How Do You Clean up Motor Oil Spilled in a Garage?

If the garage floor is made of concrete, acting quickly is the only way to avoid permanent oil stains on the floor. Use a cleanup compound or paper towels to soak up as much of the oil as possible. Cat litter made from wood chips, newspaper or other organic material can also be used in a pinch.

  1. Use a cleaning compound
  2. There are a number of different cleaning compounds available at auto parts stores throughout the country. Choose one and follow the directions on the package for best results.

  3. Emulsify the stain
  4. Once a majority of the surface oil has been removed, use soap and water to emulsify the stain.

  5. Finish with a solvent
  6. After emulsifying the stain, follow up with a hydrocarbon-based solvent such as paint thinner or kerosene.

Concrete can absorb oil up to 1/4-inch, so the faster the oil is removed, the less staining will occur.