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Old 08-26-18, 06:16 PM
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Cleaning grease / oil off concrete garage floor

16 years of sporadic bike maintenance have left small drips of grease and oil on the concrete garage floor. There's a chance for me to wash out the entire garage this fall when the temps are just right outside. Is there anything that I can use, to remove the oil? It gets on my feet and socks if I walk in there.
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Old 08-26-18, 06:38 PM
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Don't laugh but I use Kitty Litter. I heard that it is good for oil on concrete floors so I went to Walmart and got the cheapest bag they had. I spread it over the biggest offenders and let it set for about a half hour then brushed it back and forth with a broom and let it sit for another half hour. It worked great. The oil spots were dry and their was a dusty area left where each spot was. The kitty litter has clay powder in it, dust from the powder remains and easily swept up or vacuumed up. My car has an oil drip and I tried the same treatment to the oil spot and same result. I'm not a chemist but I think the Kitty Liter leaches the oil out of the concrete. It works anyway. For a bonus you can re-use it. It takes quite a few uses for it to become saturated to where it is unusable. I use an empty 5 gal plastic bucket and pour the litter in it after using it. Give it a try..............

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Old 08-26-18, 07:04 PM
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Straight coke will also do the trick.
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Old 08-26-18, 07:09 PM
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A liberal amount of laundry detergent, water & scrub brush works wonders.
It's what we used in every gas station I've ever worked at.
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Old 08-26-18, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
A liberal amount of laundry detergent, water & scrub brush works wonders.
It's what we used in every gas station I've ever worked at.
This. Apply the dry powder directly to the spots on the floor. Add a little water and scrub it with a stiff brush or broom.Hose it off well and you're done!
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Old 08-26-18, 10:28 PM
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Another vote for laundry detergent powder. I’ve used this over the years to remove oil stains from my driveway. The method I use is to create an emulsion paste by sprinkling the detergent over the oil stain, adding a small amount of water and then scrubbing it into a thick paste over the oil stain using a stiff brush.

Leave it overnight and then rinse off thoroughly the next day.
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kitty litter is absorbent.
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Old 08-26-18, 10:49 PM
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Kitty litter (or Oil-Dri) is for fresh spills-- for oil spots, powdered detergent or spray oven cleaner (like Easy-Off.) They work equally well. As these are in the garage and probably smaller, I'd lean toward the Easy-Off.
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There are a plethora of effective commercial products available for this task, as a quick search on "concrete floor cleaner" will show. I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Zep line of products, and at $11/gallon why screw around with homebrew solutions? https://www.homedepot.com/p/ZEP-128-...N128/100619236
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Old 08-27-18, 06:42 AM
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Go to a auto store and get a jug of Super Clean. It really gets rid of grease.
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
There are a plethora of effective commercial products available for this task, as a quick search on "concrete floor cleaner" will show. I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Zep line of products, and at $11/gallon why screw around with homebrew solutions? https://www.homedepot.com/p/ZEP-128-...N128/100619236
Safety Kleen used to offer a dry powder floor cleaner which was very effective, but I don't see it in their current product lineup.
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
16 years of sporadic bike maintenance have left small drips of grease and oil on the concrete garage floor. There's a chance for me to wash out the entire garage this fall when the temps are just right outside. Is there anything that I can use, to remove the oil? It gets on my feet and socks if I walk in there.
home depot has a product in the building materials dept near the driveway sealer stuff. & remember if you don't like how clean it got, or didn't get, you can always paint the concrete. see the paint dept.

1 Qt. Powerwash Driveway Cleaner and Degreaser

fyi I love old moving boxes to cover floors

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Old 08-27-18, 09:03 AM
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Consider them proof that you work on your bike. Then go for a ride.
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Old 08-27-18, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
.....you can always paint the concrete. .....
AQUAPON® WB Interior Floor Coating

Aquapon is really good paint for interior concrete; and after it is properly cured, and oil or other stuff you drop on it, will wipe right up.
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Old 08-27-18, 02:07 PM
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Plain clay cat litter, stepped on and rubbed in with old throwaway shoes and swept up -- repeat until it fails to pick up any more oil/grease. Then a saturated solution of TSP dissolved into really hot/boiling water and brushed/broomed i, and let set overnight. Then hose off.
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My dad used to bring the over-flow bottle of ammonia from the blue print machine at his work home. Works like a champ but make sure there's LOTS of ventilation.
I work in a machine shop and we use full-strength Simple Green on our floors.
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Old 09-03-18, 02:42 PM
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Brake cleaner or degreaser. Depends if you want it to emulsify and wash away or be toweled up.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Go to a auto store and get a jug of Super Clean. It really gets rid of grease.
Super Clean is my go to degreaser. As a bonus it will take grease completely off your hands.
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