Cars are messy affairs. Automobiles tend to leak fluids, oil in particular, and, over time, this can create unsightly stains on your driveway and, perhaps worse, on your garage floor. If you want to get rid of those stains, the easiest way is to hire a professional but, if you want to go it on your own, you certainly have options.
Step One: Assess the Problem
If the oil is fresh, meaning it’s still wet, cat litter is a handy and inexpensive way to soak up the spill. If you don’t have cat litter handy, baking soda also works well for absorbing oil. Soak up the oil and dispose of it property; petroleum products should not be thrown into the regular trash.
If the stain is already dry, there’s more elbow grease involved. If the wet oil you soaked up left a stain,, this same process will work to get the stain out.
Whatever cleaning agent you decide to use to get the stain out, you’ll want a brush with stiff wire bristles to scrub the stain, and a hose or bucket of water to wash away what comes up.
Cola believe it or not, is very good at removing oils stains, but you’ll need some helper cleaners, too, and not all of them are things you want to touch or breathe directly. Get some gloves and some goggles and the following supplies.
- A six-pack of cola
- Laundry detergent
Dump the cola on the stain to start. Scrub the stain after doing so, then let it sit for a half and hour. To finish off the stain, use a mixture of ¼ cup each bleach and laundry detergent in a gallon of water. You might have to do a bit more scrubbing to get the stain completely out but, if you’re lucky, you should be able to dump the bleach and laundry detergent mix on the stain and hose it right off.
Alternately, if you have a can of WD-40, try spraying that on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and use water to wash the stain away.
Remember that each of these methods use chemicals that are potentially hazardous and, in the case of WD-40, flammable. Use appropriate caution and, if you’re cleaning up a concrete garage floor, make sure you open up the space so there’s adequate ventilation.
Cleaning up your property can make it much more attractive to buyers. If you’re wondering if your Smyrna property has problem spots, just ask your Realtor and they’ll point out what might benefit from a bit of TLC.