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Old 11-21-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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Driveway Grease & Oil Stains Remover

Does anyone know of a great grease/oil remover for concrete and asphalt? We had 30 trees removed and some of the company’s equipment dripped oil all over the driveway. The job was so much more than the guys expected plus they went above and beyond to please us. Other than the mess on the driveway they did an excellent job so I did not have the heart to complain. Has anyone had success removing or minimizing long trails of oil?


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Old 11-21-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Powered laundry detergent and a stiff broom. Followed by lots of water.
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I've had the best luck with a little gasoline or kerosene (for Concrete)...let it soak for a few minutes and hose it off. Scrub with some Tide to remove the residue of the gas/kerosene.
Works for me!!
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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kitty litter and a red brick- rub the kitty litter until it breaks down and becomes like sand. sweep it up.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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I use the Awesome cleaner from a dollar store and a steel brush.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Does anyone know of a great grease/oil remover for concrete and asphalt? We had 30 trees removed and some of the company’s equipment dripped oil all over the driveway. The job was so much more than the guys expected plus they went above and beyond to please us. Other than the mess on the driveway they did an excellent job so I did not have the heart to complain. Has anyone had success removing or minimizing long trails of oil?


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Asphalt I know of nothing to remove it being it is oil based. Cement on the other hand Powder Tide soap works good, but there is some stuff you can fine at most auto shops and it won't take much more than a couple of cups of it. Can't remember the darn name of it, but just stop at even an auto dealer and ask the service manager for some or the name of it!
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This is such a long area scrubbing will be hard. I was hoping to come up with a product that could be sprayed on/soak/rinse. I'll go by the Auto store tomorrow or look into some large size grease release product.

Never thought of Tide...thanks for the input.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #8
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Put some gas or diesel on the oil spots and scrub with a stiff brush. If you have a power washer hit it with that also after a gas or diesel bath, works even better with hot water. For small oil and grease spots in our shop we just pull a little 3M brand adhesive remover on the spot and wipe it up with a rag. We sealed the concrete when it was new and this helps. The 3 M stuff is great but expensive as it comes in quart cans. Regular ol solvent or mineral spirits works good also. It take oil to cut oil.
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The kitty litter trick does work well, as it lifts the oil/grease away from the concrete and asphalt. To remove any remaining stains, dawn dishwashing detergent and a stiff broom will also lift oil/grease and float it to the surface, where it may be flushed away. Solvents will cause oil to further penetrate concrete. Solvents used on asphalt will soften the asphalt to the point it will crumble up in a few years.
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Some pressure washing companies have hot water on their mobile rigs. Find a company that has this available and pay them to clean it for you.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #11
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Wash with GUNK hose off reapply Gunk and cover with dry cement. Squish the cement in with the sole of your shoe, let stand a few day and sweep off. May take a few apps. YMMV.
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Clay based cat liter, NOT THE CLUMPING KIND!

We use it in the shop for spills and leaks,

On concrete it will remove evergg trace, make a small pile, stir every couple days and ober time there is no trace.

Clumping is worthless.
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I have always used paint thinner/mineral sprits.Works for me.
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Like to like, if you have a grease or oil spot on clothing use the same to remove it...
I use Goop or WD40

Might work on an oil stain in the pavement, I don't know but the other suggestions with similar themes echo this theory.

they use DAWn liquid dish detergent to remove oil from birds, maybe this with a bit of scrub with a stiff broom, and wash in hot water might do it ...

Sounds as if you have enough spots to try a few of these suggestions and see which one works the best.
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