List Of Home Remedies For How To Remove Oil From Concrete

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Removal Guide

If you have a big oil spot in your driveway it can make the most beautifully maintained house look dingy. How to remove oil from concrete is tricky. It’s important if you have an oil spot to remove it from the concrete as soon as possible to avoid needing to hire a professional to get the oil off of the driveway. The longer it’s there, the harder it is to get out. How to remove oil from concrete has a few possible remedies. The key is to start with the first suggestion and if that doesn’t work move down to the next one.  First below is a list of things you will need if you want to learn how to remove oil from concrete.

  • Muriatic acid (available at a hardware or janitorial supply store)
  • Stiff Brush Or Push Broom
  • Garden Hose
  • Plastic Bucket
  • Commercial Concrete Cleaner Or Grease Solvent
  • Cola
  • Safety Goggles
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
  • Rubber Or Latex Gloves
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Pressure washer (to rent one, look under Pressure Washing Equipment in the yellow pages)
  • Baking soda, cornmeal or sawdust
  • TSP
  1. Pour the cola on the oil or dry stained area. Leave the cola on overnight.  The next day squirt a good amount of dishwashing liquid into a bucked until you have made up a good lather. Rinse the cola with the soapy water then a garden hose.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda or an absorbent powder such as cornmeal or sawdust on the oily spots. If the stain is dry, get it wet first to turn it into a scouring paste.  Scrub the stain with a stiff brush or push broom.
  3. Sprinkle automatic dishwasher detergent onto the oily concrete. Leave it on the stain for several minutes then pour boiling water on the stained area. Scrub with a stiff brush or push broom and then rinse off with a garden hose.
  4. If none of the above work, try a commercial concrete cleaner. An example of a common one is Garage and Driveway Cleaner by Red Devil Co. Or try a grease solvent such as Benzine. On both of these products just follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Sprinkle trisodium phosphate (TSP) on the oily concrete. If the stain is dry, get it wet. Let it stand for 30 minutes on the stain.  Next, scrub the stain using a stiff brush. TSP is a dangerous product. If you have to use it make sure and wear rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles and protective clothing. Also, never wash a TSP product down the storm drains on the streets.
  6. Finally, try beating those tough stains with muriatic acid and a pressure washer. Put the acid on following the manufacturer’s directions and let it soak in for several seconds. Next take the pressure washer set 2500 to 3000 lbs. per square inch psi or 176 to 211 kg per square cm and spray it. Just like with TSP, muriatic acid is a dangerous product and accordingly you should wear safety gear and never wash it down the storm drains.
  7. After attempting all or any of the strategies above, sprinkle baking soda over the cleaned area to neutralize the solutions you have used.

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