How To Clean Oil Stains Off Your Garage Floor

How To Clean Oil Stains Off Your Garage Floor

6 Different Ways To Remove Oil Stains

If you keep your car in the garage, before long you’ll probably see a few oil stains on the garage floor. They may even show up on your driveway. You’ll want to remove those stains to keep your floor clean and prevent oil and toxins from being tracked into your house.

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Oil Stains and Spills

Removing oil stains from a garage floor isn’t as difficult as you might think, but it does take work. Here are a few methods:

Clay cat-litter, dish soap and a quality wire scrub brush. This is a 3-step process. First, cover the entire stain with CLAY cat litter and let it sit for as long as possible-up to 2 days. Next, saturate the stain with dish soap and let sit for one hour. After an hour, use a quality wire scrub brush and work the brush in a circular motion. If needed apply more soap with a little water and continue scrubbing. Rinse the area with clean water.

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Clay cat litter to remove oil stains

Oven cleaner. Apply as much oven cleaner as you can to the oil spill, then wait at least 15 minutes for it to work.  Scrub the area very hard using a steel or hard-bristled brush. Clean the area and you should find that most of the oil stain is gone. Severe stains may require a second application.

Coca Cola. Yes, I said Coke–is a good place to start for small stains. Soak up any excess oil with an old bath towel. Use two cans of Cola which are at room temperature and pour over the top of the stain until it is completely covered and leave overnight. Leave the cola on for at least 8-10 hours or overnight and then rinse off the area with warm soapy water.

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Coca-Cola to remove oil stains

WD-40-Spray a generous amount of WD-40 onto the affected area and then leave it overnight. Once you’ve rinsed away the messy residue, you should find that the WD-40 has cleared up most, if not all the oil.

Detergent, warm water and a good brush with hard bristles. This requires a lot more scrubbing and if your floor finish can handle it, use a wire brush. If not, just a good brush with hard bristles will help lift the worst of the stain when combined with the mixture of soap and warm water. Rinse well until the soap and residue are gone.

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Detergent, Warm Water and Hard Bristle Brush

Dry laundry detergent. Scrubbing the floor with a basic dry laundry detergent will also remove oil stains. Don’t use liquid laundry detergents because they’ll leave the floor too slick.

If you don’t have the time to spend cleaning the oil from your garage floor or you just don’t want to, hire a specialist to clean up the oil.  However, the best way to keep your garage floor clean is to take preventative measures.  Place a tray of sawdust or cat litter underneath the car to catch drips.  A large piece of cardboard will work too.