How do you remove tire marks from a concrete driveway?


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Remove tire marks from a concrete driveway using a concrete degreaser. Mix the degreaser with water as per the manufacturer's instructions. Apply enough degreaser solution to cover the stained area on the driveway. Leave the degreaser solution on the stain for at least 10 minutes, and then scrub vigorously. Depending on the severity of the tire marks, several degreaser applications may be necessary.

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If using a degreaser and scrubbing the tire marks does not remove them, consider using a pressure washer. Before using the pressure washer, apply degreaser solution as normal, but remove the solution using the pressure washer instead of a scrub brush. Just as with scrubbing, removing severe or deep tire marks may require several reapplications of degreaser and pressure washings.

Removing tire marks from sealed concrete driveways can either be easier or more difficult than removing them from unfinished concrete, depending on the depth and severity of the marks. On sealed concrete driveways, tire marks occur when solvents used in manufacturing the tire exchange with solvents used in manufacturing the sealant, staining the driveway black.

Remove minor tire marks from a sealed driveway using the same strategy used on unsealed driveways. However, if degreasing and pressure washing do not remove the tire marks, use a solvent to remove the marks. If even solvents fail to remove the marks, removing the old sealant and applying a new one is the only way to restore the driveway's original appearance.

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