Remove Stains from Your Driveway

How to Remove Stains from Your Driveway

It’s fairly common to have a stain or two on your driveway or on the floor of your garage. Stains can accumulate over time from leaks or spills while you fill up your vehicle, lawn mower, or snow blower. Regardless if they’re oil, transmission fluid or gasoline, there are a few relatively easy ways to remove stains from your driveway.

How to Remove Gasoline Stains from Your Driveway Remove Stains from Your Driveway

We’ve all spilled a little gasoline filling up the lawn mower before, it’s no big deal! But spilled gasoline will leave more than just an unsightly stain on your driveway or garage floor. Gasoline stains can be accompanied by an odor that can be nauseating. We recommend the following tips to remove gasoline stains:
  1. Wear protective gloves and glasses
  2. Use cat litter or baking soda to soak up fresh gasoline spills
  3. Sweep the used litter into a container with a lid
  4. This used litter or absorbent should be disposed of safely, as it is highly flammable
  5. Scrub the remaining stain with dishwasher liquid and water
  6. Let the soap soak into the stain for a few minutes before washing off with a hose
  7. Allow the rest to air dry


How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway

Oil stains are typically very dark in color, and rather stubborn to remove. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and use some real elbow grease to remove oil stains:Remove Stains from Your Driveway
  1. If the oil stain is still wet:
    1. Start by covering it completely with cat litter, cornstarch, cornmeal or baking soda
    2. Once the pavement is dry, wet the stain with water and scrub with a stiff brush, baking soda, and water
    3. Rinse the pavement and allow the rest to air dry
  2. If the oil stain is already dry:
    1. We the stain with water
    2. Mix a paste out of baking soda and water
    3. Use a stiff brush and A LOT of elbow grease to scrub the dried-on stain
    4. Rinse the pavement and allow the rest to air dry


How to Remove Transmission Fluid Stains from Your DrivewayRemove Stains from Your Driveway

If you have a light-colored driveway or garage floor, leaking transmission fluid will leave a bring red stain. The process to remove transmission fluid stains is pretty simple:

  1. Use a heavy-duty household cleaner to spray the entire stain
  2. Allow the cleaner to sit for at least 10 minutes
  3. Use a stiff brush to scrub the stain (LOTS of elbow grease on this stain!)
  4. Rinse with a hose at its highest pressure, or with a power washer
  5. Repeat this process if necessary


Ignoring Stains Under Your Vehicle

We’ve talked previously about the dangers of ignoring stains from under your vehicle. By all means, clean up those stains using our advice above – but if the stains you find are anything out of the ordinary, we recommend having your vehicle serviced in a timely manner.

If you have noticed new stains or fluids leaking from your vehicle in the Baltimore, MD area – Jones Junction Body Shop & Collision Center can help! Give us a call today at (443) 686-7155 to schedule an appointment today!

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