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Remove oil from driveway?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by AvsFanTRD, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Jul 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    In an attempt to change the transmission oil I managed to get a large portion on the driveway so now how do I remove the stain that the oil left behind? What have you all had success with on old and new driveway oil stains?
     
  2. Jul 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM
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    borderbrat

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    paved/concrete driveway?
     
  3. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM
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    DaCapt

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    Grease sweep.. you let it soak it up and keep sweeping it , over and over. Then use laundry powdered soap or liquid... sprinkle it on the oil spot, then wet it down and use a scrub brush to work it in real good. Rinse and do again if needed.
    Good luck!!
     
  4. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    I've tried Muriatic acid, its not too bad, but if the rest of your driveway isn't super clean, it'll make the part you clean look too clean
     
  5. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM
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    yes
     
  6. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    i usually use an oil soak like cat litter....then spray with brake cleaner and dawn dish soap.....comes up pretty well.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM
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    I've had success with Simple Green and DIsh Washing Soap. Let it soak about 5 minutes, then hit it with the hose. Hit it again and the stain is mostly gone.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    Cat litter for starters. Pour it over and let it soak it up. After a while, move it around and even step on a 2" x 4" and drag it back and forth over the spot with your foot.

    You can always hit any left over stain with the caustic brew of choice suggested above for finishing touches.
     
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    I do Concrete coating and we use a mixture of TSB (Can be bought at Ace Hardware) its a white powder and mix it with xylone (Paint thiner also buy it at Ace) mix the two in a cup until its like a paste them put it on the oil spot and rub it in a little and leave it overnight. Next day hose it off. It should do the trick :)

    Note wear gloves doing this. it will burn you if you dont.
     
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    Castrol Super Clean straight up. Good for cleaning lots of other greasy stuff too, although usually need to dilute.
     
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    Try pouring a can of Coke (non-diet) on the oil stain. Leave it for 2 to 3 hours, then rinse thoroughly with a hose. Next sprinkle powdered Tide over stain and leave overnite. Rinse completely the next day The stain should be history.
     
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    I've had good luck with Simple Green on minor spills on my pretty old, porous concrete driveway. Spray it on, scrub it with a stiff brush.

    I would avoid using most all the other heavy duty industrial/petro-based solvent stuff mentioned in other posts, because when yo uwash it off, if is going into your groundwater and creeks. Not good for you or your community or the critters. Ask BP.
     
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    Gasoline.... no joke. Just don't smoke around the area. Soak drive with water after your done. And don't let anyone see you pour gasoline out.


    FLAME AWAY
     
  15. Jul 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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    I think he was asking concrete vs blacktop.
     
  16. Jul 14, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    Ditto on the kitty litter but then I'll put down some dishwasher soap, spray it down a little and then scrub it with a broom.
     
  17. Jul 14, 2010 at 9:24 PM
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    Purple power!!! stuff works great on my black top driveway. ive even used it in my garage and it works great
     
  18. Jul 14, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    X2, this is what I do and it works great.
     
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    I've used a product sold at Auto Zone that is an orange powder and safe for the environment wont kill your bushes or grass.........have had pretty good luck with it.........I will see if I can find the name of the product.........
     
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    works well for me
    you might need to brush or do it more than 1 time
    depending on how soaked in it is
     
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