No one likes a stained driveway. Whether the stains happened because your car was leaking fluids, you were changing the oil, or some wet leaves decayed on your driveway, you want those ugly spots removed so your driveway can look its best. The good news is that in most cases, you can remove the stains yourself. Continue reading to learn a few methods for asphalt stain removal.

Remove Spills When They Are Fresh

Of course, the best way to keep your driveway looking its best is to prevent stains. One way to do this is to clean up spills when they are fresh. Since oil is the most common stain on driveways, you should know a few ways to clean it up when you spill it or your car leaks it.

  • Cat litter: Clean up as much oil as you can with a mop or some rags. Pour the clay cat litter over the oil stain. Step onto the cat litter and stomp it down to let it get into the stain. Leave it overnight and sweep it up in the morning. Rinse off the area, and it should be clean.
  • Dish detergent: Simply pour the soap on the oil stain and add some water. Use a hard bristle scrub brush and scrub the stain. Rinse off the area when you are done.
  • Cola: Remove as much oil as you can and then pour cola onto the spill. You may need more than one can depending on the size of the spill. Leave it overnight and then wash it off the following day.

Start Stain Removal the Right Way

It doesn't matter how you decide to remove the stain. You have to start off the process by clearing your driveway of any debris. Use your garden hose and give the driveway a good rinse after you have swept or blown the debris off. It's important that you don't try to expedite the process with pressure washer because you can cause the stains to set in deeper.

You can use the above methods on stains that are set in. You may just have to repeat the cleaning process several times to get it clean. If you notice that the stain looks less noticeable after you have tried one of the methods above, that's a good indicator that you will be able to clean the stain up with that method.

There are also commercial asphalt cleaners that you can use for tougher stains that won't come out with home remedies. These cleaners are easy to use and will usually get you the results you desire. For more information, contact LSC Construction Services, Inc. or a similar company.