Unfortunately, sometimes the inevitable occurs so what happens if you get oil stains on your tarmac driveway. Here we look at some simple solutions that will help you to remove the stains and get your driveway back to looking pristine. It is important not to leave oil stains on your driveway as it is a potential hazard to any vehicles using the driveway. Not only like the oil, if left will in time seep back through to the surface and damage the driveway.
So how do we remove oil from a tarmac driveway?
There are a few methods that you can use and here are our tried and tested ones;
Dish soap and water – This is by far the most common and cheapest cleaning method. Use a small amount of dish soap directly onto the oil stain and scrub the stain directly with a hard bristle brush or a rag until it is no longer visible. Once the stain is gone ensure that you use water to remove any of the residue of oil and soap from the area.
Baking soda – Ensure that the oil-stained area on your tarmac driveway is soaked completely with warm water and then sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the oil-stained area. You will need to leave the baking soda to work on the stain for around an hour. After an hour take a small brush, such as a toothbrush to scrub the area. This will allow the baking soda to soak up the oil and be removed from the tarmac. As the baking soda is alkaline based it will make the grease from the oil dissolve and you will then be able to remove the stain and residue with warm water. If there is oil still visible on the tarmac repeat the process until it is gone. It may help to use a pressure washer following the baking soda removal to ensure it is fully dispersed.
Specialised oil removing products – Sometimes the stain is too much for the two standard methods above and you will need to purchase a specific oil removal product to help remove the oil from a tarmac driveway. Oil removal products are specially formulated with ingredients to breakdown the oil to allow it to be removed. It’s recommended however before using a professional product on your tarmac driveway to check with a professional like us here at Allmac as certain products are very acidic or alkaline and could cause damage to your driveway. If you are at all unsure give us a call and we would be happy to help.
If all else fails and you are unable to remove the stain or need some professional advice, please do not hesitate to contact the professionals here at Allmac to discuss your needs and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.