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.

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

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.

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.

Step 3 Blot Blot the soapy mixture with towels.

Step 4 Flush Flush the area with hot water, taking care not to burn yourself. If necessary, scrub again after the water has cooled.

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.

Step 6 Sweep up the litter Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan the next morning.

Step 7 Repeat Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary. With a little work, your driveway will be as good as new!

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.