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How To Clean And Remove Oil Stains From Concrete

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We're used to seeing unattractive oil stains in parking lots across America. But when it comes to your own driveway or garage, ordinary spots become eyesores. Clean up oil spills before they soak deeper into the surface with our simple tips. There's no need for professional materials or tools -- just some common items you can find around the house. Ready to remove those greasy stains? Read our tips first.

Scrubbing the oil out will only make the stain bigger. But like any other slick situation, the secret lies in absorbing the spill. For small stains, just sprinkle a layer of baby or talcum powder over the oil. Or, use cat litter for larger stains. Use a push broom to spread the powder or litter evenly over the stain. 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. Then, rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.

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