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There's a good chance that small, relatively new oil stains can be removed with hot water, detergent and a steel brush. Simply apply the detergent and scrub with a steel brush, clean with water then repeat if necessary.
For stubborn existing oil stains, you’ll need a degreaser. These powerful, concentrated cleaners remove ingrained dirt, grease and oil deposits, and most automotive fluids without damaging the surface. And, best of all, they work fast.
All degreasers will have application instructions for you to follow. Most importantly, be sure to wear the correct protective wear, especially gloves and goggles.
1. Apply the recommended amount of driveway degreaser to the affected area (refer to product instructions for the recommended amount; for lighter duty cleaning, dilute the product with up to five parts water)
2. Leave for 1–3 minutes (for heavily soiled areas leave the driveway degreaser on the area a little longer before washing but do not allow the product to dry completely)
3. Work vigorously with a stiff or steel brush
4. Leave for 5–10 minutes
5. Wash away with water
Any oil spot that has penetrated the substrate may re-surface within 24 hours following cleaning, if so, repeat the process.
We've got plenty more cleaning tips to help you get your home in tip-top shape.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.