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Home Recipe to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 4

Easy Stain Removal for Sidewalks and Driveways

There are plenty of homemade remedies and cleaners out there to remove oil stains, but none seem to be nearly as effective as this one, which I learned about by accident. Once upon a time, I worked at a fast food restaurant. We had to empty the grease traps and spilled the oil all over the sidewalk. To soak it up we used cat litter from the neighboring gas station. I've since learned that this technique is fairly well known. Oh well, I guess I'm not an inventor. That's okay, let's take a look at how to remove oil stains from concrete.

If you would rather not mess around, you can buy cement stain remover for under 9 dollars.

As stated, you should apply cat litter to the oil stain you want to remove. I don't use the fancy blue stuff, just the cheap bag of gray litter will work fine. Allow it to sit on the oil for some time and you'll notice that the litter begins to clump. When you get to this point, you're ready to move on.

Sweep the cat litter off. To remove oil stains from concrete you'll want to apply a new layer of cat litter to the greasy mess. This time, however, you will want to use either a very stiff broom or brush to work the litter into the oil stain completely.

Continue to brush the litter, going back and forth, side to side, all over the stained area. As the litter begins to clump up and pull up oil, sweep it off and reapply.

Allow the litter to completely dry on the concrete. This will likely mean leaving it overnight, or for several hours

Purchase a large bottle of cola. I don't think it really matter what brand you use. Apply the cola to the concrete oil stain and cat litter. It's going to fizz up and will sound really nasty, but that just means it's working.

Don't allow the cola to dry. Use your broom or brush again and work the cola into the cat litter and the oil stain on the concrete.

Using a garden hose, spray the entire mixture off. After the area dries, you'll notice that you've successfully removed an oil stain from concrete.

I use cat litter fairly frequently, usually twice each year, to make my sidewalk look like new. I eliminate the use of the cola for general cleaning. You'll find that the concrete sidewalks and pathways look much better. Give this homemade recipe for cleaning oil stain from concrete a try today.



Nov 25, 2009 2:26am
Sound feasible when you think of it. Soaking it up. And just think how coca cola works on your stomach. it cleans coins up great too.
Jul 10, 2010 6:48pm
Great article, Jason!
Feb 7, 2012 12:45am
nice information about the oil stains. if you dont have a car leaking someone visiting certainly has one. for some reason there are always some of these in every drive. thanks for sharing
Sep 24, 2013 8:16am
Great article. Sometimes those oil stains in your garage can be a big pain to get rid of. Thanks for the tips.
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