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How to Get Grease off a Concrete Driveway

Watch more Home Repair & DIY videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - You don't have to live with an oil-stained driveway. Get rid of the mess with these stain-busting techniques. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Act quickly Using a combination of newspaper, paper towels, and rags, blot as much oil as possible immediately after a spill to keep it from soaking into the concrete. Tip Take the oil-soaked paper and rags to a recycling center as soon as possible. Leave oil-soaked materials outside your house and garage until you can dispose of them properly. Step 2: Scrub with soap and water] Apply grease-cutting dish detergent to the stain and work it in with a nylon scrub brush. Add hot water and continue to scrub. Tip Wet the area surrounding the stain to prevent the released oil from causing a secondary stain. Step 3: Blot Blot the soapy mixture with towels. Step 4: Flush Flush the area with hot water, taking care not to burn yourself. If necessary, scrub again after the water has cooled. Step 5: Use cat litter Sprinkle cat litter on the spill to absorb any remaining oil. Use a push broom to work the litter into the stain; then let the litter sit overnight to absorb the rest of the oil. Step 6: Sweep up the litter Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan the next morning. Step 7: Repeat Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary. With a little work, your driveway will be as good as new! Step 8: Prevent a repeat Prevent future oil stains in your driveway by laying a piece of plywood or cardboard on the floor and parking your car over it. Did You Know? One gallon of oil can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water. That's good reason not to wash your oil down the drain!
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