How To Remove Concrete Oil Stains

Concrete stain removal is easier than you might think. In fact, it’s often just a matter of washing away whatever caused the discoloration. Here are some tips to help you out.

How to Remove Oil Stains From Concrete

Oil spills leave unattractive black spots on the surface of concrete floors, and those unsightly marks are hard to clean out. But there are ways to make cleanup easier and faster.

If the spillage occurred recently, you may be able to use soap and water to wipe away most of the oil. However, if the spill happened months ago, or if the area is large, you may want to call in professionals to help.

The best way to prevent future spills is to keep drains free of debris, such as food scraps, pet waste, and hair. This prevents clogs and overflows that lead to leaks, which could cause damage to property and injury to people.

Once you know what type of oil spilled onto the floor, you can determine how to treat the spot. Use a sponge soaked in warm water and dishwashing liquid, or a paper towel dampened with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol works well because it is highly flammable and won’t burn skin.

To remove stubborn stains, try pouring baking soda directly on the affected area, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then scrub with a soft cloth dipped in hot water and vinegar. Rinse thoroughly, and dry with a lint-free towel.

For some newer or smaller stains, you may be able to use a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to three parts water. Mix together, pour onto the affected area, and allow it to soak in for 10 to 20 minutes. Scrub gently with a soft toothbrush or rag dipped in warm water and white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, and dry with a clean towel.

If the stain is larger, you’ll need to purchase a commercial cleaning product designed specifically for concrete. Look for products labeled “concrete cleaner,” “stain remover,” or “oil removal.” Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the finish.

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