Oil Spill Cleaning Treatments
Oil spills on your driveway (or anywhere else for that matter) can be an eyesore, especially when you have to see them outside your home or business every day. Unfortunately there is no guaranteed remedy to completely eradicate an oil stain. Whether the stain can be removed or not depends on the surface on which it was spilled, how long it’s been soaking into the surface and whether the surface was previously sealed. However, in almost all cases, it is possible to significantly fade the oil patch using a range of methods.
White Spirit or Turps – Paste generously over the stain, leave for 1 hour (approx) then rinse with hot soapy water and a scrubbing brush (this process may take 3-4 attempts).
Caustic Soda – Coat the stain generously, leave for 24 hours (approx) then rinse off using a hot water pressure washer (this process may also take a few attempts).
Oil Stain Remover – There are a wide variety of Oil Remover products to choose from. Product instructions may vary slightly so it is important to read the manufacturer instructions. However, they generally involve applying the substance to the affected area, leaving for a period of time then rinsing or Jet washing off with hot water. (again this process may take a number of attempts).
A good quality sealer will help ameliorate the severity of an oil stain, but only if the sealer was applied properly within the last few years and had the recommended two coats applied.
As always when using chemical products it’s very important to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Personal Protective Equipment should be worm at all times and always read the product label for guidance.