How to Remove Oil Stains From Your Driveway
Is your once pristine concrete driveway now spotted with oil stains? Want to know how to remove oil stains from your driveway?
Fortunately, we can help! The following tips can help your driveway look new again in no time at all.
Kitty Litter Method
The kitty litter method is a tried-and-trusted way of removing oil stains from concrete. Here’s how it works:
- Purchase the least expensive brand of super-absorbent kitty litter you can find. Don’t buy the clumping type, it will not be as effective as the cheaper brands for this task.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of kitty litter (completely cover the stain) on the oil stain, then wait.
- Give the kitty litter plenty of time to absorb every bit of oil. A small, new oil stain will need about 15 minutes to be absorbed. A large, old stain may need to be left alone overnight so the kitty litter can do its work.
- After the kitty litter has been on the stain for an amount of time you deem sufficient, put on an old pair of hard-sole shoes and grind the litter into the oil stain by stepping on it repeatedly.
- Really work the litter into the concrete. This will crunch the kitty litter into tiny particles and force it into all the nooks and crannies where the oil was absorbed. Sweep up and discard all of the litter.
- Apply a concentrated form of liquid detergent to the spot and scrub into the concrete with a stiff brush. Scrub detergent in using a circular motion and with a heavy hand right where the stain was located.
- Use a lighter hand to scrub the concrete around the location of the stain. This will help blend the color of the concrete and make the location of the oil stain seem less noticeable once it has been removed.
- Rinse with water from the water hose set at full blast.
- Once all the detergent has been rinsed away, inspect the stain location.
- If the oil stain is still visible, repeat the scrubbing process.
A good chemical stain remover can remove oil stains from your driveway. You can get over-the-counter products like “Krud Krutter” pretty cheaply.
Here’s how to get rid of that oil stain:
- Start with a clean, dry surface.
- Sweep away all dirt and debris, then apply the chemical product as directed bythe manufacturer.
- Let the cleaner settle on the stain for the recommended amount of time and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for rinsing and product removal.
- If any trace of the oil stain remains, repeat the cleaning process again.
Oil Eater Cleaner
It may sound like something taken from a SyFy movies, but oil-eating microbes can and will remove oil stains from your driveway. A product that has got great reviews for this is Oil Eater. Here’s how you can use it to remove stubborn oil stains:
- Wet the stain with clean water, then mix one part Oil Eater with three parts water.
- Place mixture into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray stained area, then brush with a stiff-bristle brush or broom. The brushing action will activate the microbes and get them started eating away at the oil below the concrete surface.
- Observe he area carefully so you can determine what the next cleaning step will be.
- The microbes will do their work below the concrete surface, then froth up above the surface. the color of the froth will tell you what to do next. If the froth color has a brown tint to it, that means some of the oil has been captured and pulled up by the microbes.
- The brownish colored froth must be rinsed into a receptacle and properly disposed of, then another application of Oil Eater needs to be applied and brushed in so the microbes can finish the oil removing job.
- If the froth is white, do not rinse with water. Allow the spot to air dry.
- If any of the oil stain remains visible, repeat the microbial removal process again in seven days.Stubborn, deep-set oil stains in concrete may require 2-4 treatments before completely disappearing, asphalt may require up to 10 treatments before the oil stain is no longer visible.
If removing the oil stain left you with a white patch in your driveway which is almost as unsightly as the former oil stain, a little follow up cleaning may be needed. Cleaning the entire driveway with a pressure washer will lighten the color of all the concrete and blend the colors together so the former oil-stained area won’t be as visible.
Clean any subsequent oil drips as soon as possible with an application of kitty litter to prevent them from becoming unsightly stains on the driveway.