Tips & Tricks For Removing Stains From Your Driveway
Speed is your Friend
As with many things, driveway stains are best removed as soon as possible. This is because they can soak in deeper over time, becoming more difficult to remove and causing more damage to your drive. If the oil or other fluid is still present on the surface, pour something absorbent, such as baking soda or cat litter, to soak up the excess for a few hours. After this, remove the soda or litter and try washing the remaining stain away with detergent.
Oil and Antifreeze
These are the most common stains found on driveways, and there are many products which can be used to remove them. Apply a degreaser over the stain and leave it for a few minutes before scrubbing it away with a brush with stiff bristles. Once this is done, wash the drive with detergent and a pressure washer. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, you can try using dishwasher detergent or commercial concrete cleaner with a stiff brush, although deep stains may require several attempts.
Hot tires leave ugly, black burn marks on sealed concrete driveways because the chemicals in the tire can penetrate some sealers. These marks may only need a little degreaser and a scrub, or you might need a solvent or chemical stripper to get rid of the sealant. Once you have removed the stain you should reseal the driveway with a higher-quality product to prevent the same issue in the future.
Stains, if not caused by oil or car tyres, can sometimes be more difficult to remove. This is because they do not disintegrate well when exposed to solvents and detergents. You should still attempt to clean them with household cleaners using the above methods, but if they still persist, or you make very slow progress, you should consider hiring a professional.
Don’t hesitate to contact professional cleaning services that have access to very high-power pressure washers and scrubbers, as well as being able to use various chemicals to get up those really tough stains. Professionals will also have the knowledge and experience to be most effective at removing driveway stains, while ensuring the drive itself remains protected. Say goodbye to the stains and hello to a sparkling new driveway!