How to Remove Oil Stains from your Santa Cruz Home’s Driveway

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 11:01pm.

One of the side effects of living in your Santa Cruz home is the traffic your driveway sees.  Your cars and the cars of your friends and family may be leaving behind evidence they were there in the form of oil stains.  Not only are oil stains an eyesore, they are notoriously difficult to remove. 

Here are a few suggestions that will have the driveway of your Santa Cruz home sparkling again:

• Soak up any oil left standing on the driveway.  Most people use a fine gravel cat litter or sawdust.  You can use baking soda, flour or any other absorbent material that you have on hand.  Whichever material you choose, needs to be left on the stains for a couple of hours to absorb the excess.

• Wash the stain.  Use dishwashing soap on the area first.  If the stain doesn’t come out with the soap, you can try harsher chemicals.  Be sure to follow all safety precautions when working with these products.  Many people have success using bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove oil stains.  Rinse the area with plenty of water after you’ve cleaned it. 

• Use a commercial oil stain remover.  For stains that just won’t come out, you can try commercially prepared oil stain removers.  Auto part stores usually have a good selection of stain removers.  Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before using the commercial stain remover and follow all instructions.

To prevent the driveway of your Santa Cruz home from being stained in the future, keep a bucket of kitty litter available and use it to soak up the oil as soon as it appears.

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