How to clean this oil spill stain from driveway if council cant help?

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Start soaking up an oil spill in the driveway with kitty litter, sawdust, baking soda or cornstarch before cleaning the area with...

An oil spill in the middle of a concrete driveway can make the most well-kept home seem dingy. The Michigan State University...

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You don’t really need a set of instructions to remove trash from your driveway, only the will and the energy to do it regularly. It also doesn’t take much to sweep down a paved driveway every few days. What might be tough, though, is getting rid of stains. Here’s the lowdown:

Concrete and Brick Driveways

Oil, Grease, or Antifreeze Stains

The most common stains are caused by oil or radiator fluid dripping from vehicles. Putting kitty litter on oil that’s fresh should soak up most of it. After a day or two, shovel it up and discard it. But if the oil has been on the driveway for a while, it’s probably going to ruin your day – or even several of your days. Here are some suggestions from the Michigan State University Extension Service. The suggestions apply to antifreeze and grease stains as well as oil stains:

Apply liquid laundry detergent straight from the bottle, let it sit, then scrub it off with a stiff, wet broom. Rinse, let dry, and repeat....
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You are going to have a real hard time cleaning it. I had a similar situation, and the stains are still there after 15 years.

I haven't tried this solution myself. I am inventing it on the spot from my chemistry background. What you can try is a long therapy with a high power steamer (heats, liquefy and mechanically strips the oil, hopefully) and something adsorbing, with low polarity and high pores, like cat litter, but also normal sand. Don't use hydrocloric acid (muriatic) as you are only going to ruin the concrete and obtain nothing. Oil is not attacked by acids. You will just corrode the concrete and intoxicate everyone around. It's also useless to try to soapify it with sodium hydroxide: engine oil cannot be made into soap, it's not vegetal oil. Photodegradation is your best chance, so you could try to put a UV light for a year above it ? Hardly doable.

Don't try to dissolve it with other oil, alcohol or solvents. The only thing you will obtain is to expand the...

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Related to : How to Clean an Oil Spill in the Driveway How to Clean up an Oil Spill in Your Driveway by javascript in Home & Garden Driveway oil spills are unsightly and dangerous due to their slickness and toxicity. These spills can be caused by a recent oil change or a car that leaks small amounts of oil. Because of its dense, sticky consistency, oil is difficult to clean up. Oil does not mix with water and, therefore, cannot
How to Clean an Oil Spill in the Driveway by iNate2000 in Home & Garden If oil spilled on your driveway -- perhaps from a leak in your car -- clean it up as soon as possible. It's especially important to remove an oil spill from your driveway before it rains. Otherwise, it may wash away into the soil or storm drains, possibly working its way into nearby water sources. Y
How to Clean Oil Spill From Concrete Driveway by bicho44 in Home & Garden An oil spill in the middle of a concrete driveway can make the most well-kept home seem dingy....
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An oil-stained driveway can lessen your home value. Learn how to clean it.

Just what you wanted: Something else to clean. The fact is that the condition of your driveway can have a huge bearing on the overall appearance and curb appeal of your house and impact the value of your property if your house is on the market. It is important to know how to clean a driveway as part of your total property maintenance regimen.

If you have a concrete driveway that is stained with oil, dump a handful of clay kitty litter on the stain. Kitty litter will absorb oil. Give the litter time to soak up the oil and then sweep it up and dispose of. Then, apply powdered laundry detergent to the area and use a brush to scrub the area. Do not use water. After scrubbing, remove the detergent. The next step requires making a paste out of the powdered laundry detergent combined with water. Scrub the paste onto the stain. Let it dry and then scrape off the paste. This an excellent process for...

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Start soaking up an oil spill in the driveway with kitty litter, sawdust, baking soda or cornstarch before cleaning the area with dish soap and water. Repeat the steps for cleaning an oil spill until it's gone with help from a professional house cleaner in this free video on oil cleaning tips.

