Concrete splash/fluid stains

I cleaned a driveway today, and to my dismay, uncovered significant staining under all the dirt and grime. It appears that the stains cover four fairly distinct regions on the driveway, spaced about where tires would be… I’m thinking someone used to clean a lot of tires/wheels in this driveway, and was also clumsy…

I have read that this is likely wheel/tire cleaner/polish, but would like to seek confirmation of this, or alternative explanations; furthermore, I have read that removing these stains would be nearly impossible. Has anyone tried any new or interesting methods for removing similar stains? The homeowner has not commented; however, I might kick a hornets nest and experiment, if anyone has any fresh ideas.

I distinctly state in my quotes that tire shine spray will not be removed during my cleaning process. Once driveway dries no one knows it’s there until it rains and gets concrete wet again. There may be something out there that removes these stains but I haven’t come across it yet.

I’m seeing more and more bottles of tire shine that state on the label to immediately wash any overspray/runoff from the concrete.

Also, I once washed a small driveway that had some sort of hydro-phobic product on it. Customer had super clean cars and I suspected that he likely foam-cannoned his cars on the regular with some fancy cleaner/wax that contributed to this. Surface cleaning made a small dent in the protective film of whatever was on the surface, but didn’t remove most of it. That driveway dried lickity-split!


I’ve used a citrus type cleaner to remove those stains before……

Does this citrus type cleaner have a name?

I forgot….sorry. I would try any type of citrus base cleaner to see if it works.

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Interesting. I don’t see this because about 90 percent of the drives are asphalt, of the ones that are more than gravel.

I have seen tire shine on vinyl siding. You will know when you see the water beading up around the shutters and nowhere else on the house. People use it on their shutters that are oxidized, because some moron made a video and a couple of other morons made similar videos for likes, so people started doing it. It does make the shutters look better for a little while. I tell them I don’t remove it (tire shine) from homes, too much risk.

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Here’s a video I posted a while back of me cleaning my own driveway. It has tire shine that’s been there since before we bought the place about 5 years ago. Once dry, it’s not noticeable.

Sounds like a potential new upsell… :joy:

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Here is a picture in case anyone else runs into it. I know what it is instantly, as I have seen it a time or two. The only problem with this method is that rain splatters it all over and it runs down the wall. To be honest, it did revitalize oxidized shutters, and to be truthful, unless it is wet you don’t notice it too much. Every washer, and siding person would know as soon as they walk up and see the slight discoloration around the shutter. Underneath the siding you can see the parged block wall and it carries down it too.


Thanks for the example photo! Definitely something to watch out for