How to effectively remove Oil Stains from your driveway

How to effectively remove Oil Stains from your driveway

The sight of oil stains on your driveway can be disheartening. Not only do they negatively affect the appearance of your home’s entrance, but they can also be stubborn to remove. Fear not, for there are effective ways to bid farewell to these unsightly blemishes. Let’s explore how you can restore your driveway to its former glory.

Understanding Oil Stains

Oil stains occur when vehicles leak fluids, and these oils penetrate the porous surface of your driveway. The longer the oil sits, the deeper it seeps, making it harder to remove. Recognising this urgency is key to effective stain removal.

Quick Response:

As soon as you notice an oil spill, act quickly:

  1. Blot the Spill: Use an absorbent material like sawdust or cornstarch. Spread it generously over the stain and let it sit for several hours or overnight. This step helps to absorb the surface oil.
  2. Sweep it Up: Carefully sweep up the absorbent material. Dispose of it properly, considering it’s now contaminated with oil.

Driveway Cleaners

Here at Swiss Seal, we have many driveway cleaners specifically designed for oil stain removal. Always remember to follow the instructions carefully, and always use protective gear like gloves and goggles.

The Power of Pressure Washing

For persistent stains, a pressure washer can be very effective. Be careful though, as improper use can do more harm than good to your driveway. Always start with the lowest pressure setting and increase gradually if needed.

Post-Cleaning Care

Once you’ve removed the stain, it’s wise to consider sealing your driveway. A high-quality sealant can prevent future stains and make cleaning easier.


Regular maintenance can prevent oil stains. Check your vehicles regularly for leaks and if an area of your car is prone to leaking – consider using a drip tray under your car.


Removing oil stains from your driveway requires prompt action, the right cleaning method, and a bit of elbow grease. We highly recommend regular maintenance and preventative measures can also go a long way in keeping your driveway looking pristine. With these tips in hand, you’re well-equipped to tackle those pesky oil stains and keep your driveway looking it’s best.

If you have any further questions on how to remove oil stains, please get in touch today on 01772 701474 or email

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