How to Remove an Oil Stain from Concrete
Hi, DIY Nation! It’s Jeff with Home Repair
Tutor. And today I’m going to show you how to remove an oil stain from concrete. This
is a common problem, especially if you own an older car.
So I compared four difference methods; some worked, some didn’t. So you’re going to want
to stay tuned because you’re going to save time and money in the process. Let’s get started.
I tried four different methods. I used kitty litter, TSP, WD-40, and Drylok Etch. So I
wanted to see which one would work best at removing the stain—the oil stain or whatever
stain it is—in the concrete. I used the kitty litter first. And this is
a real basic method. All you do is pour the kitty litter onto the stain and then mash
it real good with your body weight. Now, you don’t have to wear green shoes like I did,
but mash it really good and then you sweep it off the stain. And I did not see any change,
but that’s not to say that this method wouldn’t work for you. So maybe give it a shot.
The second one was using WD-40. And all I did here was spray the WD-40 onto a little
circular section of the stain—’cause after all, this is an experiment, and I did not
want to try it on the whole section but just—I sprayed it on, and then I scrubbed it really
good with a stiff wire brush. I did this for several minutes—yeah, it’s kind of a pain
in the butt—and then after that, I brushed on some kitty litter to absorb the WD-40 and
hopefully the stain. And I let that sit there for a good 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, I took some straight TSP, and I poured that over the adjacent stain
like so. And again I used a stiff wire brush to hopefully scrub out the stain. And this
is what it looked like. Excuse me, I put on some kitty litter—I totally forgot about
that—to absorb that stain. So I let that sit. I brushed off the WD-40 and again, nothing.
So WD-40 is a bust. Then here’s a surprise. I shoveled off the
kitty litter that absorbed the TSP, and there was a noticeable difference. So TSP, I’d say
that’s a good method to try on an oil stain. Now the fourth one that—the fourth method
was used was Drylok Etch. Now be safe when you use all these chemicals—wear gloves,
safety glasses. And what I did is I scrubbed it with a stiff wire brush and this is what
it looked like. So it turned out really awesome with the Drylok Etch. And as a reminder, this
is what it looked like before. So Drylok Etch, awesome!
There you have it. The kitty litter and the WD-40 didn’t work out as well for me as maybe
it might for you. You could give it a shot, especially if you own a cat—which I don’t;
I went out and bought the kitty litter. That’s a whole different story. And most everybody’s
got WD-40. But the TSP and the Drylok Etch were total winners. And I would say try the
TSP first then go for the Drylok Etch. But there you have it. Those are two solutions
that will help you out with removing your oil stain from concrete. And I hope it helped
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