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Old 01-15-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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How do you remove oil stains on your driveway????

My wife is starting to give me evil looks whenever I park my Jeep on the driveway. I immediately put a towel underneath the power steering area(I believe I have a very slight and subtle leak there) but every so often, a drip gets by me and hits the driveway.

I love my driveway and I just put in stamped concrete(looks like hand placed rock but isn't; cheaper way to go) and it pains me to see a drip once in a while.

Do you guys know how to remove oil stains on concrete?

Ty in advance all.!!

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Old 01-15-2008, 02:44 AM   #2
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Simple green and cat litter!

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Old 01-15-2008, 06:19 AM   #3
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well either you can buy stuff made especially for it, or use cat litter or the sand /salt mixture they put on the road (up here they have 55 gallon barrel's full of it at the bottom of every big hill)
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:50 AM   #4
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Whatever you do, do not put salt on concrete! Salt will damage the surface of concrete if any is left behind
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:57 AM   #5
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^X2! how about fixin the PS? that would make you and the wife happy! pressure washing is always good. cardboard works too. I would look into some concrete cleaner, your local home depot or any store like that should have it. I do believe that it takes oil and other stains off pretty well...
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #6
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pressure washing seems to work pretty dang well.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:21 AM   #8
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Pressure washing was what I was going to say but I also waa going to add elbow grease. Get a hard bristle brush and use dish soap or as another one said laundry soap. Scrub it up good and then pressure wash it.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:34 PM   #9
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Behr paint makes a chemicl meant to remove oils and stains from concrete in preperation for cleaning garage floors.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:52 PM   #10
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first thing i would do is get some cat litter and toss it on overnight then scoop it up, itn takes no effort and wont hurt the environment if you scoop it all up, that deostn work then move on, you only used a little money and no work
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I teach auto-tech and these students can make some bad spills. if you soak up all the fluid the stain can be cleaned very quick and easy with brake cleaner, about 3.00 a can. good luck
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first thing i would do is get some cat litter and toss it on overnight then scoop it up, itn takes no effort and wont hurt the environment if you scoop it all up, that deostn work then move on, you only used a little money and no work

I can't wait until you get married...He said his Wife doesn't like the look of oil stains.

There is an old saying you really need to memorize..."when mama aint happy, nobodys happy".


Oil stains don't bother me but my Wife prefers them to be gone from my driveway too.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:02 PM   #13
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Well i've been holding back on this because its not envirmentaly correct. Brake Fluid will do it, but you have to wash it right away or it will rust stain the concrete.

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not brake fluid. use brake cleaner it leaves no residue..good luck
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not brake fluid. use brake cleaner it leaves no residue..good luck
Um............................no, I'm pretty sure I said brake FLUID. It will wash away with a hose too.
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I teach auto-tech and these students can make some bad spills. if you soak up all the fluid the stain can be cleaned very quick and easy with brake cleaner, about 3.00 a can. good luck
Thanks buddy. I've been using Simple Green with Tide and it has worked okay; not spotless.

Will brake cleaner leave it spotless? Good point and I can't wait to try it.
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+1 on all the kitty litter users... put some down, rub it in with your foot, then sweep it up.
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ha, i did this one time because my parents were gone for the weekend and i had some people over. my friend has a 63 nova that has a leaky auto transmission. anyway, i didnt discover it until the next day so that was bad. but when i left for school in the morning, i put some liquid laundry detergent on it and kinda rubbed it into the concrete. when i came home i washed it off. i had to do it twice to get it perfect, but it worked great, at least for ATF, if you do this use something at least that is phosphate free and be nice to our mother!
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the kitty liter really only works if the oil is still wet.
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holy shit, that almost made my drink come out my nose! haha funny stuff

cat litter works just ok. this spring im gonna try some concrete cleaner and bust out the pressure washer.
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the kitty liter really only works if the oil is still wet.
I use mason sand. it seems like the finer the powder, the more it soaks up

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