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To remove car oil stains on your driveway or on the floor of your garage, spray foam oven cleaner, leave on for about 10 minutes, then wash with warm water and brush the stain away.

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By Eileen Hays from Yorktown, VA

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October 4, 2014

A large bottle of extra virgin olive oil broke and leaked onto the concrete floor of the garage. It dried up as we were away for almost three months. Now the stain looks like a dark stain. Any ideas how to get rid of this so people don't think there is a leak in concrete floor of garage! Many thanks.

By Parker Knox

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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

Go to a commercial cleaning place. There is an absorbent made for concrete. You sprinkle it on and it soaks up. Make sure you get the one for grease and oil, not the water soluble one. Some auto garages use it as well.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

I would try sprinkling baking soda or cornstarch to see how much gets absorbed

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I have a serious question related to this topic: at what point would you consider buying professional cleaning products vs. homemade solutions for an oil spill in your driveway? I ask because a friend of mine insists that he'd rather buy SpillFix and other products I've never heard of instead of trying to use kitty litter and other homemade cleaning solutions. But then he actually works in his garage a lot. I don't. Do you guys have any thoughts about this?

By davids_benny

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June 9, 20140 found this helpful

I would use kitty litter. I possibly would use a professional cleaner if I were trying to sell the house or going to apply a paint or treatment to the concrete. But, I have used kitty litter for years and it has always worked for us. And, it is safer for the environment as long as it is disposed of properly.

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June 18, 20140 found this helpful

Kitty litter is only good for cleaning one thing: kitty messes. It's not designed to absorb anything else and will end up doing more harm once disposed because of this. Go for the professional items like SpillFix and MOP and look for environmentally and worker friendly ones that won't hurt the environment or your lungs when they're being used - they're worth it and are great to have on stand-by in case things like this happen. Even if you personally don't have a problem again you know a neighbor will - cars and gas run lawnmowers are fickle things!

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What can I use on my driveway for removing oil and tire marks?

By Vicki from TX

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May 8, 20090 found this helpful

To remove oil from concrete driveways:
answers.yahoo.com/.../index?qid=1006011901037

To remove oil from blacktop driveways:
answers.yahoo.com/.../index?qid=20080830072603AAGWQZH

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May 15, 20090 found this helpful

You could pressure wash your whole driveway. It does an excellent job, & wouldn't have lighter patches from spot cleaning.

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