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Oil stains and spills are common on driveways. They can be an eyesore especially if they occupy a large area. Because you cannot possibly avoid the spills from occurring,( a leaking car that’s not yours could be the cause) finding a way to clean them is essential. The only problem is that this kind of stain is one of the hardest to eliminate. Apart from requiring special cleaning materials, oil stains tend to quickly absorb into some types of driveways and further compound the problem.


For success when cleaning oil spills on a driveway, you need to make a careful assessment of the situation. Usually, you will have two options; the do-it-yourself approach or hiring a professional. Choosing to remove the stain yourself relieves you of the charges of an expert. However, you may not achieve the required results, especially if the spill is too large and the cleaning materials are homemade and not adequately effective. Besides that, you may end up causing damage to the driveway or even worsening the stain. Some cleaners may also discolour the surface and cause more worry than the spill itself.

Professionally cleaning oil spills on the driveway offers various benefits. The cleaning company is likely to use chemicals that are friendly to the environment. Their cleaning materials are also bound to be effective on oil stains, seeing that they’re experts in the field. Professional cleaning companies use pressure washers, too, which assures you of the total removal of the unsightly stain.

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Some oil spills may be too small to warrant hiring an expert cleaner. Should that be the case, follow these easy steps to remove them.

  1. Ensure the whole area is clear of any obstacles and debris.
  2. Wear protective gear before you begin any work of cleaning oil spills on the driveway.
  3. Stop the spill from spreading any further. To do this, use paper towels or pieces of cloth to blot out the oil. Then, cover the remaining stain with an absorbent material. You can use clay cat litter or anything that’s fine and dry such as sand or sawdust.
  4. Brush off the fine material after it has absorbed the remaining oil.
  5. Find an oil removing agent to use on the oil stain. It can be a degreaser, washing powder or any detergent that’s high-foam. Before using any cleaning agent, it’s advisable that you test it on an inconspicuous part of the driveway so you’re sure it won’t cause any discolouration.
  6. Apply the cleaning solution on the affected part of the driveway.
  7. If possible, use a pressure washer to clean the stain after which you should flush the area with clean water.


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This removes the dirtied water that may stain the surface. Repeat the process later until all the oil has been removed  For the best of results, cleaning oil spills on a driveway is better done when the stain has just occurred. Take action immediately you spot one, either by removing it yourself or with the help of a cleaning company. The best approach is only to clean oil spills yourself if they’re too small and to hire an expert if the stains are scattered or cover a large area. 

If you require free advice on cleaning your driveway to remove the stains please call us on 08000933267 or use contact form below. We will be glad to help clean your property.