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  • How To Clean Stains From Your Driveway

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    Have an ugly stain on your driveway that's driving you crazy? Take a look at some of these tips for getting rid of stains and restoring your driveway:

    1. Assemble your supplies

    Here’s what you will need to remove most common stains from your driveway, which are oil or grease from your car:

    • A bag of kitty litter (or a box or two of corn starch or baking soda)
    • A good, hardy scrub brush, such as a grill brush
    • A shop broom (one appropriate for outdoor work)
    • Dish soap, laundry detergent or soda
    • A bucket (gallon size or larger)

    If you have a different type of stain on your driveway, such as paint or rust, or you don’t have a stain, you just want to give the driveway a good scrubbing, you can skip the kitty litter and steps one and two below.

    2. Sop up any liquid pooled on the driveway

    Kitty litter by design is meant to be absorbent, making it perfect for this job. Corn starch or baking soda will work as well, though they don’t come in the convenient large bag. Before you ask, yes dried-on liquid can be absorbed too, though it is best to catch it when it’s still wet of course.

    Open the bag or box and cover the entire area of the stain in a layer of litter or your absorbent material of choice. Make the layer about a quarter inch thick so that you’re sure all of the liquid is covered. Then grind the grains into the spot with your broom (a shop broom works better than the common kitchen variety, and you won’t want to use it in the kitchen after it’s covered in oil), or if you’re feeling adventurous, with the toe of your shoe. Once you’re done telling that kitty litter who’s boss, let it set for at least an hour so it can absorb as much of the liquid as possible.

    Read more at How To Clean Stuff

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