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Cleaning off driveway engine oil

Any suggestion of cleaning off engine oil leaked on the concrete driveway?

Car had an oil leak and got quite a bit on the driveway. I imagine it'll be likely impossibly to clean it completely. But anything I can at least remove some of the oil and/or the stain?
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Brake kleen or wd-40
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boyohboy wrote: Any suggestion of cleaning off engine oil leaked on the concrete driveway?

Car had an oil leak and got quite a bit on the driveway. I imagine it'll be likely impossibly to clean it completely. But anything I can at least remove some of the oil and/or the stain?
OK, here's what i do for engine oil leaks in my garage. I sweep up the really fine dust from all over the garage floor and I put the dust on the oil spill. I sweep the dust back and forth across the oil spill and the dust will pick up the oil. When the dust is saturated with oil, I sweep up the now oily dust and throw it away. Then I repeat with new dust until the stain is almost gone. When the dust doesn't seem to be picking up any more oil, i just leave a layer of dust on the oil spill and it will continue to absorb over time.

I find that the finer the dust, the better. I imagine there are commercial products that do the same thing.
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schade wrote: Brake kleen or wd-40
Spray them on and soak up with paper towel I guess?
poymeister wrote: OK, here's what i do for engine oil leaks in my garage. I sweep up the really fine dust from all over the garage floor and I put the dust on the oil spill. I sweep the dust back and forth across the oil spill and the dust will pick up the oil. When the dust is saturated with oil, I sweep up the now oily dust and throw it away. Then I repeat with new dust until the stain is almost gone. When the dust doesn't seem to be picking up any more oil, i just leave a layer of dust on the oil spill and it will continue to absorb over time.

I find that the finer the dust, the better. I imagine there are commercial products that do the same thing.
Was that fresh oil leak in your case? Mine is actually been there for awhile as I didn't have time to get it done. Hope that it'll still work. Maybe instead of "dust", I can try with some dryed-out topsoil, playsand??
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Simple Green and a pressure washer.
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Drakestar wrote: I just use cat litter.
arh yes, should have thought of this considering I had cats before.

Guess my plan is to try some of the products mentioned to first lift/dissolve the oil abit, the soak up with cat litter then..
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Thanks for the pointers guys...
smitty9999 wrote: Simple Green and a pressure washer.
I've done this before. It works, but might need to do it a few times.

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Pressure washer and dish soap will also work well
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Kitty litter and other absorbing material is useless when the oil has soaked into the stone and dried.
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Other than aesthetics, is there anything wrong with leaving oil stains untreated?
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The BEHR concrete cleaner has worked well enough for me over the years.
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Jay-c wrote: I have a bag of absorbent product from Princess Auto, works like a charm on the concrete floor in garage. Never tried it elsewhere but assume it would work same on concrete or asphalt driveways
33 lbs of it! You get a workout just lugging this bag home ;)

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