Not only are oil stains on asphalt driveways an eyesore, but they can easily be transferred into your home or vehicle. Clearing them away is a far cry from merely wiping up something as harmless as spilled food – you must use more powerful methods and tools to effectively break apart the lingering oil molecules. With these special materials in hand, getting rid of those stubborn spots may not be so daunting after all!

Removing Oil Stains From Asphalt Surfaces 

Even before you start, you have leverage. Asphalt is resistant to leakage—more so than concrete—and its impermeability renders it particularly adept at shedding rainwater and oil stains.

To rid asphalt of old, oil-based stains, you can rely on a few methods. Consider using force to break them up – from pressure washers and wire brushes to nylon scrubbing tools. You may also choose between petroleum- or eco-friendly degreasers for use as chemical solutions. Combining the two approaches often yields even better results!

When attempting to remove oil stains from the driveway, a critical step that is often overlooked is getting rid of the remnant residue. Scraping up and breaking apart the stain does not necessarily erase it; you must make sure to get each trace off of your asphalt surface or else it will be reabsorbed once dry. Don’t let an easily preventable mistake leave its mark on your driveway!

Here are the basics of how to get oil stains off a driveway:

  • Use baking soda as an absorbent — Baking soda and a touch of water make an effective cleaning mixture for oil stains. With the help of a scrub brush, you can easily create a paste that will tackle tough spots with ease.
  • Hit the stains with do-it-yourself pressure washing — Not only will sustained pressure washing with a needle-thin spray blast away the oil, but it could potentially fracture the asphalt too.
  • Employ a professional pressure washing company for more power — To remove oil stains, experts utilize a flat surface cleaning head that has a similar appearance to that of a floor buffer.
  • Scrub with a green degreaser — Green degreasers are formulated with alcohol ethoxylates as the active ingredient to provide powerful cleaning performance. To further enhance efficacy, many green degreasers also feature citrus components for an enhanced clean and a pleasant scent.
  • Spray on oven cleaner — Despite its toxic nature, oven cleaner is an essential tool for removing oil stains on your driveway.
  • Use granular clay or cat litter to absorb oil — Granular clay is the ideal option for cleaning up new, liquid oil spills. However, old and dried-up spots of oil will require alternate treatments than absorbent material to successfully remove them.
  • Try a penetrating oil like WD-40 — These products may be effective, but caution should always be taken when handling them due to their toxicity. Additionally, it is important to note that they are a costly method because of how much product needs to be used each time.

We specialize in residential and commercial paving projects across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At Productive Asphalt, we offer custom design layouts as well as finish details, and only use the highest quality products for your paving project. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and receive your free quote!