How to Remove Oil Stains on Driveways

oil stain on driveway

Oil stains on driveways look bad, and age your home exterior, even if the oil stains are still relatively new. Avoid oil stains on your home’s driveway, sidewalks and in your garage when possible, and try to get rid of those stains fast, before they set in.

If the oil stain has been there for a long time, like from before purchasing the home, you might need the help of a local driveway cleaning service in Aurora that can get rid of even the most set-in oil stains.

Where Do Concrete Oil Stains Come From?

Mainly, oil from automobiles is the reason for oil-stained concrete driveways. This could be oil, gasoline or transmission fluid – or a combination of fluids. Some of the typical ways your concrete gets stained are from:

  • Servicing your own car
  • Filling up the gas in a lawn mower
  • A leak that needs to be checked out by a auto mechanic

But, of course, there are a lot of other things that can create an unsightly oil spot on your concrete. So let’s review a few of the best DIY ways to remove those oil stains!

DIY Oil Stain Removal Tips

CAT LITTER FOR OIL STAINS

Cat litter is a easy first step for new oil stains where there is excess oil that has to be cleaned up.

Sprinkle cat litter all over the oil stain, getting it down into the stain by crushing it with your feet. It’s a good idea to leave the litter on the oil stain overnight so it absorbs as much as possible. Scoop it up or sweep it off of the driveway the next day and repeat if necessary.

Get rid of used litter so your pets and nearby wildlife don’t eat it and get sick.

Next you can follow up with one of the following do-it-yourself concrete cleaning methods.

COCA-COLA FOR OIL STAINS

You might have heard urban legends about accident clean-up crews using Coke to clean the roads, but, be assured, that is a myth. However, Coke does have strong cleaning properties when it comes to oily stains, in part due to its carbonated bubbles, but mostly from the phosphoric acid in the soda.

Pour a good amount of Coke on top of the oil stain, then cover it with dishwashing soap (Blue Dawn is widely considered the most effective). Scrub with a stiff brush, using circular motions.

Rinse and repeat if needed.

BAKING SODA FOR OIL STAINS

Baking soda is another common home cleaning remedy ingredient.

To get rid of an oil stain on a driveway, you’ll first need to coat the stain with baking soda and then let it sit for a while, anywhere from 20 minutes to two or three hours. This should absorb a lot of the oil and allow the baking soda to penetrate the porous surface.

Then, add blue dishwashing liquid and some water and scrub until there is a thick paste. Again, let this sit for maximum penetration, or continue to scrub in a circular motion, then rinse.

Just like with the Coke method, you might have to repeat the process.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT FOR OIL STAINS

Most homeowners already use this to eliminate tough stains on clothes. It’s actually a great option for removing tough oil stains from concrete as well!

Stir powdered laundry detergent and borax in equal parts according to the size of the oil stain. You will want to cover it completely. Let this dry mixture stay on the oil stain for an hour or more, then add some water to make a paste, scrub and rinse.

This is more of a gentle cleaning method, so it might be necessary to repeat the process one or two times. But there is a possibility it will work!

DRIVEWAY CLEANING IN Aurora

Some concrete oil stains on a driveway are too difficult for home remedies to remove. That’s when it is time to call a professional pressure washing company to thoroughly clean your home’s concrete surfaces.

We don’t recommend pressure washing your driveway on your own to save a little money. You can cause major harm that is extremely complicated to fix if you don’t know what you’re doing. The high pressure water stream can break and loosen concrete, and it can create streaks that look just as bad as the oil stains.

Calling Aurora Pressure Washing is definitely the best choice. Our technicians know the best methods to clean concrete without ruining it, including:

  • The right PSI and GPM levels to use to remove stains
  • Which nozzle tip will penetrate concrete without chipping it
  • The best distance to spray the concrete from
  • Products that can help lighten stains

Aurora Pressure Washing also follows all of the steps to clean the concrete little by little – the most effective method. Most homeowners don’t have enough patience to do it correctly. They want immediate results.

A professional pressure washing company can also offer protective sealing services for your driveway so oil stains are less likely in the future.