How to Remove Oil Stains on Concrete

How to Remove Oil Stains on Concrete

By CO Hard Surfaces
Posted on 1-8-2024

When it comes to removing oil stains from a concrete floor, especially in a garage, CO Hard Surfaces understands the importance of maintaining a clean and stain-free surface. Here are some effective steps to tackle oil stains on your concrete garage floor.

Act Quickly

The sooner you address an oil stain, the better the chances of complete removal. Prompt action prevents the oil from penetrating deeper into the concrete.

Absorb Excess Oil

Begin by using absorbent materials such as cat litter, sawdust, or baking soda to soak up as much of the excess oil as possible. Apply the absorbent material generously over the stain and let it sit for several hours or overnight.

Sweep and Dispose

Once the absorbent material has done its job, sweep or vacuum it up. Properly dispose of the materials in accordance with local regulations for hazardous waste.

Pre-treat with a Degreaser

Apply a high-quality concrete degreaser or a mixture of dish soap and warm water to the stained area. Use a stiff brush to scrub the stain, ensuring the degreaser penetrates into the concrete.

Scrub with a Brush

Use a stiff-bristled brush or a push broom to scrub the stained area vigorously. This mechanical action helps lift the oil from the concrete. Pay extra attention to stubborn spots.

Rinse with Hot Water

Rinse the treated area with hot water to remove the degreaser and any remaining oil residue. A pressure washer can be particularly effective for this step if available.

Repeat if Necessary

For persistent stains, you may need to repeat the degreasing and scrubbing process. Patience and thoroughness are key to achieving optimal results.

Use Kitty Litter Again

After cleaning, sprinkle a layer of kitty litter or absorbent material over the treated area. Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight to absorb any remaining moisture.

Seal the Concrete

Consider applying a concrete sealer to the entire garage floor once the stain is removed. This not only enhances the floor's appearance but also provides added protection against future stains. This is something we are proud to do for our neighbors here at CO Hard Surfaces.

Prevent Future Stains

To avoid future oil stains, practice good maintenance habits in your garage. Place absorbent mats or rugs under vehicles, perform regular cleanings, and address spills promptly.

By following these steps, you can effectively remove oil stains from your garage's concrete floor, ensuring a clean and well-maintained surface. If you encounter persistent or extensive stains, give us a call! We are the concrete resurfacing experts.