What can I use to remove oil stains from my driveway?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 3, 2011 ~ Comments

I have stubborn oil stains that are 2 years old. What can I use to remove them from my driveway?

Shannon M. ~ Katy, Texas

Brendan Fowler

This is a great question, (I am assuming that your driveway is concrete), and depending on who you ask you will get a hundred different answers ranging from Dawn Dishwashing soap mixed with baby oil, to kitty litter ground into the stain with a brick, to muriatic acid followed by pressure washing. I can say that strong acids and pressure washing are a bad idea. The resulting splashed acidic spray can hurt you and everything it comes in contact with. It can also pit the concrete in your driveway leaving it rough. My suggestion would be to read some of the driveway stain fighting solutions you can find on the internet, (some of them are quite entertaining), and try a few that are cheap first and then maybe venture into a more expensive driveway specific stain remover. Depending on the age of the concrete, the age of the stain and the type of oil that caused the stain, different solutions will work better than others. Good Luck!

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