Oil, windshield wiper fluid, and gas can quickly stain asphalt. Keeping your parking lot clean plays an important role in maintaining a positive business reputation with the community and new clients. Below, learn about what materials mark asphalt and how to mitigate unsightly stains.

5 Tips to Remove Asphalt Stains

1. Sop up the Mess

Apply cat litter or sawdust to the stains if you spot them when they’re still wet. These mixtures are absorbent and should prevent oil and fluids from spreading. Once dry, use a broom and dustpan to sweep up the mess and put it directly in the garbage.

2. Remove Debris

asphaltUse a hose to clear dust, dirt, and gravel pieces from the area surrounding the spill. Do not use a power washer as the pressure can make the stain more permanent. Spray the section with a regular hose or the low-pressure setting on a spray nozzle, using a push broom to sweep away rocks and other debris.

3. Scrub the Area

Pour degreasing dishwasher fluid, laundry detergent, or vinegar over the stain and let it sit for an hour. Use a brush with stiff bristles to scrub the soap or vinegar into the porous asphalt. Choose a long-handled one to prevent fatigue if you’re cleaning a large area.

4. Rinse Thoroughly 

Use a low-pressure hose to rinse off the cleanser and clean out the brush before assessing the stain status. If the marking is still visible, try this process again, letting the soap sit for an hour before scrubbing a second time.

5. Apply Soda

Sodas are acidic and may eat through oil and viscous liquids. Pour several cans of soda over the stubborn asphalt stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rinse the region with a hose and scrub any remaining markings.


Business owners looking for new asphalt parking lots should contact Midsouth Paving, Inc. in Houston County, AL, to request a quote. The company creates hot, warm, and cold mixes to suit your paving needs. Call the Dothan-area company at (334) 712-7500 or visit the website for more information.