You don't have to live with an oil-stained driveway. Get rid of the mess with these stain-busting techniques.
You will need
- Paper towels
- Grease-cutting liquid dish detergent
- A nylon scrub brush
- Hot water
- Cat litter
- A Broom
- A Dustpan
- Plywood or cardboard
Step 1 Act quickly Using a combination of newspaper, paper towels, and rags, blot as much oil as possible immediately after a spill to keep it from soaking into the concrete.
Take the oil-soaked paper and rags to a recycling center as soon as possible. Leave oil-soaked materials outside your house and garage until you can dispose of them properly.
Step 2 Scrub with soap and water] Apply grease-cutting dish detergent to the stain and work it in with a nylon scrub brush. Add hot water and continue to scrub.
Wet the area surrounding the stain to prevent the released oil from causing a secondary stain.
Step 3 Blot Blot the soapy mixture with towels.
Step 4 Flush Flush the area with hot water, taking care not to burn yourself. If necessary, scrub again after the water has cooled.
Step 5 Use cat litter Sprinkle cat litter on the spill to absorb any remaining oil. Use a push broom to work the litter into the stain; then let the litter sit overnight to absorb the rest of the oil.
Step 6 Sweep up the litter Sweep up the cat litter with a broom and dustpan the next morning.
Step 7 Repeat Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary. With a little work, your driveway will be as good as new!
Step 8 Prevent a repeat Prevent future oil stains in your driveway by laying a piece of plywood or cardboard on the floor and parking your car over it.
One gallon of oil can ruin the taste of a million gallons of drinking water. That’s good reason not to wash your oil down the drain!