How to Remove Oil Stains From Your Driveway

How to Remove Oil Stains from 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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B004UMLZXA” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″]super-absorbent kitty litter[/easyazon_link] 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.

Chemical Removal

A good chemical stain remover can remove oil stains from your driveway. You can get over-the-counter products like “[easyazon_link identifier=”B005FMZ40Y” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″]Krud Krutter[/easyazon_link]” 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.

Alternatively, you can DIY your own solution using powdered laundry detergent and water. If any stain remains after scrubbing, you can try[easyazon_link identifier=”B00BFIRBTY” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″]Esp Granilozorb[/easyazon_link] or a [easyazon_link identifier=”B005OQUGZ4″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″]cheap, clay-based kitty litter[/easyazon_link].

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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B000EALHHG” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″]Oil Eater[/easyazon_link]. 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.

Follow-Up Cleaning

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.

What are the different types of axes?

types of axes

There are many different types of axes, making it hard to know the exact one you need. Whether you heat your home totally with wood or just need a few split logs for a fireplace, firepit or campfire, you’re going to need the proper axe.

Read through these descriptions to help you select the right kind of axe for the cutting jobs you need to do.


Felling Axe

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If you can only have one axe, this is it! The long, 30+ inch handle, thin sharp blade and mid-weight head make this axe perfect for chopping down trees and cutting off tree limbs.

This axe, also called a single bit, is also good for splitting firewood and can be used for any other type of wood cutting job you have.

 

Hudson Bay Axe

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The Hudson Bay axe is the best kind of axe for chopping firewood. This axe is shorter and lighter than a felling axe and will help you turn a felled tree into a pile of ready-to-burn firewood and kindling in record time.

Splitting Axe / Splitting Maul

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Camping Axe

A camping axe is smaller, lightweight and easy to carry with you while on a camping trip.

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With one sharp side on the axe head, the other side acts as a hammer to help drive in tent stakes and other hammering needs you may encounter around the campsite.

Double Bit Axe

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A double bit axe is sharp on both sides. This allows it to cut going and coming. Not the kind of axe for beginners, but one that will enable a pro to cut twice as much wood between blade sharpenings.

 

Broad Axe

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Carpenter’s Axe

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About the size of a camping axe, this axe can be used to fell small trees and split small logs, but its real use lies in the finger notch located on the neck of the handle. By placing your hand at the neck base of a carpenter’s axe, you’ll be able to make precision cuts and incisions into wood like those made with a power handsaw.

 

Shingling Axe

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A shingling Axe is used to install wood shingles (chop them if desired too). This kind of axe is small, easy to handle and typically has a nail slot, draw knife and measuring tool built-in.

 

Forest Axe

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Handles

All axe handles traditionally used to be made from one piece of hickory wood, many still are today because of the strength of hickory wood. There are other choices for handle material today, including plastic and metal. Some handles are covered with cushioned, non-slip grips. There is no one right or wrong handle style of material, just the one that feels best in your hand.

As a rule of thumb to use when selecting hand length, regardless of handle material, is if the handle is longer than your arm, it’s best used for splitting wood. If the axe handle is shorter than your arm, it’s best used for cutting wood.