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Cleaning Ugly Oil Stains From Your Drive

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By : Markus Taylier    99 or more times read
Maybe you are looking to give your driveway or patio some much needed care and consideration!. It only takes a visitor or a previous tenant to have left a leaky motorcar on your drive for a few minutes and you will have unsightly stains all over your nice driveway.

Removing the stains can be quite tricky so here is instructions that should get rid of nearly all of the oil from your driveway.

Removing Oil Stains

Your going to need some equipment to get desirable results when your ready to get started cleaning the oil stains from your driveway.


  • A good stiff brush
  • Washing up liquid
  • Hot water
  • Container
  • Spill soil
  • Baking soda
  • Solvent (benzine or petrol)
  • Gloves

Cleaning Your Driveway

First of all its a great idea to clear your driveway of any vehicles or insecure materials prior to treating it. There is nothing worse than finishing cleaning your drive and then having to clean all the spray and muck from your car.

The above is glaring, nevertheless I thought I should acknowledge it in case anyone writes me to tell me that their car is now covered in overspray and grime. lol

Ok fill your bucket with a regular squirt of degreaser or washing up fluid, and then fill your container with very warm water. Soak the affected area with the solution and get to work with your stiff brush. Now here is a good point, if your driveway is looking generally grubby it may be reasonable to clean the whole driveway and not just the small stained area.

After you have worked in the solution you should wash it off and then add your solvent (if possible) and ensure you are wearing gloves (for all the health and safety execs reading this post). The solvent should break down the oil and make it much easier to lift off using a fitting compound like spill soil or baking soda.

Leave the solvent to do its job (an ideal time to grab a coffee) and after 30 minutes or so apply the soda or spill soil to your driveway. Sweep the soda into the paving stones, concrete or asphalt and allow it to absorb the stain, A second treatment may be needed for stains that have been allowed to bed in.

In conclusion if you have access to a power washer then give it the beans. Remember to keep safe any areas including yourself from the spray and any stones or chips that may be disturbed by the jet.

The Professional Solution

Of course its a messy business and if you don't own a power washer then you could be there all day, depending on the size of your driveway or patio. Of course a patio should not be covered with oil stains, however the stains from vegetation and moss will quickly discolour a patio.

With the right equipment, and the right know how, your driveway could be made to look almost new. It's the doorway to your front door, so forging the right impression is important. The expert will not only make your driveway or patio look excellent, with no mess, but you can seal the driveway to keep it looking that way for many years to come.
If your considering letting a professional Driveway Cleaning service come to recondition your driveway or patio then consider visiting our site. A fast free no obligation quote can save you time and deliver long lasting professional results. Patio and Driveway Cleaning Yorkshire have been serving the community for 15 years.

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