Are those nasty oil stains bothering you in doing your work? Most of the times, these stains appear in the garage, all thanks to the car oil leakage. And not only oil, grease and other hydrocarbon blots spare no efforts to aggravate your tension levels. Removing oil from the concrete floor or cement driveways is the most pathetic situation one can land into. Luckily, there are several commercial products in the markets that are designed to clean the concrete floors, driveways, and sidewalks. Nearly all of these products (unluckily) contain acid, giving a sufficient reason to the consumers not to use commercial degreaser, as they might cause harm. So, if you have those oil stains on your concrete floor, check out this safe home remedy to clean them up. Read on and know how to remove oil stains from a concrete floor.
Removing Oil Off Cement Garage Driveways
- Ready-to-mix Cements
- Sawdust or Kitty Litters
- To start with, take fresh sawdust or kitty litter and spread a thick layer of it over the stain, as this will suck up excess grease or oil on the surface.
- Have patience and let the sawdust or kitty litter rest there for one or two days.
- After the due time, sweep away the sawdust or kitty litter from the surface.
- Now, pour dry cement over the dried oil spot and cover it completely.
- Once again, let the cement to rest there for one or two days.
- Next, sweep away the cement.
- At last, collect the cement in a bag and throw it in the garbage bin. Do not let the cement go down the sewer, as it can choke it.
Car litter can prove effective against oil stains on concrete. Sprinkle the litter on the stain. Place your shoe above the stain and apply force to crush and grind it. Let it set for at least an hour and then sweep up the area
A phosphate free TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate) cleaner can be used to clean the stain. Mix one cup of TSP with one gallon of water, to make a cleaning solution. Cover your eyes by wearing eye protection and also wear rubber gloves. Now, pour the TSP on the oil stain. Let the stain soak the solution for about 20 minutes. After allowing the solution to set on the stain, scrub it with a plastic bristled brush. Rinse the stain with a hose, and if there are still visible stains remaining on the floor, repeat the procedure.
WD 40 is a common lubricant used in the household, known to be effective in removing oil stains. Spray WD 40 on the stained area and let the stain soak the absorbent for 15 minutes. Rinse the stain with a hose. You can repeat the procedure, if the stain still persists.
- To get the best results, degrease the stains as and when they come into sight.
- The grease on the surface can be sucked up by the kitty litter or sawdust, whereas the stain is absorbed by the dry cement.
- To avoid further stains, use large automotive drip pans for leaking vehicles.