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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 13, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Removing oil stains?

Any good tips/trick for removing oil stains from asphalt? I gotta do some clean up or my wife is gonna kill me.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 13, 10:08 PM
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I use Tide and kitty litter
Mixed together and allowed to sit/soak for a period seems to remove most if not all of the stain. Lather-rinse-repet to get the rest ...
If there's a lot of oil, I will let the mix sit on the stain for a day/overnight and then scrub down the next day with water.

I've also had good results ith a product called (oddly enough ) "Oil Eater" ...
It's sold at Costco and other stores.
Sprayed on and scrubbed in with a good deck brush it is very effective for smaller areas. ,

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Re: Removing oil stains?

Smear some oil over the rest of the asphalt so it all has a consistent color?
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Dish washpowder.. bet u use the tablets lol.
3 to 4 spoons in 2 to 3 L hot water... pour over wet the area.....get the house broom give quick scrubb, leave but dont let dry out... another scrubb and hose off..

And cloths washing power nearly double the strength....do same

Both work well on concret to

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Re: Removing oil stains?

I've had luck on both anthracite black top and concrete using this process: The Cat Litter Two-Step

Grab some real Clay Cat Litter, NOT the clumping kind.
Get your sneakers on.
Pour enough of the Cat Litter to lightly cover the stain and over lap the edge a bit.
Then two step around in the Cat Litter.
The point being to crush and grind the litter in to the stain as much as you can, then leave it be for a day or two.

The clay will absorb the oil nicely.
Return with stiff brush and remove the litter.
Inspect stain for any signs of seeping oil. If the spot is dry your done. If you still have oil seeping repeat the process until you have no more oil seeping.

If you are satisfied with the dry clean that's all you need to do, but you can then also wash the spot as well if desired. Use some Tide or Dawn and a scrub brush to wash the spot, rinse and repeat until your stain is gone. Tide may discolor the black top purple but that will fade.


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Dawn or BrakeKleen. Think about it, asphalt and oil are the same. Liquid and solid.

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Any good tips/trick for removing oil stains from asphalt? I gotta do some clean up or my wife is gonna kill me.
Get rid of the wife and keep the stains
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I've had luck on both anthracite black top and concrete using this process: The Cat Litter Two-Step

Grab some real Clay Cat Litter, NOT the clumping kind.
Get your sneakers on.
Pour enough of the Cat Litter to lightly cover the stain and over lap the edge a bit.
Then two step around in the Cat Litter.
The point being to crush and grind the litter in to the stain as much as you can, then leave it be for a day or two.

The clay will absorb the oil nicely.
Return with stiff brush and remove the litter.
Inspect stain for any signs of seeping oil. If the spot is dry your done. If you still have oil seeping repeat the process until you have no more oil seeping.

If you are satisfied with the dry clean that's all you need to do, but you can then also wash the spot as well if desired. Use some Tide or Dawn and a scrub brush to wash the spot, rinse and repeat until your stain is gone. Tide may discolor the black top purple but that will fade.
That's what I do. Crush it in with my foot and leave it for a couple days and repeat.
If the driveway is getting sealed that year, I'll wash the spots after the litter dance.

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You could film an episode of 'Dancing with the Cars' while I'm spreading my kitty litter-tide mix on the driveways

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Re: Removing oil stains?

I have a buddy of mine who has a rep of being the cheapest guy on earth. He tracked some grease and oil in the house and caught hell and a half. So I told him the Cat Litter Two Step but he wasn't going to waste new expensive cat litter so he just went into the house, grabbed the cat-box dumped some out and mashed away. What did he think the cat used the box for?

Cost him a pair of sneakers LOL


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Learned this when I worked at a filling station in high school as we had to clean the parking areas outside the station quarterly before the head honchos from Texas would come to inspect.

Cheapest powdered laundry detergent you can find. Wet area well, pour liberal amounts of detergent, add only enough water to make a thick paste, scrub with a old push broom in circular motion (okay, it'll be old after this). Rinse and repeat.

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Getting ready to epoxy the garage while car is in paint jail. 16 year old tranny fluid stains, oil stains. My God, non-clumping kitty litter and the two-step is the real deal! Most gone after ten minutes! Will leave on overnight and give the water test where if it soaks in and doesn't bead up, its good to go. Will do a little Dawn scrub and rinse away when powerwashing the floor. I never dreamed there was actually a use for a cat but I found one with the litter they require.
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