You are leaving home for work and as you back up your vehicle from where you had parked it, you notice a big oil stain right on your driveway or garage concrete. In your mind, two things cross. The first, you need to have your car checked. Secondly, how in this world are you going to get that stain off your concrete? With that, you realize that both options will actually cost you money. What to do?
While taking the car to a mechanic is something you cannot avoid doing, the good thing is that taking care of that oil stain does not have to cost you much and may not require to have a professional come in and take care of it. The great thing is that there are several, quite simple but highly effective ways to deal with oil stains on concrete and which will not require you to buy those rather expensive concrete cleaners and degreasers.
Effective ways to remove oil stains from your driveway
There are several formulas you could use, and which will only require items that are near or around you. These options will probably save you tons of money and can sometimes be more effective than the available commercial options.
The Soda-Pop Option
In this option, you will require a few cola cans, a bag of cat litter, a bucket, a stiff broom or nylon brush, bleach (liquid), ammonia free detergent (powdered), running water, a garden hose, gloves and eye protection.
1. Cover the oiled or greased area with a thin cat litter layer. Grind it in using your shoes so that it is well smeared on the spot. Let it sit for a few minutes.
2. Using the broom, sweep the cat litter before pouring enough cola on the area till it is entirely covered.
3. Using the brush, work on the affected area ensuring that the entire area is constantly damp with cola. Leave the cola on the affected area for about 20 minutes or up until the fizzing stops. However, do not permit the cola to dry in.
4. Rinse the area with fresh water. A gray stain should be left where the oil stain once sat.
5. Using a solution made from 1 cup detergent, 1 cup chlorine and a gallon of boiling water, scrub the area to remove the gray stain for a spotless drive way.
The Muriatic Acid Option
If the first option does not work out, then this option should work. When working with this acid, it is important that you wear protection to stay safe. Ensure that you are working in a well-ventilated area and that no animals or children are around.
1. Mix one part of muriatic acid with nine parts of water. Please note that it should not be the other way around.
2. Pour some of the solutions on the affected area and scrub it with your brush or broom. Do not splash the mixture as it may damage the area surrounding the stain.
3. Leave the solution over the area for about 10 minutes or until fizzing has stopped.
4. Flush the affected area with plenty of fresh water
Interestingly, these are not the only available options. There are more non-commercial concrete oil stain removal alternatives out there that you could use. However, if any of these do not work for you, then opting to get a commercial oil stain remover for concrete would be recommended. But before opting to do that, try these effective, cheap and highly efficient ways of getting rid of an oil stain on concrete.