How To Remove Motor Oil from Concrete Driveway

One of the typical problems that you will encounter when you have a car in a concrete driveway is the problem of motor oil spills. Oil leaks are quite a common appearance, and these oil leaks can leave a large stain on your concrete driveway unless you clean up the oil spill right away. Here are some steps to removing the motor oil from your driveway.

  • Quick removal. When you see an oil spill, your initial reaction should always be to remove as much of it as you can as soon as possible. Remember, the longer you let the oil spill stay on the floor, the more difficult it will be for you to remove the oil stain later on. Always have some kitty litter in your garage or driveway, because kitty litter is one of the most effective ways to remove oil stains. Simply take enough kitty litter to cover the entire area covered with the oil spill. Let the kitty litter absorb the oil overnight, and then scoop up the kitty litter afterwards. You can also use oil absorbing sheets, which are specially designed for absorbing oil.
  • Bag the soaking agents. After you have removed the actual oil in the concrete driveway, the next step is to make sure that you place all of the kitty litter or oil pads in the correct waste container. Remember that oil does not naturally decompose, unlike biodegradable materials. You will need to make sure that you have bagged the kitty litter properly and that you deliver it to the landfill or to the local waste treatment facility.
  • Pre-treating the spot. Now that the bulk of the oil has been removed, the next step is to add some detergent on the spot where the oil was spilled. All purpose household cleaning detergent usually works best for oil spots. Make sure that you cover the oil spot with enough detergent to seal out the black spots on the concrete driveway. If the oil is particularly stubborn, you may need to apply a little bit of bleach to the driveway. Apply the bleach using a spray bottle, for even application.
  • Scrubbing. Let the detergent sit on the stain overnight. Afterwards, take a scrubbing brush and use it to scrub the stain out of the concrete driveway. If the stain was fairly new and recent, you should be able to remove the motor oil easily. If the stains are very stubborn, however, you may need to reapply some bleach and some detergent again. Or you can also use hydrocarbon mitigation agents, which are specifically designed to absorb and remove oil stains.
  • Rinse. After scrubbing away the oil stains, make sure that you hose off and rinse the stained area. For very stubborn stains, you can also use some hot water to rinse off the stain, which will soften the oil stains and make it easier for you to scrub away.

With these steps, you should be able to easily remove motor oil stains from your concrete driveway or garage.


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