How to Remove Oil & Grease From Concrete

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Remove oil and grease from concrete by soaking up the spill with kitty litter or saw dust, sweeping up the mess, and scrubbing the left over stain with a mixture of water and dish soap. Allow the area to dry thoroughly before allowing people to walk on... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to remove oil and grease from concrete. The key is, first of all keep it away from an open flame of course and sparks. But you want to soak it up first. If you have kitty litter, it's really good at soaking up oil and things like that. It's made to be absorbent. So it comes in handy for cleaning up lots of things around the house. You have a oil spill like this, just sprinkle some kitty litter over it . If you don't have kitty litter you can use sawdust or corn starch, any thing that's really absorbent is going to work well. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes and sweep it up and you may still be left with some more oil. Just repeat that process until the kitty litter is no longer absorbing the oil. And you'll be left with a stain after this. The best thing to clean that stain up with is dish soap and water. Dish soap is really good at fighting grease and cutting through grease. So use dish soap and water in a bucket and a nice scrub brush. And just scrub away the stain. Make sure to be careful, let people know that there's soap on the concrete, especially if it's on the garage floor like this, because it'll get slippery. And after you've scrubbed it really well with the soap, get a clean sponge with just water in it and use that to wipe up the soap. Let it dry and try to keep people away from it until it's dry, because you don't want anybody to hurt themselves. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you clean up oil spills and grease spills on concrete.