Top tips to get stains off a driveway

Posted on January 3, 2015 by adam in Carpet Cleaning
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I own Elite Cleaning solutions and I clean driveways, patios and decking around the High Peak in Derbyshire. I thought it would be useful to share some of the best tips I have come across to deal with those stubborn driveway stains. Of course I use an industrial steam cleaner but here are some tips If you don’t have a steam cleaner to hand.


Ammonia is great for removing discolouration on concrete. Use a cup of ammonia diluted in 1 gallon of water. Just hose it down when you’re done. You will find ammonia in larger Boots stores, near the washing powder and insect killer, Wilkinsons also sell it

Baking Soda

At this time of year salt and commercial “ice melt” products can stain or even damage the concrete and  brickwork on your drive. Baking soda is an effective  way to melt ice on steps and paths during cold, icy nights. Don’t skimp, use generous amounts of baking soda then throw over some sand to improve traction.


Rust stains look unsightly and can be tricky to remove, if  you don’t’ want to use a commercial rust removal cleaning product. Then you might want to try some natural products. Lemon juice or white vinegar are regularly suggested. In both cases pour or spray over the stain, leave for a 10-20 minutes, scrub with a stiff nylon brush  then rinse off with water. Don’t use a wire brush as that can damage the surface of your brickwork.

Oven Cleaner

Oven cleaner is great for removing tough grease, oil and transmission fluid stains from your concrete driveway. Spray the stain with the oven cleaner, let it sit for 5-10 minutes then scrub with a stiff brush. Then rinse it off with your hose at its highest pressure. Tough stains might need a second application.


This is one a good friend of min told me about for removing oil stains from a block paved drive. You’ll need a small bag of ca litter, a few cans of coke, a stiff bristle broom, a bucket, washing powder, bleach, an eye protector and rubber gloves. Firstly, cover the stain with a thin layer of cat litter and then brush it in. Then sweep up the litter and pour the coke over the affected area. Work the cola into the stain with the broom, leave it for about 20 minutes. Now, mix a ¼ cup of washing powder with ¼ cup of bleach in a gallon of warm water. Use that to mop up the mess.


I love WD40, I use it for so many things, but did you know you can use it to remove an oil spot from your drive. Just spray the oil spot with a generous amount of WD 40 then hose it down with water. Sometimes it will need a second application and if you have a stiff brush  then lightly scrub the oil spot with WD 40 and leave for 20 minutes before washing it off.

Of course if you live in Glossop or Buxton and you want me to clean a stain from your driveway rather than my DIY tips to remove a stain then give me a call