton Joan Moulton on May 07, 2018
    I have successfully used Dawn dish detergent. Pour on lightly on stain-let set-and then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse.
  • William William on May 07, 2018
    WD-40. Did a leaky oil pan leave a big ugly spot in the middle of your concrete driveway? To get rid of an unsightly oil spot, just spray it with a generous amount of WD-40 and then hose it down with water.

    Soda (Coca Cola). Here’s how to remove oil stains from concrete drive-ways and garage floors: Gather up a small bag of cat litter, a few cans of cola, a stiff bristle broom, bucket, laundry detergent, bleach, eye protection, and rubber gloves. Cover the stain with a thin layer of cat litter and brush it in. Sweep up the litter and pour cola to cover the area. Work the cola in with a bristle broom, and leave the cola for about twenty minutes. Mix 1/4 cup laundry detergent with 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water and use it to mop up the mess.

    Oven Cleaner. Get those unsightly grease, oil, and transmission fluid stains off your concrete driveway or garage floor. Spray them with Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner in the BLUE can. Let it settle for 5-10 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse it off with your garden hose at its highest pressure. Severe stains may require a second application.

    Kool-Aid. Nasty rust stains on your concrete? Mix unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid with hot water. Scrub and the rust stain should come right out.

    Baking Soda. Salt and commercial ice-melt formulations can stain — or actually eat away — the concrete around your house. For an effective, but completely innocuous, way to melt the ice on your steps and walkways during those cold winter months, try sprinkling them with generous amounts of baking soda. Add some sand for improved traction.

    Ammonia. Tired of those annoying discolorations on your concrete work? To get rid of them, scrub with 1 cup ammonia diluted in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Hose it down well when you’re done.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Apr 10, 2021

    Hi Mary, Start with applying oil dry or clay cat litter. Let sit to absorb as much as possible. Sweep away. You may want to repeat this step a few times if it's saturated. Then apply a degreaser and pressure wash. You can also use a good cleaner degreaser from the automotive store and a stiff broom.