How do I remove rust stains from my driveway?

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  • William William on Jun 01, 2019

    WD-40. Did a leaky oil pan leave a big ugly spot in the middle of your concrete driveway? To get rid of an unsightly oil spot, just spray it with a generous amount of WD-40 and then hose it down with water.


    Soda (Coca Cola). Here’s how to remove oil stains from concrete drive-ways and garage floors: Gather up a small bag of cat litter, a few cans of cola, a stiff bristle broom, bucket, laundry detergent, bleach, eye protection, and rubber gloves. Cover the stain with a thin layer of cat litter and brush it in. Sweep up the litter and pour cola to cover the area. Work the cola in with a bristle broom, and leave the cola for about twenty minutes. Mix 1/4 cup laundry detergent with 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water and use it to mop up the mess.


    Oven Cleaner. Get those unsightly grease, oil, and transmission fluid stains off your concrete driveway or garage floor. Spray them with Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner in the BLUE can. Let it settle for 5-10 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse it off with your garden hose at its highest pressure. Severe stains may require a second application.


    Kool-Aid. Nasty rust stains on your concrete? Mix unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid with hot water. Scrub and the rust stain should come right out.


    Baking Soda. Salt and commercial ice-melt formulations can stain — or actually eat away — the concrete around your house. For an effective, but completely innocuous, way to melt the ice on your steps and walkways during those cold winter months, try sprinkling them with generous amounts of baking soda. Add some sand for improved traction.


    Ammonia. Tired of those annoying discolorations on your concrete work? To get rid of them, scrub with 1 cup ammonia diluted in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Hose it down well when you’re done.

    • Cheryl Charles Cheryl Charles on Jun 25, 2019

      I have previously tried kitty litter, baking soda, vinegar scrubs to no avail. Once area was dry rust stains re-appeared. I just saw video on using Singerman Labs rust remover with NO SCRUBBING required. I just ordered today and will try it when received in a week. Will let you know if my results are successful.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jun 03, 2019

    The methods mentioned usually work. If you use cat litter, buy the much cheaper nonclumping litter. There are also rust removers you can buy, but follow the directions carefully.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jun 08, 2019

    A power washer is the best for cleaning stone, brick and patios. Check out my post:


    https://karupp-did.net/power-washer/ for lots of before and after pics. Also in that post I did an (unpaid) review on 2 products to get stains out of concrete. Old Stains in concrete can be very stubborn but can look better after a little elbow grease. One product worked better than the other. Good luck!

  • Mrs,Harris Mrs,Harris on Jun 25, 2019

    Thanks