5 Foolproof Ways To Remove Grease and Oil Stains From Concrete
Let’s face it, grease and oils stains will eventually plague your driveway or garage floor.
These stubborn stains are not only unsightly, but they can also ruin your house carpet or car carpet if someone happens to walk through it without realizing it, and then unknowingly transfers it to your carpet with their dirty shoes.
Some good old-fashioned elbow grease can help you out, along with some “green” products that you already have in your home.
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Concrete is very porous, so the quicker you act, the more likely you have a chance of removing the stain once and for all.
Five Products to Use on Your Grease and Oil Stains
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Dawn Dish Soap – This product should come as no surprise, as it is a widely used product on many things, penguins included. Take your Dawn Dish Soap and generously apply it to the stain, completely covering it. Use a large bristle brush, add some elbow grease, and start scrubbing. The oil will start to separate from the concrete. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.
Powder Laundry Detergent – Sprinkle some detergent (brand doesn’t matter) onto the stain, again, completely covering the stain. Dampen the powder slightly, so it will mix well into a paste. Begin scrubbing. Once you have thoroughly scrubbed the area, let the pasty mixture sit for an hour or so to allow time for it to penetrate the concrete. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Baking Soda – You can buy this magic powder in bulk from your local club, such as Sam’s Club or Costco. Once again, just like above, sprinkle the powder over the top of the stain. Add some water and some scrubbing action to loosen and remove the stain. Rinse and repeat if necessary
WD-40 – Generously spray on the stain and allow it to soak in for 30 minutes or so. Allow it to do its work and then scrub more in if needed. You may need to repeat these steps more than once. When you rinse, make sure you rinse completely so that no greasy film is left behind.
Cola/Soda/Pop – AFTER the top stain has been removed by one of the above steps, if there is a slight stain left behind, some pop may just be what you need. Pour an entire 12 ounce pop (brand doesn’t matter) on the entire stain and allow it to sit for 6 hours. The pop will penetrate the surface of the concrete. When the 6 hours is up, you can pour another can of pop on the area and scrub it in well. Allow it to sit for 1 more hour. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
If you are interested in watching a video about how quickly soda can remove oil stains, enjoy this one we found for you. They don’t follow the exact steps we listed, such as letting it soak in, but you’ll get the general idea.
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