Everyone knows how irritating it can be to get an oil or grease stain in the carpet or on your clothes. Just as annoying as that is getting one of those ugly oil stains on the concrete of your driveway from your car. At Westside Maids, one of our areas of expertise is removing oil stains. Whether acquired from cooking, eating, or doing car maintenance, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips on removing oil stains from your clothes, home, or driveway. It is important to remember that the longer the stain sits, the tougher it is to remove; the key to all of these tips is to treat the stain as quickly as possible!Removing Oil Stains from Fabric:
1) Cornstarch and Dish Soap: Liberally sprinkle cornstarch over the stain and let that soak in for at least 30 minutes, but preferably 60 minutes. After it has soaked in, rub dish soap into the stain—it is recommended you use a nail brush or another tough object to allow the dish soap to get into the fibers. After it has been scrubbed well, wash the fabric according to the label directions and let air dry.
2) Shampoo: Using shampoo is logical as shampoo is used to get grease and oil out of your hair. It is recommended to use shampoo meant to treat very greasy hair, though most shampoos will do. Rub it into the stain like a pre-treatment and then wash the fabric as directed.
3) Coca-Cola: If you pour Coke over the stain and let it soak in for 45-75 minutes and then throw the fabric in the wash and let air dry, the stain should be destroyed. Coke has caramel food coloring in it, which helps with stain removal by causing its own stain, however Coca-Cola doesn’t have a high enough concentration of the coloring to make a stain of its own—it just removes the oil!
Removing Oil Stains from Concrete:
1) Kitty Litter: It is recommended to use this as soon as possible after the stain has happened. Because kitty litter is so highly absorbent, sprinkling a liberal amount of it over the stain and let the kitty litter sit. For tough stains, it is ideal to crush the litter up and get as much absorbency as possible, so if the stain is large, put on some old shoes and stomp on the litter. The size of the stain will determine how long the litter should sit; if the stain is not very big, 30 minutes should be fine, though it if is a large stain, sometimes it is recommended to leave the litter on for a few hours. After the litter has soaked, use a concentrated detergent and a stiff brush to scrub the litter and stain away.
2) Commercial Stain Remover: There is a lot of different commercial stain removers located at your local hardware or home goods store. Before you pour the stain remover down on the concrete, be sure to sweep any dirt and debris from the area. After you’ve swept the area, check the manufacturer’s instructions for how to use the specific brand of cleaner you’ve bought, and this should help get rid of tougher, lasting stains, as well as newer ones.
3) WD-40: WD-40 has hundreds of different uses, and one of them is stain removal. This process works on both concrete and fabric, so if you don’t have any of the above mentioned products, you can use WD-40 for treating oil stains in and out of the house. All you have to do is spray the WD-40 onto the stained area, and let it soak for 30-40 minutes. Afterward, either scrub the area with a stiff brush and some concentrated detergent for on the concrete, or apply some dish soap and through it in the washing machine for fabric stains.
If you have stains that you need to get removed but you simply just don’t have the time to deal with it, contact Westside Maids today at (281) 855-9212 or visit us online today!