By Jeff Douglas Submitted On November 10, 2009
Concrete flooring is porous and will soak up stains very quickly. You do not want to let any spills remain, but to remove them as quickly as possible. Leaving a spill will cause it to be much difficult to remove later.
With oil or grease spills there are several ways to soak up the excess so that it can be cleaned. Dirt is something found to be very absorbent in cleaning up oil spills. Look around in your garden or yard for dirt that is dry if you decide to use it to clean your spill. Do not use clay dirt it does not work well. Sawdust is another substance you can use as well as cat litter. Both work rather well to absorb oil spills. Do not use sand to clean oil spills it will not absorb the oil.
If you do have aged spills that have been absorbed into the concrete and now a stain there may be ways of lightening the stain so that it is not as noticeable. Baking soda can be use to absorb oily spots or residue. If needed you can make it into a paste and then scrub the area with a stiff broom or brush. You can continue to try other things until it has lightened up more. You can pour soda over the oily spot leaving it to dry up overnight. Scrub it with a stiff broom or brush and some soapy water then rinse. Powdered dish washing detergent can also be dusted over the spill and left for a short time. You will want to boil some water to pour over it and with a stiff broom or brush scrub the area.
To clean the entire area of the garage floor: Prepare a solution of 1/2 cup of all purpose cleanser and 1 cup of ammonia with 1/2 gallon of cool water. Be sure you are working in a well ventilated area when using this solution. Using a stiff broom and the solution clean the concrete floor starting at the back working forward. Rinse well with cool water.
At this stage of using home remedies and the above suggestions has still not produced the results you would like to see you may have to try a commercial remedy. Trisodium phosphate or a commercial concrete cleaner could be something you may consider. These products can be dangerous so take special care when using them. Read the instruction carefully and wear any protective gear that it recommends. There are acids you can use as well; however you may want to consult a professional for this type of cleaning.
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