How To Fix Oil Stains On Your Driveway
Oil stains on your driveway can be frustrating. Fortunately, they’re also easy to remove. Concrete driveways demand maintenance. From a good concrete ice melt to regular cleaning- you need to do it all. If you have a driveway or garage floor that’s stained with motor oil, here’s how to fix it.
First, Tips To Take Care Of Your Driveway In The Future:
- Clean your concrete driveway monthly during the summer or at least twice a year.
- Use a chemical-free concrete ice melt. Safe Thaw is a urea-based deicer that works gently on your concrete and driveways without harming them. It is free from any toxic chemicals and is safe for all surfaces.
Wipe Up As Much Of The Oil Spill As Possible.
Once you have determined the source of the spill, it’s time to clean up. If the oil is in a small area, you may be able to clean it up with paper towels. If it spilled on a larger surface such as a parking lot, you will need more equipment. The first step is to sweep off what you can and then use a wet/dry shop vacuum to suck up any remaining residue. Finally, use another broom or leaf blower if necessary to finish cleaning up any residual dust and debris.
Sprinkle Clay Or Kitty Litter On The Stain And Allow It To Soak Up Excess Oil Overnight.
Use a non-clumping variety of cat litter, clay litter, sand, wood ash, or sawdust. Use enough to cover the stain and let it absorb overnight.
Sweep Up The Kitty Litter.
Sweep up the kitty litter. As soon as you notice that oil has spilled, it’s important to get on top of it and clean it up as quickly as possible. Use a broom and dustpan to sweep up the kitty litter so that there’s no mess left behind for future passersby (and for your own peace of mind).
Mix A Tablespoon Of Grease-Cutting Dish Soap With Two Cups Of Warm Water And Pour It Over The Stain.
- Mix a tablespoon of grease-cutting dish soap with two cups of warm water and pour it over the stain.
- Use a brush to scrub the area until it’s gone, then rinse off the soapy residue with water from your hose.
Once you’ve finished removing the stain, rinse the area thoroughly with fresh water. Use a garden hose or pressure washer if you have one available. If not, use a power washer with an adjustable nozzle to ensure you are not damaging your driveway or sidewalk by overspray and running water.
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These steps should take care of most oil stains on your driveway. For stubborn stains, you can repeat the process or try a concrete cleaner from your local hardware store. If nothing works, you may have to call in a professional. But don’t forget to maintain your driveway, clean it regularly and keep the snow away with the help of a good concrete ice melter.
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