How to Remove Oak Stains From Concrete

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People take pride in the condition of their homes, inside and out. It is common for debris to blow onto your sidewalk or driveway. You dutifully break out the push broom and remove it. However, if stray oak leaves fall or blow onto the concrete surrounding your home, often they will leave precise leaf stains which some consider unsightly. These brown or green stains occur when moisture is present on the leaf or concrete and the leaf is not removed in a timely manner. If your property has several trees, it can seem impossible to gather up each leaf as it falls. With a few common household supplies and a little time, those ugly stains can be history--at least until next fall.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 to 5 gallon bucket, depending on the size of the stained area
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Hot water
  • Gloves
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Spray the stained area with water from the hose to remove any loose debris.

  • Fill the bucket with 50 percent hot water and 50 bleach. Pour bleach solution on the stains and wait 10 minutes.

  • Put on your gloves. Give the area a good scrub with your scrub brush. Pay particular attention to the darkest stains. Rinse the area with water from the garden hose.

  • Repeat the process until the stains are not completely gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Having your driveway professionally sealed can save you the trouble of removing oak stains every year. Call your local concrete company for details and pricing.
  • Always wear gloves when handling bleach.

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