How to Get Grease off a Concrete Driveway

You don't have to live with an oil-stained driveway. Get rid of the mess with these stain-busting techniques.

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You Will Need

  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Grease-cutting liquid dish detergent
  • A nylon scrub brush
  • Hot water
  • Cat litter
  • A Broom
  • A Dustpan
  • Plywood or cardboard

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Act quickly

    Using a combination of newspaper, paper towels, and rags, blot as much oil as possible immediately after a spill to keep it from soaking into the concrete.

  2. Take the oil-soaked paper and rags to a recycling center as soon as possible. Leave oil-soaked materials outside your house and garage until you can dispose of them properly.

  3. Step 2

    Scrub with soap and water]

    Apply grease-cutting dish detergent to the stain and work it in with a nylon scrub brush. Add hot water and continue to scrub.

  4. Wet the area surrounding the stain to prevent the released oil from causing a secondary stain.

  5. Step 3

    Blot

    Blot the soapy mixture with towels.

  6. Step 4

    Flush

    Flush the area with hot water, taking care not to burn yourself. If necessary, scrub again after the water has cooled.

  7. Step 5

    Use cat litter

    Sprinkle cat litter on the spill to absorb any remaining oil. Use a push broom to work the litter into the stain; then let the litter sit overnight to absorb the rest of the oil.

  8. Step 6

    Sweep up the litter

    Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan the next morning.

  9. Step 7

    Repeat

    Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary. With a little work, your driveway will be as good as new!

  10. Step 8

    Prevent a repeat

    Prevent future oil stains in your driveway by laying a piece of plywood or cardboard on the floor and parking your car over it.

  11. One gallon of oil can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water. That's good reason not to wash your oil down the drain!

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