How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway: A Step-by-Step Guide
Oil stains on your driveway can be unsightly and frustrating, but with the right approach, and acting quickly you can successfully remove them and restore the pristine appearance of your driveway. In this guide, we will walk you through a step-by-step process to effectively eliminate those stubborn oil stains. Remember, the sooner you address the stain, the easier it will be to remove it. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Act quickly Time is of the essence when it comes to oil stains. As soon as you notice a spill, take immediate action to prevent it from penetrating deeper into the concrete or asphalt. The longer the stain sits, the more challenging it becomes to remove.
Step 2: Absorb excess oil Begin by absorbing any excess oil on the surface of the driveway. Spread cat litter, baking soda, or sawdust over the stain, and let it sit until the oil has been absorbed. These absorbent materials will soak up the oil, making it easier to clean.
Step 3: Sweep or vacuum Once the absorbent material has had time to work, sweep or vacuum it up carefully. Dispose of it properly in accordance with local regulations.
Step 4: Applying a cleaning solution, we recommend an engine degreaser that can be purchase in any automotive department or a commercial grade oil degreaser. Spray degreaser heavily on oil spot to break down oil stain, scubb with a hard bristle brush to help lift oil, and then cover oil stain with kitty litter to help lift the stain from concrete. Let kitty litter sit on stain for fifteen to twenty minutes. Walk on kitty litter to help absorb oil stain. Remove kitty litter from stain. Rinse driveway or concrete clean.
Hopefully this works. Oil stains are very difficult to remove, and if left on concrete or blacktop for extended periods it is almost impossible to remove completely.
Links to excellent degreaser's
Here is a link to an excellent commercial grade degreaser that can be purchased by an non commercial pressure washing company. Dynamite Degreaser by Southeast Southwash.
Here is a link for an engine degreaser if you choose this method for a quick response. SuperTech Engine Degreaser. This can be purchased at Walmart.