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Removing Stains From Concrete Driveway Or Garage Floor
Since we have been seeing quite a bit of this lately. Here are some basic steps to help remove marks left by leaked fluids from concrete driveways and garage floors.
To remove oil from your driveway, first determine whether the fluid is wet or dry. If the spill is new, start by covering the stain with cat litter, cornstarch, baking soda or cornmeal, which will help absorb the extra moisture. Once the pavement is dry, or if the stain was already dry wet the stain with water and scrub with a stiff brush and a paste made from baking soda and water. Finally, rinse the pavement with a hose and let it air dry.
To remove dried oil from concrete, douse the stain with spray lubricant and then rinse with water. Another way is to put engine degreaser on the stain and scrub it with a wire brush.
A bright red stain on light-colored concrete usually indicates a transmission fluid spill or leak. Oven cleaner can help clean up this type of liquid. Spray the stains with the cleaner and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, use a stiff brush to scrub the spot and rinse it with your hose at its highest pressure. If the stain is still there you can repeat the process.
Spilled gasoline leaves stains on your driveway and will have an odor you’ll want to neutralize. First, soak fresh gas spill with cat litter, baking soda or commercial absorbents and sweeping away excess fluid. Next, scrub the stain with a mixture of dishwasher detergent and water and let it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing with a hose. Another option would be to buy trisodium phosphate from a hardware store, mixing it with warm water and scrubbing the spill with the solution until the stain lightens.
If the cleaning tips outlined above don’t fully remove the stain, you may have to hire a professional cleaner to do the job.
There’s also a way you may be able to prevent future stains on your clean concrete. Sealing your garage floor with a paint or sealant made for concrete can help prevent fluid from soaking into the floor. Once the coating is in place, you should be able to simply wipe up spills.
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