How to Remove Oil Stains from Concrete

If you’re tired of looking at those oil stains on the floor of your garage or driveway, there is something you can do about it.  Check out this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, to learn about this simple fix.

So what causes oil stains on a garage floor or driveway?  While an oil leak isn’t an everyday occurrence, over time a vehicle will naturally start to show signs of wear and tear, including leaks.  And because concrete is a porous material, when oil does leak it has a tendency to spread and really permeate.  It’s all a bit scientific, but basically, when you add water to cement and it hardens to make concrete, and the process also creates pores (kind of like your skin) as a result of minute particles of excess water that remain after the binding process.

The only way to prevent this typically is to seal the concrete.  However, in most cases, homeowners are inheriting this problem or it just hasn’t been top-of-mind and now it’s an issue that needs to be dealt with.

 Here are the steps to remove old oil stains from concrete:

  • Sprinkle some powdered detergent over the stained area
  • Dip a scrub brush in a bucket of water and begin scrubbing the detergent, to make a paste
  • Let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse away
  • Use a broom to sweep away any excess

BONUS TIP: the sooner you address the stain the more chance you’ll have to remove it.  If it’s a stain that’s been there for quite some time, you can repeat the treatment above but it will likely never get the stain completely out.

If you’re tired of looking at those oil stains on the floor of your garage or driveway, there is something you can do about it.  Check out this installment of our Fix It in 15:00 video series, to learn about this simple fix.

So what causes oil stains on a garage floor or driveway?  While an oil leak isn’t an everyday occurrence, over time a vehicle will naturally start to show signs of wear and tear, including leaks.  And because concrete is a porous material, when oil does leak it has a tendency to spread and really permeate.  It’s all a bit scientific, but basically, when you add water to cement and it hardens to make concrete, and the process also creates pores (kind of like your skin) as a result of minute particles of excess water that remain after the binding process.

The only way to prevent this typically is to seal the concrete.  However, in most cases, homeowners are inheriting this problem or it just hasn’t been top-of-mind and now it’s an issue that needs to be dealt with.

 Here are the steps to remove old oil stains from concrete:

  • Sprinkle some powdered detergent over the stained area
  • Dip a scrub brush in a bucket of water and begin scrubbing the detergent, to make a paste
  • Let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse away
  • Use a broom to sweep away any excess

BONUS TIP: the sooner you address the stain the more chance you’ll have to remove it.  If it’s a stain that’s been there for quite some time, you can repeat the treatment above but it will likely never get the stain completely out.