How to Remove Garage Floor Oil Stains

August 04, 2019

How to Remove Garage Floor Oil Stains

It is more than frequent than not to find oil stains on a garage floor and, in many cases they remain for long periods because of times because we neglect o address them immediately. 

Either in our garage or at the door of our house, oil stains on the floor give a dirty and messy feeling, in addition to becoming dangerous when wet. Cleaning them is not always the easiest of task as they are messy and difficult to clean up. Below we highlight some tips and tricks to cleaning up these nasty messes

 Oil Stains side by side

Situations in which the garage floor can be stained with oil 

When you find an oil stain on the garage floor, it can be due to different causes. The main one is that your car is losing this lubricant due to a leak. The most common is that these losses are due to the screw that serves to empty the crankcase is not properly tightened.

This can happen if, in the last oil change of your car, it was not been adjusted as it should. Make sure the screw has been tightened or change it if it was damaged.

One of the most common causes of oil-stained is that the level of oil is very high. That is, if in the last oil change you added more than necessary, the surplus is eliminated. You are maintaining a higher level of oil than recommended is detrimental to the engine since it will produce impurities that accumulate in the engine.

Another cause that can lead to the appearance of oil stains on the floor is that the gaskets in the cap and the oil filler cap are not in good condition or have dilated with time. To solve the problem, it will be necessary to change the boards.

If the losses are numerous and you find new spots throughout the day, it is very likely that the failure comes from one of the sleeves of your car. If you notice that the drip is constant, the fault can be found in the crankcase itself.

 Scrubbing a dirty concrete floor 

How To Clean Garage Floor Oil Stains

Before cleaning, it is necessary to distinguish if the oil stain in our garage is recent or if, on the contrary, it has been there for some time. 

Recent Oil Spots 

First of all, it is essential to differentiate if the oil stain is recent and still fresh or if, on the contrary, it is an old stain and has been entirely absorbed by the substrate, since the method varies depending on the case. If it is a stain that is still wet, we must eliminate what we can with newspaper or even throwing a bit of sand, sawdust, ash or talc, among others. We will let it apply for about an hour, to help it soak up the oil and then remove it placing everything directly into a garbage bag.

Old or Dried Spots

Subsequently, if our efforts are futile and the oil has seeped into the concrete we can use any of the products dedicated to this purpose that are on the market and follow the manufacturer's instructions. A standout amongst the best Oil Stain Removers is the procedure of bioremediation. It is an all-common eco-accommodating arrangement that is anything but easy to utilize and works incredibly well.

But, if it is not the case, we can use a degreaser, for example, the one that is commonly found in our kitchens.

In this way, we will directly apply the product on the oil stain and rub gently and leave it for a few minutes. Finally, with a cloth soaked in hot water, we will remove the remains to see the result. In those cases in which the stain has not been eliminated in its entirety, we will repeat the process until we obtain the desired result.

If all else fails and one would like to recoat the floor entirely because of oil stains or simply would like a more ascetically pleasing end result then we would HIGHLY recommend using our Oil Stop Primer with any epoxy coating. 

The Oil Stop Primer is designed for floors where oils spills, grease, petroleum, and other alike chemicals or substances have penetrated deep into the concrete contaminating it. This unique 2 part primer allows epoxy coatings to bond the floor preventing beading on stained surfaces. This product works great with any our epoxy paint coatings but better than that this product will virtually work with any epoxy product on the market.  

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 Oil Stop Primer 











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