I think we can agree on this: oil stains are an eyesore on your driveway, garage floor or patio, no doubt. (Maybe not the one above with the pretty rainbow colors, but you get the idea.) Getting rid of them isn’t always easy, so let me explain what I learned from experience and found on the Concrete Network, which seems to live and breathe everything to do with concrete.
The Problem with Oil Stains
If you were thinking of covering up those oil stains with paint and/or a sealant you will be disappointed. Oil tends to seep back through to the surface and will ruin your new anticipated look. You have to handle that stain before engaging into any beautification project for that particular surface.
Note that concrete is a porous building material and thus will absorb stains. The size and age of an oil stain matter. The older the stain, the harder it is to remove it. So, don’t wait but treat any stain as fast as possible. To avoid this situation altogether, we recommend a regular resealing of your concrete surfaces every few years. Driveways, patios and walkways will be protected and restored to like-new appearance. If you are interested in this service, please contact us here or give me a call at (813) 992 7243
Removing oil and grease stains from concrete surfaces
Even professional contractors have to admit: Removing oil and grease stains may take some trial and error to find the best method for your situation, but we have some tips for you.
Any of these methods are recommended and will be finished by a thorough pressure washing.
Take caution when using commercial concrete cleaners or degreaser*
Using chemicals is the more aggressive method of attacking those pesky oil stains. They are most effective on porous concrete which hasn’t been sealed yet or has no hard or dense finish. Make sure to read the instructions on the product and use with care.
When using bleach or chlorine for cleaning, make sure to never mix them with any other cleaning solution or liquid except cool water. Mixing them with household cleaners can produce toxic fumes which are a health hazard.
Removing oil stains from concrete surfaces before selling your home
It makes sense to get those unsightly stains removed, before you put your house on the market. Concrete surfaces with embedded oil or grease stains are creating a dingy look and lower the perceived value of your home.
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Get in touch. We clean outdoor areas regularly and thoroughly. We are experienced and have a large customer base that gave us their genuine feedback which might also convince you to trust us with your business - yet again.
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Tips on how to get rid of mold, hot tire marks and other contaminants on your concrete driveway.
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Source reference: How to remove oil stains - from the ConcreteNetwork
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