How to remove oil stains on concrete?

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  • William William on May 16, 2021

    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.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 16, 2021


    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.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 16, 2021

    Get Dawn dish detergent, pour it on directly to all of the oil or grease stains, and let it be. The rain will wash it away the next time it rains, the stain will either be gone or almost gone. Repeat if necessary. Hope this works for you.

  • Clay B Clay B on May 16, 2021

    Benjamin Moore oil and grease emulsifier.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 17, 2021

    Oil Dry or cat litter, sprinkle on the stain to pull the excess oils as much as possible. Sweep away and repeat until the product is not pulling any more. Then use a degreaser to clean the area. If you can use a pressure washer or add a high pressure nozzle to your garden hose, that will reduce the scrubbing you will have to do.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on May 17, 2021

    How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

    1. Wash away the oil with a strong detergent, and a scrub brush or sponge.
    2. Use a concrete cleaner or degreaser to loosen and remove the oil.
    3. Apply a poultice that will break down the oil and suck it from the concrete.
    4. Let special single-celled microorganisms eat up the oil.

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 18, 2021

    Hi! I usually try to absorb as much of the oil, first. Cat litter or baking soda work well for this. I use Dawn dish detergent next. You may need to do this process more than once. Pressure wash after and it should be great. If you don't have access to a pressure washer, a scrub brush and hot water should work. Good luck!

  • Dee Dee on May 18, 2021

    Purple Power grease and oil remover from Walmart full strength will do the trick.

  • Annie Annie on May 20, 2021

    A can of slap shot or brake cleaner will do the trick