Driveway Oil Spill


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Old 03-05-08, 01:59 PM
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Question Driveway Oil Spill

Father-in-Law's car leaked oil on drive way. Any great tips for getting rid of the stains? Thanks. Appreciate your help.
 
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Old 03-05-08, 02:11 PM
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OSR from lowe's has worked really well for me. I'm sure most places have something equivalent. Just let it completely dry! Bright sunny days are best.
 
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Old 03-05-08, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the tip. OSR it is. In the cleaning supply area?
 
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Old 03-05-08, 02:56 PM
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Hmmm I think it's in the paint dept, near the concrete cleaners?
 
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Old 03-05-08, 05:34 PM
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make a poultice,,,

of fuller's earth ( diotomaceous earth ) & vm&p naptha,,, spread on the stain & cover to retard drying,,, repeat as nec,,, go visit dad-in-law next time rather'n having come over
 
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Old 03-06-08, 07:07 AM
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Smile

OR have dad-in-law fix oil leak in his car!
 
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Old 03-06-08, 07:50 AM
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Probably too much dry oil for poultice to work, but going to give it a full assault this weekend if I can get some sunshine. I tried bleach last weekend and really got the driveway clean around the stains...haha

LOL. F.I.L actually pretty helpful with the kids so have to let him keep coming I guess. His old Mercury has 270,000 miles on it so don't think the leak is going away (I put RESTORE in it a couple time which slowed it down a little) and he isn't going to pay to fix it. BUT if I get this stain cleared up he's going to have start parking on the street!
 
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Old 03-06-08, 08:35 AM
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If you are talking concrete, try Cascade liquid dishwasher soap. put it out, broom it in, let set several minutes, then rinse away.
 
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Old 03-06-08, 11:01 AM
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driveway oil spill

If none of the above methods work, get a sack of Portland Cement (not premixed masonry mortar or concrete, just pure cement powder) at a lumberyard or home center. Spread it over the stain and let stand for a day or so, then sweep up & discard. Re-apply and sweep daily until the stains disappear. Portland cement is very hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs liquids, and will work even on old oil stains. For old stains apply it and leave it set as long as necessary to pull the oil out. It could take a month or longer, but it will work. If it gets rained on, scrape it up, then re-apply when dry. Keep a piece of cardboard handy for father-in-law's visits to slip under his car when he parks. Good luck.
 
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Old 03-06-08, 11:09 AM
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What great suggestions. Gotta Love DIY.com. Thanks. I'm almost looking forward to cleaning my driveway Saturday (almost). Will report my results next week!
 
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Old 03-13-08, 06:07 AM
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Want a cheap fix-if oil is wet spread cat litter on oil-when oil is absorbed into litter sweep up.
Pour more litter over spot & rub w/ wire brush.
After a few rains spot will be gone...............
 
 

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