Seven Ways to Remove Stains from Your Asphalt Driveway

September 11, 2020 10:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The one time your car leaked fluids seems to stay with you forever via asphalt driveway stains. You may hope they’ll fade, but unfortunately, it takes effort to remove stains from an asphalt driveway in Washington and restore it to its previous attractive appearance. If you are tired of those unsightly stains, here are seven ways to tackle them:

  • Dish soap: Dish soaps, like Dawn, already contain degreasing properties, and that makes them ideal for removing driveway oil stains. Apply soap directly to the stain and add water. Use a stiff brush to scrub at the stain, and then rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose. Repeat until the stain is gone, or at least much less noticeable.
  • Cat litter: If you notice your car leaking and cannot address the cause right away, pouring some non-clumping cat litter under your car will absorb the liquids and keep them from soaking into the asphalt. However, if you noticed the stain after the leak, it is not too late to use a kitty litter solution. Cover the stain with litter and stomp it into the pavement. This helps the granules soak up the oil. Let it sit overnight and sweep it away the next day, then give your driveway a good hosing down.
  • Powdered laundry detergent: Even if you do not ordinarily use powdered laundry detergent, it remains inexpensive and is a good product to keep around for oil stains. To use, sprinkle powder on the stain and add water. Scrub with a stiff brush and wait 30 minutes. Once it sits, hose it off thoroughly.
  • Cola: One or two cans of any cola product can easily become a stain treatment for serious stains. Simply pour one can into a small stain or two cans into a heavy stain. Allow it to sit overnight. Use any other cleaning method once it sits and you will find it much more effective after this treatment.
  • Baking soda: You will use baking soda the same way you use dish soap and powdered laundry detergent. Sprinkle it on the stain and scrub with a brush. Let it sit at least 30 minutes and then rinse.
  • Oven cleaner: If you own or can rent a power washer, oven cleaner will make a good stain remover. Spray it into the stain and let it sit for five to 10 minutes. Before spraying, give it a good scrub. To rinse, either use a pressure washer or use your hose with a higher-pressure attachment. This works well for older stains and those that have seeped deeply into the asphalt.
  • Simple Green: This environmentally-friendly all-purpose cleaner is a staple in most garages. It is an effective degreaser, and it offers all the benefits of an industrial cleaner without affecting the health of your landscaping. Simple Green works especially well if you buy a concentrate and add it to your pressure washer.

Jimini Paving performs a full range of pavement services in Washington. If your asphalt driveway stains have become overwhelming, it may be time for repairs or repaving. Call us today to schedule an assessment and estimate.

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