Oil spots are a common problem for asphalting Sydney driveways, and they can be challenging to remove. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to help get rid of these pesky spots with ease. In this article, we will discuss 15 different ways that you can treat oil spots on your asphalt driveway using everything from simple household cleaners to pressure washers. But, you should always remember that the best course of action is to consult an asphalt paving professional at all times. 

In the meantime, let's take a closer look at each of these DIY methods so that you can choose the right one for your needs.

 

  1. Soap And Water

One of the easiest ways to treat an oil spot is to simply soak the area with soap and water and then scrub it clean with a stiff brush. Be sure not to let the soap sit on the surface for too long, as it can cause the asphalt to degrade.

 

  1. Vinegar

You can also use vinegar to clean oil spots from your driveway. Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bucket and then pour it over the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush.

 

  1. Baking Soda

Another option for cleaning oil spots is to make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the spot and let it sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing with a brush.

 

  1. Commercial Cleaner

If you're looking for a more heavy-duty solution, you can purchase commercial cleaners specifically designed for removing oil stains from driveways. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

 

  1. Pressure Washer

If the oil spot is particularly stubborn, you may need to resort to using a pressure washer. Just be sure not to use too much pressure, as it could damage the asphalt.

 

  1. Cat Litter

Believe it or not, cat litter can be used to soak up oil and help remove stains from driveways. Simply sprinkle the cat litter over the affected area and let it sit for a few hours before sweeping it away.

 

  1. Corn Starch

Another option for removing oil spots is to make a paste out of corn starch and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping away with a damp cloth.

 

  1. Coconut Oil

If your driveway has a lot of stains, you may want to consider using coconut oil to help break down the grease and remove them from the surface. Simply use a damp cloth to wipe some coconut oil over the affected area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before cleaning away with a sponge or cloth.

 

  1. Citrus-Based Cleaner

A citrus-based cleaner can also be effective in removing oil spots as well as any other residue left on your asphalt driveways. Simply spray the cleaner onto the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing clean with a brush or sponge.

 

  1. WD40

Another option is to use WD40, which works especially well on tough stains. Simply spray it onto the oil spot and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a stiff brush or scraping with a putty knife.

 

  1. Turpentine

If you want to get rid of those annoying oil spots quickly, turpentine is one of your best options. Simply pour some turpentine onto a rag and rub the stain until it comes off completely.

 

  1. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser

Yet another option is to use Bon Ami powder cleanser, which works great on hard-to-remove grease stains from asphalt driveways. Just be sure not to leave the powder sitting on your driveway for too long, as it can cause discolouration over time.

 

  1. Coca-Cola

Believe it or not, Coca-Cola also works well in removing oil stains from driveways. Simply pour a bit of Coke onto the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing away with a brush.

 

  1. Baking Soda And Liquid Detergent

A simpler option for removing stubborn oil spots is to mix baking soda and liquid detergent in equal parts into a bucket of warm water. Pour the mixture over the stain and then rinse clean with water as soon as possible before any discolouration sets in.

 

  1. Almond Oil Or Baby Oil

If your driveway has large areas that need stain removal, you may want to try using almond oil or baby oil to break down the grease and dirt. Simply apply a generous amount over the entire area and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.

 

Assuming that you have followed the tips provided in the article, your oil spots should be gone and your asphalt driveway should look good as new. But if not, always remember that you can immediately contact an asphalting professional for advice and tips. Treating oil spots can be a pain, but it is worth it in the end when you have a clean and presentable driveway.