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Brick Paver Cleaning Guide: Removing Oil Stains From The Driveway

A brick paver driveway can add ambiance to your driveway. That is, until your kids get their first used car and it leaks oil on it. Old car oil will stain surface the brick pavers and take away from the ambiance. You need to remove the old oil that has leaked into the pours, cracks, and crevices on the brick pavers to get rid of the stain. Here is how you can remove the oil from your brick paver driveway.

You Will Need:

  • Heavy Duty Degreaser
  • Soft Bristled Brush
  • Tooth Brush
  • Hose
  • Pressure Washer
  • Water

First Step

You need to thoroughly wet the stained area down with water. Then apply a liberal coating of degreaser over the stain. Let the degreaser sit on the oil stain for about 20 minutes to a half an hour. This will give the degreaser enough time to penetrate and start dissolving the oil stain.

Agitate the degreaser with a soft nylon bristled brush. The nylon bristles can get into the cracks, crevices, and pores of the brick better than a medium- or hard-bristled brush. Harder bristled brushes are good for cleaning the very top of the surface, but the bristles typically are too stiff to get down into the porous surface.

If you want to save your knees while scrubbing, you should get a long handle that you can put on the brush so you can stand up and scrub.

Scrub until the degreaser turns foamy and you can see the oil dissolving in the cleaner.

Take a pressure washer and rinse the area with water. If you can hook up the pressure washer up to a hot water source, do it. The hot water will help to dissolve and remove the oil.

Second Step

Allow the spot you are working on to completely dry. Once the area is dry, you'll be able to tell if there is still any car oil left on the driveway.

If you find the stain has not been completely removed, then you need to repeat the cleaning process all over again.

One difference you should consider is using a soft-bristled tooth brush to get into the pores, cracks, and crevices to remove stubborn oil spots. You will have to get on your hands and knees to use a tooth brush. You should wear pads to protect your knees, or put a piece of old carpet or cardboard on the ground that you can kneel on to provide a cushion between the hard brick surface and your knees.

Rinse when you are done and let the spot dry again. The surface should look fresh and new now. To protect against further staining from the used car, have your kid park it in the street or on the grass from now on (or get the oil leak fixed). Contact a company like American Pressure Cleaning & Sealing for more information.