Garage Floor Clean-Up
Did your spring cleaning reveal an ugly garage floor? Are you wondering what to do with the oil stains that have suddenly appeared now that you’ve swept away the leaves and grime?
Depending on how long the stains have had to set in, removing them may not be as difficult as you think. Some household items like WD-40 may do the trick! Spray on and let the solvent soak in for about 15 minutes. Rinse with a hose and repeat if necessary.
Sprinkle inexpensive – but absorptive – cat litter on the stain, making sure to cover the oil stain completely. Crush and grind the litter into the oil stain with your shoes. Let set for an hour, then sweep up and discard. For heavy stains, let the litter sit overnight after crushing, then sweep up and discard. Wash with a heavy duty detergent soap and stiff brush, then rinse.
Paint Thinner and Sawdust:
Mix sawdust with paint thinner until it is damp. Spread the soaked sawdust over the stain, let it soak into the oil stain for 20 minutes. Sweep up the sawdust and reapply if necessary.
Laundry Soap Solvents:
Powdered laundry soap works best on a fresh or recent spill. Prior to using the soap solvent, blot up all the oil you can. Failure to do so will result in a secondary stain. Mix a large amount of laundry soap in a bucket of warm water, so that the solution is extremely soapy. Pour the soapy water onto the stain, then pour extra detergent directly onto the stain. Let it set in for 10 minutes. Using a nylon brush, with stiff bristles, scrub the stain. Once finished, hose off the soapy solvent. Reapply if necessary.
For those more stubborn oil stains, or stains that have been there a while, we suggest purchasing a strong concrete degreaser such as Oil Eater. Degreasers work well at penetrating the stain, breaking down the oil and drawing it up and out of the concrete.
When using a concrete degreaser, start by pre-wetting the area with hot water. Mix a very strong solution of the degreaser and pour it directly onto the stain. Scrub the area well and let it set for at least 15 minutes. If it starts to dry before times up, add a little more solution and scrub again. This allows it to work its way into the pores of the concrete and break down the oil.
While the area is still wet, scrape off any heavy suds or standing water with a dust pan or towel. Pour a liberal amount of cat litter (or Oil-Dri) directly onto the stain and grind it into the concrete with your shoes. Make sure you have enough on the ground to absorb it all. If it all turns dark from being wet – this will not fully work. Let sit overnight. Sweep up the cat litter and your stain should be gone.