How to Clean Tire Marks on Driveways

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Things You'll Need

  • Cleaner -- degreaser, TSP or oxygen bleach

  • Rubber broom

  • Power washer


Cleaning tire marks will often leave the driveway cleaner in the treated spots than the rest of the driveway. Clean the whole driveway once the stains are removed, to even out the look.

Seal the driveway once cleaned to prevent new stains from forming.

Skid marks leave a tricky stain on the driveway.

Tire marks happen on a driveway if you have spin your wheels when pulling out, or if the wheels sit on the extremely hot surface for an extended period of time. These marks are difficult to remove because tires are made from petroleum and are water resistant. Harsh cleaners are needed to lift them off the surface. However, it is possible to remove the stains and have a clean driveway again.


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Step 1

Wet the tire marks with plain water to prepare the surface for cleaning. This helps lift the stain and makes it easier for the cleaners to penetrate. This works best on the more porous driveways, such as concrete and brick, but will also helps on asphalt and stone.

Step 2

Spray a cleaner onto the tire marks. Use a degreaser, oxygen bleach or trisodium phosphate. Apply the according to the package instructions or dilute oxygen bleach at a ratio of 1 part bleach and 4 parts water. All three cleaners work on concrete, brick, asphalt and stone driveways.

Step 3

Scrub the cleaner into the marks using a rubber broom or a bristle scrub brush. Allow the cleaner to sit on the stain for five to 10 minutes. If using oxygen bleach, reapply the bleach every minute or two so it is actively working on the stain.

Step 4

Hose the stains and cleaner away using a power washer.



Shara JJ Cooper

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.