How to Get Grease Out of Concrete Floors

Concrete is a popular choice when deciding what kind of flooring surface you want in a garage or parking space. However, because these types of places often have cars, motorcycles or even lawn mowers stored on them, oil spills and grease stains appear on a regular basis.

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Concrete is a popular choice when deciding what kind of flooring surface you want in a garage or parking space.

These stains can give the surface a "dirty" look that many find unappealing. Even though the grease is gone, the proof remains by the stain it has left on the concrete. Although the word stain implies that the mark is there forever, rest assured that there are different methods you can take to restore your concrete to its original state.

Ready-Made Concrete Cleaner

The first method to rid yourself of the stain would be to go to your local hardware store and purchase some ready-made concrete cleaner. With so many varieties in the store, purchasing the right product can be very difficult. It is important to select a product that is a degreaser, as well as a regular cleaner. Some reputable degreasing products are Krud Kutter Cleaner/Degreaser Stain Remover, Simple Green Heavy Duty Cleaner, and Oil Eater Cleaner/Degreaser.

The Krud Kutter is capable of not only removing grease stains, but any other unsightly stains that you may notice appearing on your concrete. It is quick, effective and non-toxic, which is always a positive attribute.

The Simple Green Heavy Duty Cleaner boasts itself as a multipurpose cleaner, which makes it useful while cleaning other parts of your home. It removes any excess buildup while targeting any type of stain that may be on the surface while remaining cost efficient.

Oil Eater Cleaner/Degreaser is an environmentally friendly product that focuses mostly on the removal of stains. It can remove stains from many different surfaces, which can end up being useful in household cleaning.

Homemade Cleaner

If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, and you would like to remove grease from concrete, then making your own stain removal product is an option. The key to removing the stain efficiently is not letting it set too long and taking care of it when you notice it initially. The goal is to not scrub the stain away, but to lift it off of the concrete so that it is no longer there.

To clean the stain, you need three items: water, TSP or a similar product, and baby powder or some type of absorbing agent. Mix all the ingredients together until a thick paste has formed. Apply it to the area that needs cleaning, then wait. The cleaning agent in the paste should remove the stain from the concrete while the absorbing agent stores it for easy removal. The mixture is ready to be removed when the paste has dried and you can sweep it away. If the paste is difficult to remove, brush with a nylon brush to help the process along. The stain may need a second application of the mixture to be fully effective.

Grease Stain Removal

It is important to find the perfect removal product for whatever stain you are facing. Finding the perfect garage floor cleaner can completely change the way you view your garage. If you have a more closed off garage, then a non-toxic and odorless product might be the choice for you. If you are trying to pinch a penny, then a DIY option might be the way to go. Both choices should end with the similar result of removing the stain, and turning your spotted and unsightly concrete floor into the floor it was upon its first use.


Lisa Dingman

Lisa Dingman

As a full-time mom, writing allows me to follow my passion and expand my knowledge on subjects I otherwise wouldn't look into.