To remove gas and oil stains from an asphalt driveway, any damp residue must first be blotted up, absorbent material should be applied on the spot to draw up the moisture, and the area should be scrubbed with a strong detergent and a brush. The scrubbing and rinsing step may need to be repeated several times before the stains go away.Continue Reading
Fresh grease or oil puddles should be wiped up as soon as possible with paper towels, newspapers or cleaning rags to prevent the mess from soaking into the asphalt. One of the best absorbent materials to draw up residual moisture is kitty litter, which also deodorizes the area. Other options are baking soda, cornmeal, cornstarch or sand. Once the excess gas and oil is absorbed, the area should be swept clean and then washed down with hot water. Using a strong powdered laundry detergent and a scrub brush, the stained area should be scrubbed thoroughly. After it is flushed with hot water, the area should be scrubbed and rinsed again. For extremely stubborn stains, a paste of laundry soap can be left overnight and scrubbed off in the morning.
The best solution for gas and oil stains is preventive maintenance. When working on a vehicle, it is important to cover the driveway area with a large vinyl tarp. Liquids drained from the vehicle should be caught in a drip pan.Learn more about Outdoor
Some tips for cleaning oil off a driveway include sprinkling something absorbent over the stain, scrubbing the stain with baking soda and water or scrubbing the stain with laundry detergent or dish detergent. Oven cleaner and WD-40 can also remove oil stains.Full Answer >
After preparing the surface of the driveway by removing any debris and fixing any cracks or holes, pour your choice of sealer onto the asphalt and use a long-handled squeegee or thick-nap roller to fully spread it across the surface of the driveway. Depending on the type of sealer used, the driveway dries completely within four to 24 hours. The length of a particular sealant's drying time is often specified in the product's instructions.Full Answer >
Although not absolutely essential, sealing an asphalt driveway extends its overall life and minimizes the need for repairs. Sealer fills small cracks to reduce damage from water, ice and growing plants. It also protects against ultraviolet radiation from the sun, as well as oil and gas spills.Full Answer >
Seal an asphalt driveway once every two to three years; sealing the driveway more often may lead to hairline cracks and peeling. When sealed properly, an asphalt driveway has a fresh, black finish and is better protected from oil damage and cracks.Full Answer >