Please note that you are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer which is not compatible with some elements of the site. We strongly urge you to update to a newer version for optimal browsing experience.

Tips and tricks for removing oil stains from your driveway

25 Oct 2016

No matter how hard you try, avoiding driveway oil spills is nearly impossible. If you have an unsightly oil stain on your paved driveway, start by soaking up any excess oil and move on to using an agent that will help lift the stain. 

Start off by soaking up any excess oil, then completely cover the stain in kitty litter. To help absorb the grease, stomp on the kitty litter and leave it over night to do its work.

Depending on how deeply set the grease stain is, you might have to repeat the process a few times to completely remove the stain. Here’s how… 

Kitty litter

Start off by soaking up any excess oil, then completely cover the stain in kitty litter. To help absorb the grease, stomp on the kitty litter and leave it over night to do its work.

Remove the kitty litter in the morning, and toss it out. Kitty litter works well on newly formed oil stains.

Baking soda 

If you’ve recently spilled oil onto your driveway, baking soda is the go-to remedy for this. In such a situation, the baking soda will absorb the excess oil. 

Sprinkle a lavish amount of baking soda over the greasy patch of driveway, and dampen it a bit. 

Using a circular motion and a brush with stiff bristles, clean the stain by rubbing in the baking soda, and then wash away the baking soda with clean water.

Using a circular motion and a brush with stiff bristles, clean the stain by rubbing in the baking soda, and then wash away the baking soda with clean water. 

Depending on how deep the stain has penetrated, repeat the process until you’re satisfied. 

Dish washing liquid

Grab a bottle of dish washing liquid and squirt a generous amount onto the oil stain. Using a bristle brush or broom, scour the driveway until you see the stain lifting. 

Rinse away the foam using hot water and repeat the process until the stain vanishes. 

Laundry detergent

To get rid of oil stains using a powder detergent, completely cover the stain in laundry detergent. Slightly moisten the powder soap with water and let it sit for a while. 

To get rid of oil stains using a powder detergent, completely cover the stain in laundry detergent. Slightly moisten the powder soap with water and let it sit for a while.

Scrub the detergent into the stain, then let it sit for an hour. This gives the soap enough time to penetrate through and lift the stain. Once the hour is up, rinse the driveway surface using hot water and repeat the process as often as possible to completely remove the stain. 

WD-40 

Spray a liberal amount of WD-40 over the affected area and let it sit for 30 minutes or so. 

Using a hard brush, scrub the stain and rinse before repeating. 

Top tip 

Never use a metal brush to clean your driveway as this will damage the surface, and always try to remove oil stains as soon as possible to prevent them from penetrating even deeper. - Katlego Sekano

About the Author
Katlego Sekano

Katlego Sekano

Journalist at Property24.com

Print Print
Top Articles
Stellenbosch is becoming an innovation hub, attracting investors and blue-chip companies, while a steady rental income from student tenants is almost guaranteed.

The interest rate is at its lowest in years and the flat property price growth offers a window of opportunity, which is likely to continue into early 2020.

From Umgeni Park to Glen Hills, Park Hill and more, these homes in Durban North offer great value for money with prices from under R2m to R2.895m. Take a look…

Loading

Your browser is out of date!

It looks like you are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer 8 or higher, please verify that your Internet Explorer compatibility view settings are not enabled.

For the best browsing experience, update to the latest Version of Internet Explorer or try out Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


Please contact our Property24 Support Team for further assistance. Tel. +27 (0)861 111 724