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Removing Oil Stains From Driveways
updated: Jul 21, 2014, 11:51 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Hi,

We just had our sewer pumped and the truck left oil stains on our brick driveway. (How rude of them.) We are researching ways to remove them and I was wondering how other Edhatters handled this problem in their driveways, asphalt or otherwise. Thanks.

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 COMMENT 537540P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:57 AM

BTW, I am looking for ways to remove the stains.

 

 COMMENT 537541P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 11:57 AM

Call the company and ask them to come out and clean up the mess.

We did this when one large truck (some work we had done on house) left HUGE tire marks all up and down our new (25' long x 15' wide) concrete driveway. The guys came out and took care of the problem.

 

 COMMENT 537543P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:03 PM

Better yet: pour a small amount of gasoline on the stains. Let sit for about 20 minutes and then "attack" the stains using a handheld MAP blowtorch.

Miraculous. See the YouTube vid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w73o7mh3kl0

 

 COMMENT 537545 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:08 PM

SIMPLE GREEN!

 

 COMMENT 537549 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:22 PM

Bicycle chain degreaser works also.

 

 COMMENT 537552 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:26 PM

Kitty Litter will do the trick...

Grind it into the stain, let it sit for a day or so, rinse and repeat.

 

 COMMENT 537556 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:37 PM

Pressure washer works

 

 COMMENT 537558 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 12:40 PM

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (the blue one) which is made to get out grease and handscrubbing with a steel pad. Or make them come and clean it up.

If you ever have a workman park in your driveway again consider having an old shower curtain they can park on.

 

 COMMENT 537598 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 01:47 PM

When I was a mechanic years ago, we used laundry soap and a push broom. Do it quick, before the oil soaks in. It works quick and easy.

 

 COMMENT 537612 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 02:24 PM

I second kitty litter. It takes a while but it will eventually soak it all up.

 

 COMMENT 537686 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 04:49 PM

Third kitty litter- I have a white driveway that has had it's share of oil stains. It's cleaner than Skeeter's Peter!

 

 COMMENT 537720 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-21 06:22 PM

I'm happy to have an old asphalt driveway. I may even replace it with decomposed grey gravel.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 07:45 AM

Maybe 630 could explain what the heck his/her post means. Makes no sense what so ever as far as I can tell. Strange response to a question about removing a stain; at least the plea for help got some good responses .

 

 IZZY2SHOES agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 08:39 AM

Borax powdered detergent has worked well for us on brick, asphalt and concrete.

 

 COMMENT 537903 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 10:11 AM

A product called "Pour and Restore" has worked really well for us. Home Improvement Center has it, I think.

 

 COMMENT 537929 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 10:38 AM

Dishwashing soap, water, scrub brush. Wash, rinse, and repeat.

 

 COMMENT 538027 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-22 01:05 PM

WD40

 

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