How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

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Here is how to remove oil stains from concrete in a few easy steps. As you know concretes are much more durable and removing oil stains from them will be tough not to crack especially if you have never done it.

But worry not, I will guide you through and help you have a stain-free surface in your front yard and driveway so that it can shine again like before.

But first, you need some tools and materials to begin with. Not that much but a few chemicals and a few cleaning tools.

Tools and Material Needed

oil stain on road

Okay, gather these tools and be ready to get it started.

  • First, get a degrease or an oil stain remover that is specially designed for concrete surfaces.
  • Get a hard scrub brush to rub it.
  • A bucket filled with warm water.
  • A few clean clothes, sponges, and other cleaning tools that you use every day.
  • Get yourself hand gloves and a good shoe.

So now let’s begin my friend. I hope you got them all.

Removing Oil Stains from Concrete

oil stains on driveway
19melissa68 on Flickr

Now follow the steps as I tell you to and you will pull the job as expected.

  • First, apply the degreaser directly to the stain area of the concrete.
  • Wait a few minutes before you use the scrub.
  • Now use the scub brush to peel off the stain with your hand with a little force.
  • Then again apply a few more degreaser and wait for a few minutes or an hour.
  • It will penetrate the oil stain and peel them off.
  • Then dip the sponge into the worm water and rub the area.
  • Repeat the process until no stains are left on the surface of the concrete.

There will be some stubborn stains that need a bit more force to remove. So take care of it. 

My Pro Tips for a Better Stain Removal

walkway oil splash
Jeff Djevdet on Flickr

The above steps are the common steps that I and everyone else follow to remove any oil stain from concrete. The below steps are a few extra tips that you may require in this process.

  • Before you apply the oil stain remover, apply baking soda or any powder to it. It will help soak up the excess oil and help you in the next steps.
  • You can try first with a pressure washer to hit them hard. Then with the above steps remove the stains.
  • Get a concrete shelter or any coating so that next time the oil can not create a stain on the surface of your driveway for the front yard walkway.

These are some PRO tips that I think you need to follow to get this job done properly.

How to Prevent Future Oil Stains

oil stain on floor
Vivien Rolfe on Flickr

As I said, apply a coating, but there are some more things you can try to keep your driveway safe.

  • Act quickly and do not neglect when the oil spill occurs whether from your car or from anywhere. 
  • Clean it right there. The longer the oil remains the worse the area will become. So be quick.
  • Clean your driveway once a month with a pressure washer so that the oil can be removed and the dirt with it.
  • And the sealant or the coating.

Prevention is better than removing the oil stain. So be a first mover and prevent it from occurring in the first place.

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Last Words

So there you go. Now you know how to remove oil stains from concrete in these few steps. Yes, it is not a tough job but it can be if the oil stains are hard and remained there for years.

Again first use the pressure washer and then apply the oil stain remover for the best result. I wish you the best of luck.

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