How do you clean a cement floor?


Have a older garage that my son stored his 81 Firebird in.

When we moved the car out of the garage their were oil and gas stains. Any homemade cleaners I can use to remove or clean the spots up? Thanks!

  14 answers
  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Nov 09, 2020

    I use a damp mop, to much water can cause mold.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 09, 2020

    How to Remove Oil Stains From a Garage Floor

    1. Step 1: Absorption. Cover the stain in clay cat-litter, Ring says. ...
    2. Step 2: Saturate. Saturate the stain with your cleaning solution, in this case liquid dish soap to cut the grease and break up the stain. ...
    3. Step 3: Scrub. Oil stains in a porous material such as concrete require a bit of elbow grease.

  • William William on Nov 09, 2020

    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.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 09, 2020

    You can put down clay kitty litter to help pull petroleum from the floor. Then go with an automotive heavy duty degreaser like Purple Power.

  • Cover the stains in cat litter and give it time to soak up as much of the oil as possible. Sweep up the litter and then use a grease-cutting detergent (like Dawn) to break up the rest of the grease. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 09, 2020

    Hi Ellen, hope this helps you get your cement floor clean. How to Clean Concrete Floors

    1. Clear debris. Clean and clear the floor of all debris, dirt and dust using a vacuum, soft bristle broom or dry dust mop.
    2. Apply Simple Green Multi-Surface Floor Care. Spray the cleaning solution as a light mist across your floor section by section.
    3. Mop up in sections. Wet mop with clean water and wring well. ...
    4. Dry.

    How to Clean Concrete Floors - Simple Green › cleaning-tips › rooms › living-room

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 09, 2020

    Using coke to remove the stains from the floors, is one of the best and recommended therapy. You can now use the cola for a cleaning purpose instead in your glasses. Expel the most oil surface as you can with a help of detergent or dishwasher then pour almost 12 ounces of coke on the oil stain and let it stay for almost one hour.

    • Scour it the help of brush to remove the oil stain from the concrete with coke.
    • After brushing let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Rinse that area with water hose completely.
    • For smooth and shining surface after using coke on the floor, you can use mopping liquid to protect its surface from dryness and roughness.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 10, 2020

    Hello. Older stains they’re sitting might prove to be more difficult.

    We have a newer concrete driveway that sometimes gets abused by contractors or service personnel. We try to observe and remove these oil stains ASAP. We use TSP for large areas or areas not treated immediately or this Easy off spray for stains we catch right away. Scrub with a stiff plastic kitchen type brush and rinse with water. Remember to wear personal protection as labels might direct.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 10, 2020

    Hello there,

    Once you get back to a clean floor, you may want to think about Painting it with a Floor Paint for Concrete, then you will be able to wash away any future spillage! Best wishes

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 10, 2020

    Clean up and dust and dirt, then add clay kitty litter over the stains to soak up excess petroleum products, sweep that up and dispose of.

    Pour Coca Cola over the stain and allow it to sit for 30min to 1 hour and then scrub with a stiff brush, sweep that up and rinse with clear water.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Nov 10, 2020

    Check out my post

    In that post I did a (unpaid) review of 2 products to get stains out of concrete! Deep set stains in concrete are definitely hard to get out.

    Then I would check out Home Depot or Lowes and get some garage coating for the cement. You know the type that has the speckles in it. Something like this:

    If you don't want to use that. You could try painting the concrete with some awesome concrete paint. We used a sherwin Williams brand to paint our patio. I show what paint we used in this post:

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 15, 2020

    Hi Eileen: Dawn dish washing liquid soap is one of the most common soaps used to remove oil stains. Soap uses the emulsification process to both combine with the oil and then lift it away from the surface. ... You then should use either a brush or a broom to agitate the paste and scrub it into the stain before rinsing the paste away.

    This isn't a homemade cleaner, but it worked for me. I used L.A.'s Totally Awesome All Purpose Concentrated cleaner from the Dollar Tree. It only costs a buck :) Also, try this site for some hints:

  • Eileen Eileen on Nov 15, 2020

    The cat litter and Dawn did the job!

    Thank You everyone !