If you have had a vehicle that has leaked oil on your driveway, you aren’t alone. This is one of the most common stains that can be found on a driveway. That doesn’t make it any less unsightly though. Most homeowners want to get rid of oil and grease stains that make their way on the surface of their driveway. There are several different methods that can be used to get rid of these stains. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning is here to share some of the best ways to remove any oil or grease stains from a driveway.
What Oils Can Stain a Driveway?
There are several different liquids that have oils in them and can cause staining to your driveway. Following are some of the most common culprits.
– Motor Oil: You more than likely have one or more vehicle that is often driving or parked on your driveway. If it is leaking oil, it can cause staining. Other things like a lawnmowers and weed trimmers can also spring an oil leak that leaves stains as well.
– Gasoline: If there is gasoline that has spilled on your driveway, it can leave stains as well. It more than likely won’t be as dark as motor oil, but the stain will be similar.
– Transmission Fluid: If your transmission fluid is leaking, it will have a red appearance. These stains are less common than the two listed above.
– Hydraulic Fluid: Whether it is power steering fluid, brake fluid or another type of hydraulic fluid that is leaking onto your driveway, it will also cause staining.
– Food or Kitchen Grease: This is more common in commercial areas, but food and kitchen grease can cause staining on concrete if it is spilled as well.
How Do You Get Rid of an Oil Stain Fast?
Concrete is an extremely porous surface. If you leave any oil spill on concrete for too long, it will seep deeper and deeper into the concrete surface. This will make it more difficult to remove the stain. This is why it is so important to clean up any oil spills as soon as you notice that they are there. There are several ways that you can attempt to get rid of an oil stain on your own. Following are our best DIY home remedy tips.
– Kitty Litter: Sprinkle generously on the stain, rub it into the surface, and let it sit for 30-60 minutes before cleaning up.
– Sand: Spread on the stain and let sit for up to 15 minutes before removing.
– Baking Soda: Sprinkle of the stain and let sit until it looks saturated before sweeping away.
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If you have tried these methods to remove oil stains from your concrete and nothing seems to be working, you can turn to Big Moose Pressure Cleaning to come and remove your stains for good. We can remove even the toughest oil and grease stains from your driveway. Call us today!