How to Clean Up Gas and Oil Stains from Asphalt

You probably paved your driveway or parking lot to make it kinder to vehicles, but it’s thanks to vehicles that driveways and parking lots take such a beating!

It’s not unusual for a leaky car to spend time on your driveway at some point.

Or perhaps it was an at-home repair gone wrong.

Whatever the cause, the important thing is to take action fast to avoid letting the gasoline or oil damage your paved surface.

Here’s how you can neutralize gasoline on your asphalt surface.

Step 1: Soak it.

Kitty litter really works! Technically, it’s the granular bentonite that you want. This ingredient is what makes kitty litter absorbent. Most kitty litter has a sand-based filler which isn’t so absorbent. But you may find it easier to get ahold of regular household litter in a pinch.

Sprinkle the litter liberally over all areas touched by gasoline. Wait until it soaks in and then sweep it up and throw it out.

Step 2: Soap it.

Liquid dish detergent works great at emulsifying gasoline. Apply lots of the liquid along with water over the gasoline stain and scrub it into a lather with a brush or broom. Let the foam sit there for close to an hour.

Step 3: Scrape it.

Add more kitty litter to the soap and let it soak up the soap and gasoline residue. Once it dries, scrape it off and rinse off the stain.

Your asphalt surface will fare much better in the event of a gasoline accident if it’s been properly sealed first.

To make sure your asphalt is being repaired or to schedule a sealing treatment, contact US Pave in Fort Lauderdale.

Posted on Behalf of U.S. Pave

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