How to Clean Up Motor Oil Leaks? The Facts!

It could be a case where you are planning on doing oil change on your own at home and you’ve accidentally spilled oil across the driveway creating a mess or you may have discovered an oil leak that has pooled beneath your car’s undercarriage.

Well, at this point it doesn’t matter, the thing is that you’ve seen oil on the ground and you just want to clean it up right away before the mark becomes permanent.

How you clean the area where the oil have spilled will all depends on whether the spot is old or fresh. Not only that but you have to take into consideration if the surface is garage floor, rough concrete or the driveway is asphalt.

How to Clean Up Motor Oil Leaks?

How to Clean Up Motor Oil Leaks

Get Ready to Start the Process

At this point, you don’t need to do anything special or does it requires any special tools to get the job done. There is a high chance that you’ve already got everything that you’ll need to get started. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clay kitty litter
  • Brick
  • Bucket of water and detergent
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Broom and dustpan
  • An airtight metal coffee can
  • Garden hose

Absorb the Oil Stain

If you take a close look on the concrete you’ll notice that it has small holes or space that oil can easily get into. As you can see, because of these spaces it is relatively easy for oils to get into the concrete which also means that it pretty easy for you to get the oil out as well. At this point, you’ll use the kitty litter to absorb the motor oil out of the concrete.

  • What you’ll do is spread the kitty litter over the oil stain
  • Now it’s time to grind the kitty litter into the stain using the brick
  • If it’s a case where the spill is fresh, you should wait until the kitty litter has absorbed the oil. However, if the stain is old, you should let it sit for a few hours
  • What you can at this point is sweep up the kitty litter and store it in a metal coffee can.

By removing the ground-up kitty litter it will then show you an improved patch of concrete. The only thing you will probably notice is a slight discoloration which means that it is now time for the final step.

Use Water to Wash the Affected Area

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Now it’s time to get your bucket of water and brush the aftected area.

You can go ahead and scrub the stain area by using water and soap
You can now rinse it with your garden hose or a bucket of water
You should repeat the process until you’ve removed most or all of the surface stain