How to remove hydraulic fluid stains

Written by jess jones
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Hydraulic fluids are used in vehicle transmissions and the brake systems. If you park your car in the driveway and experience a transmission leak or a brake fluid leak, the hydraulic fluid will stain your driveway. Like oil and grease stains, these dark red stains can be a real eyesore for your home and property. Most professionals will treat these stains, as long as you're willing to pay a lot for their services. Before you make that costly call, try a few simple steps to remove the stains on your own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Cat litter
  • Newspaper
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Garbage bag
  • Grease-lifting dish detergent
  • Hard-bristled scrub brush
  • Hose

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  1. 1

    Pour a generous amount of cat litter on the hydraulic fluid stains. Cover with newspaper. Leave for at least an hour.

  2. 2

    Put on gloves, and sweep up the cat litter. Dispose of the litter in a garbage bag.

  3. 3

    Wet the area, if the stain is still visible, with water from your hose. Pour dish detergent on the stains.

  4. 4

    Scrub the stains with a scrub brush. Apply as much pressure as you can to ensure the detergent adequately penetrates the stain.

  5. 5

    Rinse well with water from the hose.

Tips and warnings

  • For best results, treat the stain as soon as possible. Stains that sit for a long period are much harder to remove.
  • Always wear gloves when coming in contact with hydraulic fluid as it can cause skin irritation.

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