How to Remove Oil From a Brick Driveway

It is not uncommon for oil stains to appear on a brick driveway. Whether your car leaked oil on the driveway, oil was spilt from a lawnmower, or it was just tracked onto the driveway from someone's shoes, you likely want to remove it. Oil stains on brick driveways are unsightly and diminish the appearance of the entire surface. The sooner you treat the oil stain, the easier it will be to get it all off.

Spread a thick layer of cat litter onto the oil if the spot is fresh. Let the oil sit on the spot overnight, then sweep it up the next day. The cat litter will absorb the oil without spreading it. If the oil stain is not fresh, proceed to Step 2.

Fill a bucket with one part bleach and four parts warm water. Pour the bleach solution onto the oil spot.

Scrub the spot with a stiff scrub brush. Rinse with water from the garden hose. It may be necessary to repeat the application of bleach a couple of times to effectively remove the stain.

Scrub the brick driveway with a brick stain remover if the oil spot persists. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the product as this will vary. Rinse the driveway well with water from the garden hose.


Wear rubber gloves, protective eye wear and old clothing when using chlorine bleach.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat litter
  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Stiff scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Brick stain remover
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.