Cooking Oil Paving Stain Remover

Keep paving clean with everyday items.
Keep paving clean with everyday items. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A paved walkway, patio or driveway enhances the appearance and value of a home. Despite efforts to keep them looking their best, however, an occasional spill creates a stain. Cleaning pavement can be tricky as it is an absorbent material that readily soaks up any liquid, including oil. While cooking oil does not leave garish, dark stains on pavement, it will leave unattractive, tell-tale smudges. A few everyday household items and bit of elbow grease removes the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Talcum powder
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Liquid degreasing dish-washing soap
  • Sponge
  • Mechanic's hand cleaner

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Cover the affected area with paper towels. Press firmly on the material, soaking up as much oil as possible. Do not rub as this will cause the stain to spread.

Sprinkle talcum powder over the remaining oil. Rub the powder lightly with a stiff-bristled brush, working the absorbent material into the surface of the stain. Allow the powder to sit for 24 to 48 hours and then sweep the residue away.

Pour liquid degreasing dish-washing soap over discolored areas. Scrub the soap briskly with a stiff-bristled brush, creating a light lather. Work from the edge of the stain toward the middle using small, circular motions to help loosen sticky oil residue. Rinse by sponging with cool water.

Spread a layer of mechanic's hand cleaner over any stubborn stains. Rub the compound into the stain with a nylon scouring pad. Wait 10 minutes and wipe away with a wet cloth. The degreasing agents in the cleaner will break down the oil, making it easy to remove.

Tips & Warnings

  • Older stains may require more than one treatment.


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