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How to Remove Oil Stains From Concrete: Advice From the L. Suzio York Hill Companies April 26, 2016

Meriden, New Haven County
How to Remove Oil Stains From Concrete: Advice From the L. Suzio York Hill Companies, Meriden, Connecticut

The L. Suzio York Hill Companies has spent the last century proving to South Central Connecticut that when it comes to quality building supply materials, they’re the best in the business. They’re the area’s number one resource for ready-mix concrete products, and their expertise goes way beyond sales. They’re knowledgeable about all things concrete, and they know all the tips and tricks for proper installation and maintenance. They want to help their clients in every way they can, which is why they're here to offer this advice on how to remove oil stains from concrete.


There are several substances that are effective at removing oil stains from concrete, but before you choose which will work best for you, you must consider the environment you’ll be using it in. Mineral spirits are the most effective option, but they produce harmful fumes and are banned in some areas. A solution of one part liquid detergent to five parts water will take more treatments, but it has the benefit of being safer and more environmentally friendly.

Once you determine which solution is the best option, make a poultice by adding fly ash, hydrated lime, or some other kind of finely divided material that will make a paste. Add enough liquid to make the poultice malleable, and apply it to the surface of the stain. As it dries, the oil will be dissolved and absorbed into the poultice. Once it is fully dry, remove and discard the poultice. If you chose to use detergent, it may take several treatments to fully remove the oil stain, but it isn’t as permanent as it looks.

Care for your concrete the right way with help from The L. Suzio York Hill Companies. Call them at (203) 237-8421 for more concrete advice, or visit their website to learn more about this asphalt supply company.

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