How to Remove Grease in the Driveway or Garage

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How to Remove Grease in the Driveway or Garage

How to Remove Grease in the Driveway or Garage

If you have ever had a leaky automobile, you know the frustrations of grease spots on your driveway or garage. The spots stand out like a sore thumb and will seemingly resist all cleaning methods known to man…that is..if you don’t know the right products to use.

The truth is, these spots are not all that tough to get up if you know how to go about it. It requires some effort, but nothing that a Saturday afternoon and some determination won’t accomplish. In fact, there are actually a number of solutions you can try. Here is a look at three of the most popular ones I am aware of that do, in fact, work:

Cat Litter

Cat litter is the method that you will hear about most often and it does work for stains that are fairly fresh. Older stains are a bit more resistant to this method I have found. Simply put some kitty litter over the stain and push it down with your feet. The grease will cling to the litter and begin to lift the stain. You may need to do this several times to get the stain gone.

Diet Soda

Diet soda is one of my favorite solutions for grease in the garage. The acid helps to break it down and get it gone. Simply pour it over the grease and let it fizz for a bit. You can then scrub a dub the stain and much of it will come up. Sometimes you can get the stain gone through this simple method all alone. If not, then perhaps you should move to the final solution.

Muriatic Acid

This is considered the big gun and it will most certainly work. The problem with it is that..well…it is acid and it is dangerous. The last thing you want is to have kids around it and pets could be lethally hurt without much having to go wrong.

Scared Yet? Well, it can be done safely. Just make sure you have plenty of ventilation and no kids or pets around. Then suit up and protect your eyes, skin and air flow.

Pour some of the acid (one part acid to nine parts water) into water and mix well. Again, keep your eyes and hands/skin protected with rubber gloves and goggles. Apply the mix to the stains and let it work for about ten minutes. Rub the solution into the stains with a wire brush taking care not to splash it around. After ten minutes you can flush the mixture away with water. This usually does the trick.

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