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Oily Curb Appeal? 3 Simple Solutions For Removing Oil Spots Off Your Driveway And Walkway

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Owning a home can be challenging, but with proper upkeep, your house can be a worthwhile investment. While mowing the lawn and repainting your front door enhances the look of your home, focusing on your driveway is also smart. Considering your driveway and walkway leading up the your front door are important elements in your home's total curb appeal, ensuring they are clean and in good condition is essential. Using one of these simple solutions, you can remove oily, greasy spots from your concrete driveway and walkway and enhance your curb appeal and value.

Liquid Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent offers sufficient power for removing dirt and stains from your clothing, but you may find its ability to remove stains on your concrete surprising.

To use on oil or grease spots, first sweep off your concrete surfaces using a traditional broom. Then, rinse surfaces with your garden hose to dampen the concrete. In a sprayer container, combine 1 cup of liquid laundry detergent with ½ gallon of warm water. Shake to mix before spraying the oily stains on your concrete.

Allow the solution to sit and soak into the stain for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush. Once the spot disappears, rinse with your hose.

Cat Litter

Not only is cat litter a great option for absorbing spills on surfaces, but it can also remove oil and grease stains on your concrete driveway and walkway. After rinsing off your oily concrete surfaces, use a rake to spread a clay-based cat litter across stained areas. Use your feet or the flat part of your rake to stomp the litter flat onto the stained concrete. Allow it to sit for a few hours before sweeping it away. If the stain is still present, repeat the process a second time.

The clay will absorb dirt, debris, and the oily residue from your driveway and walkway without the use of toxic chemicals or harsh scrubbing.

Spray Lubricant

While using lubricant to remove oil may sound ironic, spray lubricant is an effective option for removing the greasy stains off your concrete surfaces.

Spray a generous amount of the lubricant directly on the stained area of your concrete driveway and walkway. Allow to soak for 30 minutes before rinsing off with your garden hose.

The spray lubricant will release the oily residue from the concrete to ensure it is simply rinsed away after soaking.

Parking vehicles, using lawn care equipment, and basic weathering may all stain your driveway and walkway, reducing your home's curb appeal and value, but removal is possible with one of these simple solutions. For assistance, talk to a professional like Sieben Cement Contractors Ltd.