4 Quick Ways to Remove Motor Oil from Concrete Driveways

Did the stains of dripping motor oil unfortunately make its way onto the concrete driveway? Here are some quick ways to make the motor oil stains less noticeable without spending a fortune. The sooner you act, the better the results.

Best Oil Stain Remover for Concrete Driveways

We recommend you use one of the following products to speed up the oil stain removal process. These products are designed to help eliminate all sorts of motor oil stains on concrete driveways.

Concrete Stain Cleaner

Concrete Cleaner by TERMINATOR-HSD

The Terminator Concrete Cleaner can eliminate the oil stains on the concrete by utilizing oil-digesting microorganisms. Unlike other types of oil stain cleaners, you don’t have to scrub the driveway in order for the cleaner to work.

Please note, however, that the Terminator HSD won’t work in certain conditions. For example, the active ingredient (the microorganisms) will die off if the cleaner is applied on driveways with a temperature of around 140 F. You’ll also need to be patient. Give it at least one to three weeks for the oil stain removal effects to kick in.

BacKrete Eco-Friendly Concrete Cleaner

This eco-friendly concrete cleaner won’t lead to long-lasting damages that traditional oil stain cleaners may have on the surrounding environment. Like the TERMINATOR HSD, this cleaner employs bacteria technology to gradually eliminate the motor oil stains.

Please note that BacKrete should only be used on concrete driveways, and not asphalt driveways. The concrete cleaner works by consuming the hydrocarbons found in products such as motor oil and diesel fuel. Asphalt also contains these hydrocarbons so isn’t suited for a product like the BacKrete concrete cleaner.

Removing Oil Stains from Concrete Driveways

There are a number of quick ways to handle oil stains on the concrete driveway, some of which can be handled with items that may already have at home.

1. Use a Waterless Concrete Cleaner

Most homeowners will immediately grab for the garden hose or power washer in an attempt to clear away any motor oil stains that form on the concrete driveway. Those methods, however, aren’t likely to be the most effective nor most environmentally-friendly way of removing oil stains.

You can also remove motor oil stains on the concrete driveway by using a waterless cleaner. These products, such as the BacKrete concrete cleaner, use a process known as bio-remediation to break down and eliminate the hydrocarbon chains of the motor oil.

Please note, however, that it can take some time for these products to eliminate the oil stains. Depending on the severity of the concrete oil spill, you could be looking at anywhere between a few weeks to just over six weeks for results to show.

2. Apply Cat Litter on the Oil Stains

Have a cat at home? You may be in for some luck as cat litter is known to help absorb some of the motor oil stains. Pour a generous amount of cat litter on the spillage area then use a brick, or something else that is just as concrete, to grind down the litter granules. Leave the cat litter on the oil stains for at least twenty minutes before you clear it away.

You may need to apply a layer of cat litter multiple times before the oil stain marks start to fade away. For really old oil stains or stains that just seem hard to get rid of, it may help to combine the cat litter with a degreaser product.

3. Scrub with Dawn Dish Soap

Dawn Dish soap can work wonders for a lot of different cleaning situations outside of the kitchen. Most people who vouch for this method will recommend using the blue version of Dawn dish soap. First, mix a bit of water of Dawn dish soap then spread the mixture over the affected area. Let the mixture sit for about twenty to thirty minutes.

Once time has passed, gently scrub the affected area with a nylon brush before patting down the wet area with a paper towel.

4. Use a Pressure Washer

Pressure washers are a good long-term investment for homeowners with concrete driveways, and are necessary for removing old motor oil stains. We recommend taking a look at a pressure washer such as the Sun Joe electric pressure washer if you would like to maintain the cleanliness of the concrete driveway and pavement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some other common questions that people have when it comes to removing oil stains from concrete driveways and pavements.

Does WD 40 Remove Oil Stains from Concrete?

Yes, in some cases, WD-40 may help remove oil stains from concrete driveways. WD-40 is a water displacement spray that has the ability to penetrate and remove grease. To use WD-40, first spray a generous amount on the oil stain then let it sit for at least twenty minutes. When enough time has passed, wipe the area with an old rag.

How do you Clean Up Car Oil Spill?

The method(s) you go with will largely depend on the severity of the car oil spill. Localized car oil spills can be easily dealt with using materials like cat litter and Dawn dish soap. Large oil spills, on the other hand, may require the use of commercial pressure washers to eliminate the possibility of long-lasting stains.

How do you Remove Old Motor Oil from Concrete?

Old motor oil that has already dried up are a lot more difficult to eliminate. You may need to wet the area with some warm water and give it a gentle scrub before you apply any of the above oil stain removal solutions. Some people have also suggested scrubbing engine degreaser on the dry stain to speed up the cleaning process.