Does your tarmac driveway have unsightly oil stains? It is important to remove the stains. Not only because it is a potential hazard of bikes and cars, but it will eventually seep back through to the surface and damage it. Whether the oil stain is new or old, there are a few tricks you can try to remove oil leaks from tarmac drives.
Oil stains on your driveway, garage floor, and other paved surfaces like streets and sidewalks can be a real pain to live with. You can take steps to prevent them from happening in the first place, but if you find yourself dealing with stubborn oil stains that just won’t go away – here are some simple and effective tips for how to get rid of them!
Dish Soap and Water
The common cleaning method for removing oil stains from tarmac is dish soap and water. Pour a small amount of dish soap onto the stain and use a brush or rag to scrub at it until the oil is gone. Rinse the area with clean water afterwards to remove any residue from the dish soap.
Soak the stained area with warm water and sprinkle baking soda over it. Allow the baking soda to sit for about an hour, then scrub at the area with a toothbrush until all of the oil has been soaked up in the baking soda and removed from the surface.
The alkali in the baking soda will cause the grease from the oil to dissolve and can be easily rinsed away with clean water when finished. If there is still some signs of the stain try repeating the process and use a high powered pressure washer to remove any stubborn marks.
Oil Removal Products
If the home cleaning remedies mentioned above are not effective for your tarmac there are a range of oil removal products that have been specifically formulated to remove even the toughest stains from the pavement and other asphalt services. Some professional-grade cleaning agents can be highly acidic or alkaline, so it is important to check with the manufacturer before using any unknown product on an area you wish to keep looking clean and new.
How hard and how long you need to scrub depends on the age and the size of the oil stain. If you fail in getting the leak out at once, a hearty scrub will definitely make a great change in the area’s appearance. Also, avoid cleaning agents containing solvents like citrus.
If the tarmac drive needs a full-blown repair and not just a simple cleaning, reach out to us here at Jordan surfacing LTD. We are an established tarmac firm that offers quality tarmac solutions for both commercial and domestic services. We would be glad to help give you the tarmac parking lot, the stretch of road, or driveway you desire.