If your home has a concrete driveway you probably already know how hard it is to keep oil stains at bay. It is seemingly impossible to get those oil stains out completely, but here are some hints on products that are as effective as it gets.
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
Dawn is one of the most powerful oil emulsifying formulas on the planet. That’s the reason professionals turn to it during major oil spill cleanups. You have probably seen on TV how clean-up workers use Dawn to gently clean the oil soaked feathers of marine birds. This stuff really works. To clean your drive, I squeeze out a generous amount directly onto the oil stain and work it into the concrete with a good stiff scrub brush. Do this on an overcast day, because you don’t want it to dry. If it does the oil that has been already removed will go right back into the concrete. Let it set a few minutes. Once you’ve done that add a little more water to keep it moist then brush it in again. Let it absorb a couple of minutes and then you want to rinse it thoroughly with water to disperse and oil the dawn has absorbed. Next I like to use a pressure washer to blast it out of every crevice.
If I can still see the stain, I pour a small amount of old fashioned cat litter, the kind made from clay, onto the remaining spots. Then I grind it into the stain with the heel of my shoe. I leave this to set for about a week to let the litter fully absorb the deep down oil, then pressure wash again.
I have a friend that has had good success using the concrete cleaner Eximo. You use it much the same as I do the cat litter, but you repeat it several times over a couple of months to draw the oil out of the concrete.
Cleaning oil stains off your driveway isn’t always the most pleasant of experiences and so I have tried many methods in an attempt to get the most affective, and least time consuming methods. These are the ones I feel most confident in recommending.
If you try one of these techniques email marketing@comasmontgomery and let us know your feedback about the methods you used.