Oil stains on your driveways is an eyesore for any home. Those ever growing oil stains make it look like an old mechanic shop in front of your house. Oil stains in either your garage, driveway or pavement can be a pain to try to remove, especially the longer the stains remain. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to share some basic steps on how to remove those oil stains from off your driveways and sidewalk pavements!
How to Clean an Oil Spill on Land
When a spill first occurs it is better to try to clean up the oil immediately. You may want to keep either cat litter or even saw dust stored in the garage. Both are great for soaking up oil. When the oil spill or leak occurs, pour the cat litter or saw dust over the spill. Allow it to soak for at least an hour. Afterwards you can use a broom to sweep up the cat litter or saw dust and remove it. After the bulk of the oil is removed you can use either liquid dish soap or baking soda to clean the oil stain. First dampen the oil spill with water. Pour a generous amount of either baking soda or dish detergent on the oil stain and let it sit. Boil a large pot of water. After the water has come to a boil, pour it over the soap, then scrub with a stiff bristle brush. Don’t use a metal bristle brush. This type of brush can damage the concrete and the bristles can get stuck causing rust on your driveway. After you have scrubbed the stain, wash it away. Repeat the steps if the stain hasn’t been removed.
Pressure Washing to Remove Old Oil Stains
Another option is pressure washing. This is good for those oil stains that have been sitting awhile. Use a medium to high pressure washer to remove the more stubborn stain. You can use a commercial detergent. However avoid using bleach as it has the tendency to damage some surfaces. First apply your commercial grade detergent to the oil stained areas. Then scrub the area with a push broom or brush. Add the detergent to the pressure washer then begin spraying. When using a pressure washer, move the nozzle at an even pace and keep the spray at the same distance at all times. This will prevent streaking. After you have sprayed the detergent, let it sit for five to ten minutes, then rinse. If you do not have access to a pressure washer, don’t feel comfortable using it or have the time to learn how; hire a professional pressure washer. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning has superior equipment and the know-how to use it safely and effectively.
Concrete Degreaser to Clean Small Oil Stains
For more aggressive cleaning, you can use chemical concrete degreaser. Before you begin, make sure you have protective clothing and eye wear on. Make sure there are no children or pets nearby before you begin cleaning. Commercial concrete degreasers have a high alkaline soap that loosens the oil deep in the concrete. Even though this is an aggressive cleaner, it is mainly used for small oil spots and doesn’t work well on stains that have been sitting for some time. However paint thinner like turpentine, works well on old stains. Each commercial grade cleaners will have its own method of use. Read the instructions of the commercial detergent you have to remove the oil stains.
Pressure Washing & Removing Oil Stains in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove & Griffin Georgia
Big Moose Pressure Cleaning knows those pesky oil stains can ruin the look and aesthetics of your home. Through our experience, we know how hard oil stains can be to remove. If you keep running into trouble, we are here to help you. Contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning today!