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How to Remove Motor Oil From Concrete Driveway

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The sight of oil spreading over the surface of your concrete driveway, or puddle of motor oil pooling beneath your old car may make you groan in dismay, but don’t despair. Most likely it’s not as bad as it looks. Roll up your sleeves and gather the items below, and the motor oil on your concrete driveway will soon be nothing more than a bad memory.

Remove Motor Oil From Concrete Driveway

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Remove as much of the motor oil from the surface of the concrete driveway as possible. The two easiest ways to get rid of motor oil are to place oil absorbent pads over the area, or to cover the stained area with kitty litter. If using kitty litter, let stand overnight or grind it into the cement with the heel of your shoe.

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Place the oil-soaked materials you used in plastic bags. This material must be disposed of properly. Take the plastic bags to the landfill and place them in the designated hazardous waste container.

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Pour a half cup of laundry detergent or hydrocarbon mitigation agent over the stained area. You may need to use more than a half cup if the stain is large. Let the detergent or agent sit for a few minutes so it can penetrate the stain.

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Scrub the stained area with a push broom or scrub brush. Work the laundry detergent or hydrocarbon mitigation agent into the stain. Add a little water to the area, preferably warm, and scrub the area again. If using laundry detergent, leave on the stain overnight, then proceed to Step 5. If using hydrocarbon mitigation agent, proceed immediately to Step 5.

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Rinse the stained area until all the detergent or hydrocarbon mitigation agent is gone. Let the area dry. If it’s clean—enjoy! If not, you may need to repeat the process.

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Cola or spray oven cleaner can be applied to the stained area in place of hydrocarbon mitigation agent or detergent. Leave the cola or spray oven cleaner on the stain overnight before proceeding to Step 4. Cola and spray oven cleaner work well to dissolve motor oil residue. If you have access to a pressure washer, you can pressure wash the stained area after you have completed Step 4. Water should be no hotter than 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

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