How to remove oil stains from driveway?

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  1. Eurodriver

    Eurodriver

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    Last night I had a bit of a mishap. I overfilled my jet ski (never doing that in the dark again) and an amount of oil slightly less than the Exxon Valdez went everywhere.

    The majority of the oil landed in the boat, which was a mixed blessing (cleaning that out was a PITA) but now I have around 20 quarter sized "drips" of oil all over the place, in addition to a few more stains about the size of a TV remote control.

    I tried soaking it with water, then scrubbing it with Dawn dish soap, and it just lightened the stain but its still there. My driveway is not concrete, it is expensive pavers so keeping them nice is a priority.

    Ideas?
     
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    Try this, go buy some dry clothing detergent, Tide or the flavor of your choice. Sprinkle it over the spill [dont be bashful with it] and leave it sit. It will soak up the loose oil and a lot if not all of the oil that has soaked into the stone will come out. The next rainfall will wash away the detergent and if needed you can reaply.
     
  4. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Try WD40 in a small area. I seem to remember it working.

    Like dissolves like.
     
  5. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

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    I've spilled oil before, too. I use the absorbant and then use SimpleGreen, let it soak or dry up, then apply more. Then add some water and use a broom to work it in, then wash off. Sometimes I have a small stain, but after the next rain storm or car wash, it's gone. YMMV.

    :wavey:

    red
     
  6. Krav Maglock

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    The easiest way if gasoline and cat litter. Scrub it with a push broom and it will be gone.
     
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    byf43 NRA Patron Life Member

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    Kitty litter. CRC Brakleen (Red container/label).
    Spray Brakleen on oil spill, liberally. (Dang! I hate that word. . . liberal-ly!) :puking:
    Add kitty litter on top.
    Saturate Kitty Litter with Brakleen.

    Wait an hour or so.

    Sweep up kitty litter.
    Re-spray with Brakleen.






    Please note: CRC Brakleen seems to have changed their formula. The 'Old' Brakleen works 10 times better than the 'new'.
     
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    toshbar Timber Baron

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    :rofl: Is that a technical term?
     
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    Brake cleaner works for me.
     
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    tehan2 NRA & GOAL

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    I spill LOTS of oil in my garage and on my driveway. brake cleaner is the best to get up small stains.

    Bigger spills I use speedy dry to soak it up
     
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    I will second the Tide suggestion. Get the powdered stuff.

    Clean up as much as you can by blotting it with a rag. Wet the surface and sprinkle the Tide on the area(s) and use a stiff bristled brush to work it in. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then hose it off. It may not get it all but it'll get the majority. You may need to do it a couple of times.

    Also, a little secret. Wet down the engine compartment of your ski, sprinkle in some Tide, and go ride around for 30 minutes. Use a Shop Vac and suck out the water/Tide mix, rinse and suck it out again until it's suds free. Makes your engine compartment nice and clean like new (assuming it's dirty that is).

    Greg
     
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    FYI, the rumor that coke or other soft drinks will help is a lie. it just makes a huge sticky mess, don't try it.
     
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    I have found that Goop handcleaner works for me..Rub on Goop, brush in well, then rinse..
     
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    No, but it IS oft-used in chemistry! :wavey:
     
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    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    first thing is to get rid of the harley....then do what the other guys said....LOL
     
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    I always use Shout (laundry) stain remover. Spray on spot and scrub a little with a brush, let sit for an hour or so then spray off.

    I'm gonna' have to try the brake cleaner sometime.
     
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    You could just flip your expensive pavers over.
     
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    Why would you want to remove the stains? Where I live, an oil stained driveway is a sign of manliness.
     
  19. Eurodriver

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    I appreciate all the suggestions guys. I guess I'll just start going down the list.


    FWIW, spraying with carb cleaner alone did not work. I just used an entire can on a couple spots, they're still there but they did fade a little bit.

    Thanks Greg. I'm actually gonna try that. I've cleaned pretty much the whole compartment by hand but obviously underneath the motor, gas tank, etc are very grimy.

    Where I live, its a sign of a cheap, leaky car...and my name ain't Eurodriver for nothin...
     
  20. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    Here its a sign of sloppiness, crappy vehicles that won't hold oil or a Harley owner's residence