Untreated oil stains on driveways, will deteriorate your concrete surfaces
Oil will dissolve the binder, which are made up of sand and aggregates which are held together by a binder called cement, causing raveling to occur. In cases where the oil stain has been untreated for a while, the top of your pavement surface will start to erode, in the case of asphalt may become soft.
It’s always best to treat oil stains as soon as possible.
Unfortunately it only takes one incorrect process to permanently stain many surfaces.
It is important that oil is removed from the surface as soon as possible to prevent deep penetration.
If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an oil spill, act immediately by covering the area with sand, saw dust or kitty litter to soak up as much oil as possible. Our team can clean this up and dispose of responsibly on arrival.
Below are a few do-it-yourself ways to remove fresh oil stain.
Remember to thoroughly clear the area of any debris (leaves, grass cuttings, loose dirt, etc.) and rinse off the stained area with a garden hose before trying one of the methods below, if you are concerned about doing it yourself the team at Stain Eaters are just a phone call away.
1) Cat litter
This method is only recommended as a temporary fix for fresh spills until you can get the oils spill professionally cleaned by the team at Stain Eaters.
Mop up as much excess oil as possible and then lay down a layer of cat litter. Stomp/pat down to make sure the cat litter gets into the pavement and absorbs the oil. Leave overnight. The next day, just sweep it up for disposal to a bin and hose down the surface with water. Keep in mind that this is best approach to deal with fresh oil stains. If your oil stains have been left untreated for a while, consider options 3 to 5
2) Oil Stain Remover
There are easy-to-use products available at your local hardware store that will remove stains caused by oil, grease, hydraulic fluid, and other oil-based materials. After scraping off build up and cleaning the area, apply the oil stain remover to the stained area. Let the product dry to powder form (usually about 5-8 hours) and then sweep up the area.
3) Internet remedies
Dont use home remedies such as “Coke” or “Degreaser” as it sends the Oil Spill deeper making the problem worse and harder to remove, more costly for you and been known to permanently damage the surface. Don’t risk making the situation worse, leave it to the experts at Stain Eaters.
Sometimes the best course of action is to prevent something from happening in the first place. You can prevent oil stains by sealing the surfaces. A sealcoat is a sealer for your concrete or asphalt surface that protects it from oil stains, oxidation, UV radiation, and water penetration.
The purpose of a sealer is to maintain the current condition of your pavement. If you’re pavement is in good condition, then a sealer will keep it in good condition.
Whilst you have a number of options as to how you treat oil stains, the most important thing is that you take action as soon as possible. The longer you allow oil stains to become saturated into your pavement, the more your pavement will deteriorate, and the more costly it is to correct.
Extensive research by the Engineering Department at Graffiti Eaters has developed a range of processes and equipment to clean up your worst problem spills, quickly and environmentally safely.
Whether your problem is oil spots on a driveway or a major oil spill over a road, our team can organise the road closure, contain oil spread, chemically neutralise to restore the substrate, vacuum collect and safely discharge the waste without harm to the environment.
For more information on how we can help you give us a call at the Stain Eaters on 1300 305 307 and we look forward to helping over the coming weeks.