How To Remove Oil Stains From A Driveway

Project Overview

Finding it impossible to remove the oil stains left by your car on your driveway? If so, it's time to remove those stains with the simple methods below.

Safety

It is recommended that personal protective clothing be worn, including coveralls, impervious gloves and goggles.
Refer to product instructions prior to use.

Materials

Gloves
Engine degreasers (optional)
Driveway Degreaser
Detergent

Tools

Steel brush
Hose
Bucket

Step by Step Instructions

1 Small stains
2 Large stains
3 Application
4 Hints and tips
  • Step 1. Small stains

    There is a reasonable chance of removing small relatively new oil stains with hot water, detergent and a steel brush. Simply apply the detergent and scrub with a steel brush, clean with water then repeat if necessary.

  • Step 2. Large stains

    For stubborn existing oil stains, we recommend purchasing a degreaser (Fig 1). There are powerful, concentrated, ready to use, fast acting surfactant based cleaners that remove ingrained dirt, grease and oil deposits and most automotive fluids without damaging the surface.

  • Step 3. Application

    All degreasers will have application instructions for you to follow. Be sure to wear the correct protection wear.

    1. Apply a recommended amount of driveway degreaser to the affected area.
    2. Leave for 1 - 3 minutes.
    3. Work vigorously with a stiff or steel brush (Fig 2).
    4. Leave for 5-10 minutes.
    5. Wash away with water.
    6. If the stain remains, repeat the application.
  • Step 4. Hints and tips

    • For heavily soiled areas leave the driveway degreaser on the area a little longer before washing but do not allow product to dry out.
    • For lighter duty cleaning, dilute product up to 5 parts water. Any oil spot that has penetrated the substrate may re-surface within 24 hours following cleaning, if so, repeat the process.
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