How can I remove oil from the floor?
Use paper towels or a spatula to scoop the material into a dustpan. Repeat steps 2-4 until most of the oil is removed. Wipe the floor with slices of bread or paper towels to remove the remaining oil residue. Use a grease-fighting dish liquid and warm water to mop the floor.7
How to Remove Oil Stains From a Garage Floor
- Step 1: Absorption. Cover the stain in clay cat-litter, Ring says.
- Step 2: Saturate. Saturate the stain with your cleaning solution, in this case liquid dish soap to cut the grease and break up the stain.
- Step 3: Scrub. Oil stains in a porous material such as concrete require a bit of elbow grease.
- Let it sit for three minutes and scrub with a stiff-bristled nylon brush. Next, lay newspaper over the area and allow it to dry. Once dry, wash the stain with one cup of bleach and one of laundry detergent, mixed into one gallon of warm water. These are just a few ways to get rid of a garage floor stain.
- Use your hose to lightly spray down the concrete in your garage so that the concrete is wet but not puddling water. If you have a large garage floor, you may want to acid etch in sections. Do not let the concrete dry out before or during application of the acid solution.
- The key is to mix up a solution of 1 gallon of warm water to 1 cup of vinegar with a squirt of dish soap. Pour the solution onto the stains and scrub with a stiff deck brush. Use a mop or wet vac to remove the residue first and then rinse liberally with water.
Scrub and the rust stain should come right out. Get those unsightly grease, oil, and transmission fluid stains off your concrete driveway or garage floor. Spray them with oven cleaner. Let it settle for 5-10 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse it off with your garden hose at its highest pressure.
- Other methods for oil clean-up
- Booms and skimmers: Booms contain the oil so that skimmers can collect it.
- Leave the oil alone: Some scientists argue that oil spills should be left to disperse naturally.
- In situ burning: Freshly spilled oil is ignited while it's still floating on the water.
- Use a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) to pretreat the stains. Apply a few drops to each stain and let it soak in, rubbing it gently to help work it all the way in if you need to. Wait 5 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. .
- Wipe the floor with slices of bread or paper towels to remove the remaining oil residue. Use a grease-fighting dish liquid and warm water to mop the floor.7 If there was any glass in the spill, wait for the floor to dry, then run a lint roller or thick tape over the area to pick up any shards.8
Slowly pour the liquid or powder detergent on the spot until it is completely covered. Your detergent can be a common household product: baking soda, vinegar, soap, dish or laundry detergent. Let the detergent sit on the stain for 15-30 minutes if it is liquid. Use hot water to scrub the detergent with a brush.
- Repeat the process a second (and perhaps third) time to fully remove the stain. You can't scrub oil and grease stains away. The trick is to draw them up out of the concrete. To do this, mix trisodium phosphate (or a TSP substitute) with water and an absorbent material to make a smooth paste.
- Use TSP Heavy-Duty Cleaner to clean and prepare your Home, Decks and Siding for painting. The cleaner removes Dirt,Grease,Grime,Soot and Chalked Paint. It is compatible with washable walls, floors and woodwork including decks and siding. It is specially formulated to control lead paint dust.
- Let it sit overnight. The next day, sweep away the powder or litter (which should have absorbed the oil) and use a paper towel to blot up any residue. Now that you've drawn out as much oil from the floor as you can, apply grease-cutting dish or laundry detergent to the stain and wash any discolored areas with a brush.
Updated: 2nd October 2019