Remove Oil Stains from the Driveway
It would be difficult to name the hundreds of times my stepfather said something about an accidental oil stain my car got on the driveway. He was never mean about, it but he would never let it go either. He tried so many different techniques to clean the oil stain and bought some pretty heavy duty stain removers to get rid of the stain, but none it worked. Finally he used one of the methods below, the WD-40 method, to get the stain off the driveway and since then he hasn’t brought it up.
All the stain removing methods below work best on a fresh oil spill that has been mopped up as best it could with a rag. If the stain has been there for a long time, meaning it is set into the driveway, these methods might still work, although you might have to try multiple times.
Kitty Litter Remedy for Oil Stains
Another way to get rid of the oil stain is with kitty litter. After removing the excess oil, pour kitty litter on the stain and stomp on it so it really gets into those cracks. Leave it sit overnight and then wash it away the next morning to reveal a stainless driveway.
Dawn Dish Detergent to Remove Oil Stains
Believe it or not, Dawn dish detergent is great for removing oil stains. Simply spray the detergent on the stain along with some water. Next, scrub the stain with a scrub brush and watch the stain come right out. Last, rinse away the excess soap and dirt from the driveway with a hose.
WD-40 Spray For Oil Stains
WD-40 is the easiest method of these. Just spray it on the stain, allow it to soak in for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Soda Removes Oil Stains from Driveway
Can you believe a can of soda removes oil stains from the driveway? All you need to do is pour a can of soda on the stain, leave it overnight and spray it off in the morning. It is as simple as that.
Oven Cleaner Oil Stain Remover
Another great product for removing an oil stain in the driveway is oven cleaner. Spray a liberal amount of the cleaner on the stain, brush with a stiff brush and then allow the spray to soak into the stain before rinsing it off 15 minutes later. The higher the pressure of the hose, the easier the stain will disappear.
Baking Soda Removes Oil Stains
The baking soda works by dissolving the oil stain right from the driveway. Liberally shake some baking soda on the stain and then scrub with a brush. When the stain has lightened in color, let the baking soda sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with a hose.
Laundry Detergent Removes Oil Stains
The laundry detergent works the same way as the Dawn dish detergent. Apply it to the stain with some water, scrub with a scrub brush and allow the detergent to sit on the stain for about an hour before spraying off with the hose.
Simple Green Removes Oil Stains
Another way to remove oil stains is with Simple Green. All it takes is a few squirts, some time to sit and soak in and then rinse it off.
Tri-Sodium Phosphate Method of Stain Removal
Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) works wonders when removing oil stains. Although this is harsh chemical, it is great for removing stains. Simply mix it with some water to make a paste, scrub the paste onto the stain with a brush and allow it to soak in for 30 minutes before hosing it off.
Note: Read the instructions when handling TSP, and this should be your last resort.
Let us know which of these worked best for your oil stain. They should all do a great job for recent oil spills but if they work on old stains, let us know.