If your car leaks fluids or you spill some while filling up your vehicle, lawn mower or snow blower, your driveway might end up with a stain or two. Fluids such as oil, transmission fluid and gasoline can leave a stain on paved driveways and garage floors. Because these liquids are all different, cleaning techniques vary slightly from fluid to fluid and surface to surface.
Whether the stain is new or old, there are some basic steps to help remove marks left by leaked fluids from a paved driveway or an uncoated concrete garage floor.
Oil can leave a dark stain on your pavement. Here are some steps to help remove those stubborn oil stains from your driveway, according to Good Housekeeping.
If the oil spill is new, start by covering the stain with cat litter, cornstarch, baking soda or cornmeal, which may help absorb the extra moisture. Twitter Icon
To remove dried oil from concrete, douse the stain with spray lubricant and then rinse with water, says Reader’s Digest. Another method, according to the Los Angeles Times, is to put engine degreaser on the stain and scrub it with a wire brush, then cover with kitty litter before sweeping it up.
Transmission fluid spills or leaks may leave a bright red stain on light-colored concrete. Here are some suggested steps for removing the stain from Reader’s Digest:
Spilled gasoline not only leaves stains on your paved driveway; the marks are likely accompanied by an odor you’ll want to neutralize. Good Housekeeping recommends the following tips for removing a gasoline stain:
Those spilled fluids may be unsightly, but they may not be permanent. If the cleaning tips outlined above don’t fully remove the stain, you may want to consider a professional cleaner to do the job.
Originally published on June 4, 2015.