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How to Remove Tyre Marks from a Driveway or Concrete Surface

It’s happened to all of us. We’re ready to head out and we go to pull out of the driveway, only to realise that our tyres have left black marks all over it. Don’t worry – we’re here to help!

Over 15 years of landscaping jobs have exposed us to a wide range of stained and damaged driveways. More often than not, these scuffs and marks are fairly easily removed, but only with the right knowledge in how to do so!

In this blog post, we’ll share some tips for how to remove tyre marks from a driveway. So read on and get ready to say goodbye to those pesky black marks!

Tyre marks happen thanks to a process known as plasticiser migration. Modern tyres are only around 20% natural rubber; polymer compounds and other chemicals are used to create a flexible material suited for use as a tyre.

When these plasticisers become hot, they leech from the material, leaving black tyre marks on many driveway surfaces.

These polymer compounds provide modern tyres with more traction and generally offer better performance than higher rubber content tyres, but they are known to leave marks and tyre scuffs on your concrete driveway.

Quick Ways to Remove Tyre Marks

There are a few common ways to remove tyre marks from concrete driveways; specialised cleaning products or household cleaners can be used.

  • Light stains may be removed with a pressure washer and plain water, and marks on resin surfaces can be removed with white spirit and an emulsifier.
  • The most effective way to clean tyre marks from concrete is to use a degreaser, and a brush with stiff bristles.
  • Regular liquid soap, or a specialised product like Simple Green, will work as a concrete degreaser; just make sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Clean a Small Area First

You should first try cleaning a small area. We recommend using a degreaser as a cleaning product, as a concrete degreaser will work to break up the polymer compounds that cause staining.

Mild dish soap is an excellent concrete degreaser. It’s free from harsh chemicals and efficiently lifts tyre marks off the concrete.

Apply a little dish soap to the offending area, and allow the degreaser to sit for around 5 minutes.

Once the stain has lifted from the concrete, scrub the area with a bristle brush to break up the black marks. If this method has proven successful, you can begin cleaning the whole area in this manner.

How to Get Rid of Skid Marks

1. Clean the Concrete surface of any debris

Your first port of call should be to sweep the entire surface. Use a deck brush to clear the driveway or concrete floor, and make sure that there are no small stones, leaves or dirt present that could damage the concrete whilst cleaning.

2. Pour degreaser on the tyre marks

Apply your degreaser to the stains and let the product sit for at least 5 minutes. The cleaning product will soak into the offending mark and begin to lift them from the concrete.

For deeper stains or a particularly stubborn areas, you may need to allow the degreaser to sit for a long period. You can repeat this as many times as required, so don’t be too concerned if you have to reapply.

3. Scrub the area

Once the degreaser has lifted marks from the concrete, you’ll need to scrub the area to begin fully removing the rest of the marks from your concrete floor.

Use a bristle brush to gently scrub the concrete or garage floor, making sure to work in a circular motion as this is the most effective way to lift tyre marks off the concrete.

We recommend wearing rubber gloves for this job, as stubborn tyre marks may take some time to fully remove.

4. Apply more degreaser and repeat

Cold weather can make removing tyre marks harder. It may take several applications of degreaser and scrubbing to remove the stains fully.

5. Remove the chemical with a power washer

Now that your driveway is immaculate and free from skid marks, you should remove any degreaser and residue from the area with a power washer or garden hose.

Always direct the pressure washer wand at a 45-degree angle, facing away from people, animals, buildings or vehicles.

This video shows how to pressure wash your driveway.

Prevent Tyre Marks on Driveways Going Forward

To prevent repeating this process in the future, you may consider applying an acrylic sealer (or other cross-linking polyurethane sealers) to your concrete driveway, as this protective layer will prevent buildup and staining from affecting your concrete.

You should also try to prevent turning your car’s wheels whilst on your driveway, especially in hot weather, as this friction between your vehicle and the concrete driveway is the most common cause of marking.

Last Word

The most effective way to prevent tyre marks is to seal the area.

However, with the right know-how and products, ugly tyre marking won’t be a problem.

We hope this guide has given you some tips on how to remove rubber marks from your drive and keep your driveway looking its best for years to come.