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Hi I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to clean an oil spill in your driveway. First off you want to soak it up so grab some kitty litter, it works really well or if you have sawdust or baking soda, cornstarch, anything that's really, really absorbent and you want to sprinkle it onto the oil spill. Let it soak it up really well and this driveway is aggregate, it's a little more textured and it's not as easy to just scrub a spot up, but it's possible and you want it to look nice. Put the kitty litter on there. Don't let some fall out of the dustpan and so you'll have more to sweep up next time like I just did. Sweep it up as best as you can....

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If your car is leaking it can leave unsightly oil spills on your driveway or cemented garage flooring. Not only are they unsightly, they can pose danger on someone who may step on them and fall. They are also great dust and dirt magnets. Concrete can resist most liquid but when it is left for a long period of time it can seep through the surface and leave a stain. Here are some tips on how to clean off oil spills on the driveway or cement.

If the oil spill is quite new blot out most of the spill with sheets of newspapers until you have soaked up most of the oil. Spray the area with water and squirt some dishwashing soap on the stain. Make sure the area around the oil spot as well as where the water will run is wet to prevent the remaining oil from staining other areas. Use a stiff nylon brush to work a good lather and scrub the area vigorously. If there is not too much oil, you can safely let it flow down your yard but it the amount of oil that has been spilled is quite...
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Removing an Oil Stain from the Driveway

Tim Carter, nationally syndicated columnist of Ask the Builder, recommends a simple solution to cleaning oil stains from a driveway: dishwashing detergent. Dishwashing detergent removes oil and grease from plates and it removes oil stains from driveways. Dishwashing detergent can be used safely on both concrete and asphalt driveways, making it the first stop for removing both new and old oil stains.

What You Will Need Before You Start:

Dishwashing detergent Stiff broom Water Hose

For a fresh stain, apply the dishwashing detergent over the stained area in a thick layer. Old stains require that you wet down the stained area before applying the detergent. Allow it to penetrate the stain for five minutes. The time allows the detergent to start breaking down the oil. Add a small amount of water to the detergent. Use a stiff broom to scrub the surface of the stained driveway. Rinse with clear water. You will see...

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If you search online for ways to remove oil stains, you'll come across all kinds of things. One of the most common suggestions I've come across from "experts" is to use a brick to grind cat litter into the concrete. This does absorb wet oil on the top of the concrete, but it doesn't really get rid of the stain.

The best solution is cool product called Pour-N-Restore. It goes on as a liquid and dries into a powder. The company's website claims that the product soaks into the concrete and pulls up embedded oil stains, capturing them in the dry powder. Whatever it does, it works! I've used it several times on my driveway and I can't even tell where the stains were.

Another cool thing about this product is that you're not rinsing oily slime off the driveway into the grass or down a drain. Pour-N-Restore holds the oil in the powder, so you just sweep it all up. The back of the label also states that it's biodegradable and phosphate-free.
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Motor oil and grease can leak from cars onto the ground below them causing noticeable and ugly stains.


Below I've collected tips for removing oil stains from concrete and driveways, so you can clean up after these messes and get on with your life.

There are really several parts to this process though.

First, you've got to clean up the fresh oil or grease drips, removing as much of the liquid that has spilled from the surface of the concrete or driveway.

Once the fresh oil is removed then the real fun begins -- getting the stains it has caused removed, which is the second part of the process.

The tips below go through both of these steps in the process for you.

In addition, I have another suggestion for what to do after you remove the stains, to clean your concrete driveway, and seal it to prevent future staining. After all, after all that hard work, who wants to have to do it all over again?

Of course,...

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Anything involving the lifting of pavers needs to be done properly if you want it to look original when it's put back.

1. Always number the pavers when they are lifted. They fade / wear over time and if not put back in exactly the right order it won't look right when viewed from a distance.

I've seen plenty of situations around the CBD where this wasn't done by contractors installing cables etc and it's a real nightmare even for the experienced pavers to work it out from scratch. It comes down to moving them aound like doing a jigsaw then standing back and taking a look. Takes forever so always number them.

2. Unless they are small or not too old, you need to get them the right way around too. The side that faced north needs to still be facing north. It won't look 100% perfect due to uneven wear if you don't put them back the same way.

3. If you turn one over and put what was the bottom facing up then you'll need to do the whole lot at least as far as the next...

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