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How To Clear Different Types Of Stains From Your Concrete Driveway


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If you’ve got a concrete driveway, chances are it’s the envy of your neighborhood. It’s durable, low-maintenance, and looks great. But how do you keep that beautiful concrete from becoming stained?

Oil Stains

Oil stains can be removed by using a degreaser, pressure washer, or concrete stain remover.

When using soap and water to clean up spills, make sure you use a mild cleaning solution made for concrete. If the area is large enough, use a pump sprayer or garden hose with a trigger nozzle to apply it in an even layer on the oil stain. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing away with an absorbent cloth or sponge. If you need more help removing tough stains, apply some liquid dish detergent to the area then cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight to soften any remaining residue before scrubbing again in the morning.

If you’re looking for something stronger than plain old soap and water but still safe for your driveway’s surface (and yourself), try using a degreaser instead! Apply it directly over your driveway where there are excessive amounts of oil stains; wait five minutes before scrubbing away with an old towel until all traces have been removed.

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Ice Melt Stained Concrete

If your driveway is covered with white or light gray stains, then it is most probably an ice melt stained concrete caused by rock salt to de-ice and melt snow on your driveway. They can also be caused by other types of deicing agents and chemicals like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. These ice melts can also ruin concrete by cracking and breaking it.

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Rust Stains

You can clean rust stains with soap and water. Use a diluted bleach solution to remove rust stains. Pressure wash the area if you have a pressure washer available. Use a rust remover if you cannot remove the stain by cleaning it with soap and water or using a bleach solution.

Fertilizer Stains

Fertilizer stains are usually caused by overwatering or applying too much fertilizer to your lawn. Over-watering will cause water to seep into the concrete, and once it evaporates, it leaves behind a green or brown stain in its place. To remove these types of fertilizer stains, you will want to use a high-quality concrete cleaner. It will help remove any excess dirt from the surface as well as remove any contaminants that may be present in your driveway.

Be Vigilant With Spills

You may be able to prevent stains by being vigilant about spills. If you see a spill, clean it up immediately before it has time to set in. Use commercial cleaners and pressure washers for tough spots.

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While concrete is a sturdy material, it can still be vulnerable to stains. The most effective way to prevent these stains is by being vigilant about spills and taking action at the earliest after a spill occurs. If you notice any stains on your concrete driveway, use a pressure washer to remove them before they become permanent.

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