Oil on driveway

Old 11-25-09, 06:21 PM
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Oil on driveway

Is there any magic product or technique to get oil spots off a driveway? The dumpster company had leaky hydraulics and messed up a client's driveway pretty good.

Dawn dishsoap and powerwashing with cold water only made the spots worse by cleaning the cement but not the spots.
Old 11-26-09, 04:03 AM
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There are some commercial products that purport to do a good job, but you might try kitty litter and a brick first; spread the kitty litter on the spots and then "scrub" with the brick (this is assuming the driveway's not painted).
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About 10 yrs or so ago I had a customer that wanted me to stain the garage floor of their recently purchased home. Since the concrete was covered in oil drips, I was leery. I went to Lowes and bought their best concrete/oil cleaner. I think it was about $10 for a quart [?] I don't remember the name or how it was to be mixed [I used it all] but it removed 99% of the oil along with scrubbing with a broom and a pressure washer. I was impressed and the stain job came out well

Wish I could remember the name of the product but maybe they still sell it.
Old 11-26-09, 07:54 AM
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I've seen it mentioned here that you can just sprinkle dry portland cement on it. Let it sit for a day or 2, repeat as required.

I've also used a product called OSR from Lowes. White liquid that you pour on and let dry completely to a powder (can take a day or more depending on weather and humidity), then sweep it up and dump in the trash. Hmmm looks like Quickcrete bought 'em.....QUIKRETE at Lowe's: 1.5-Gallon Oil & Stain Remover

Also take a look at this thread...many of the same answers... Driveway Oil Spill [Archive] - DoItYourself.com Community Forums
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good ideas, thanks guys!
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Pour N Restore is a product available at most ACE Hardware stores, we've had good luck with it.

Portland ususally works too

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