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
- Cat litter
- Garbage bag
- Grease-lifting dish detergent
- Hard-bristled scrub brush
Pour a generous amount of cat litter on the hydraulic fluid stains. Cover with newspaper. Leave for at least an hour.
Put on gloves, and sweep up the cat litter. Dispose of the litter in a garbage bag.
Wet the area, if the stain is still visible, with water from your hose. Pour dish detergent on the stains.
Scrub the stains with a scrub brush. Apply as much pressure as you can to ensure the detergent adequately penetrates the stain.
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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