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How To Remove Oil Stains From Your Driveway

Oil stains are one of the most common problems encountered in maintaining a driveway. Since the driveway is the main passageway for vehicles into our homes, it is very susceptible to difficult-to-clean oil leaks. Even the most frequently cleaned driveway will look untidy and unappealing with a huge, dark blot of oil on its center. It can be a real nuisance, since it is exposed to the light of the sun, thus making it very visible even to passers-by. The main predicament it poses is that it cannot be removed by mere water alone, since the spillage is oil and also since most driveways are made of porous concrete.

Despite all these, there is no need to fret. There are various possibilities on how to remove oil stains from driveway that are really easy to do and can be executed by an ordinary do-it-yourself enthusiast. Most of these methods utilize regular household items that are readily available in your own home, so there is no need to hire professionals and buy fancy chemicals to get the job done.

One of the most common substances used to remove oil from driveway is regular cola. Yes, your favorite carbonated drink can be used to clean this eyesore from your driveway. Just pour cola on the oil-stained areas and leave it overnight on the floor so that the substance can react with the oil stain. The morning after, make a good lather in a bucket using dishwashing liquid and water. Use this soapy water to rinse the stained area where the cola was poured. Rinse some more using a garden hose to fully clean the area.

Another method you can employ to remove stains from driveway is through the use of kitty litter. You may not be aware of it, but kitty litter is a good absorbent of grease and oil. This is because this substance contains an absorbent clay and deodorizer. To do this procedure with kitty litter pour the absorbant right out of the bag onto the oil stain. Use an old broom to push the kitty litter firmly onto the oil-stained ground for better absorption. Also use the broom to move the kitty litter in small circular motions or in back and forth motions so that the dry parts can soak up the remaining oil.

Once done, use a shovel to place the oil-soaked kitty litter inside a garbage bag. Make sure to tie it tight to prevent the kitty litter from spilling. After cleaning up the kitty litter, sprinkle some laundry detergent powder onto the stained floor. To further rid the surface of the oil blot, use a damp stiff-bristled cleaning brush and make small, circular strokes for more efficient cleaning. As a final step, use a garden hose to rinse the area with water.

Aside from these, there are a lot of other ways to remove oil stains from driveway. You can use other absorbent substance such as baking soda, cornmeal or sawdust to remove the pesky oil spot. If the stain is dry, dampen it first using a scouring paste to make cleaning easier. Scrub the oil stain using a stiff brush or push broom, and then rinse with water to completely remove the dirty portion.

Another common and easy method is through the use of a grease-cutting detergent such as Dawn. Sprinkle the detergent on the oily concrete and let it stay there for a few minutes. Next, pour boiling water on the stained area to further loosen up the oil. Once done, scrub the blot using a stiff brush or a push broom. Do not forget to rinse the area using a garden hose after doing this procedure.

You might also want to try commercially sold concrete cleaners such as those manufactured by Red Devil Co. to get the job done. You may also opt for grease solvents such as Benzine to clean the oil stains. Just always make sure to read the instructions on the packaging of these chemicals to be able to accomplish your task efficiently and safely. You can also use trisodium phosphate as a substance to rid your driveway of these stains. Take note that this substance involves some danger to handle, so wear rubber or latex gloves, safety googles and other protective clothing when using it.

For really hard-to-remove oil stains, you can use muriatic acid and pressure washer as a last resort. Follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying the acid onto the stained area, and let it soak for several seconds. After this, use a pressure washer set at 2,500 to 3,000 lbs. per square inch. Also use caution when using muriatic acid because it is a highly corrosive substance.

These are several options on how to remove oil stains from driveway. Choose which one you will employ based on the materials you have, and the intensity of the oil stain. The best way, however, to remove these irritating spots from your driveway is to prevent them from happening in the first place. It helps to do some maintenance work on your vehicle such as making sure your coolant system is not leaking, your transmission and engine are clean, and your rear end is free of drips. When changing oil, also be sure to have a drip pan than is large enough to accommodate every drop and prevent spillage. We all want a tidy and appealing driveway, and you can definitely achieve it now with an idea on how to remove oil from driveway.

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