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Removing oil stains from a driveway - DP
What's the best stuff to use?

I spilled a bit of (used) engine oil when I serviced the Mondeo the other week. I put some sand down to mop up the oil which worked a treat, but it's left an unsightly stain about 8" x 3" which I would like to get rid of or at least fade a bit.

Cheers
DP

Edited by Honestjohn on 17/09/2009 at 18:42

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Removing oil stains off a driveway - SjB {P}
What is the driveway made from?
Removing oil stains off a driveway - DP
Sorry - it's tarmac.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - TheOilBurner
Is it from a diesel? If so, then you may need a small thermonuclear device to remove the resultant stain.

After such a spillage on my garage floor, I got through many gallons of various branded gunk removers and I'm still left with something that looks like the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez!!
Removing oil stains off a driveway - SjB {P}
Well, I can then speak from very recent (last week) experience.

My two year old driveway is surfaced entirely with light duty tarmac and after (a) a discovering that some workmen's Transit van had leaked oil, (b) degreasing my motorcycle chain in situ, (c) washing off the rest of the filth from the bike after a very wet riding holiday, the tarmac was very stained over a wide area.

I had a bottle of Jeyes driveway cleaner (not the same as Jeyes fluid) and it made no mention of not being suitable for tarmac, so I tried it.
Used in recommended concentration it made not a jot of difference, so I tried again, neat, on a test area. After scrubbing it with a broom and leaving for a few minutes I hosed it off (I don't have a hosepipe ban to worry about) and then pressure washed it from a distance of about 12" with an oscillating wand.

The result was clean, undamaged, tarmac so I did the rest; perfect. Looks great, though I wouldn't want to risk making it a regular event.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - TheOilBurner
Seems like the use of cleaner + pressure washer is the way to go.

I might try that on mine.

Ta.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Westpig
washing powder i.e. the stuff you wash your clothes with............pour it over the affected area and allow it to well soak in, overnight if you can.... then remove the soaked in granules, before scrubbing the residue off with hot water.

worked a treat for me...... (but on concrete though)........ when the dog trod on the bowl i had filled with old sump oil and spilt the whole lot down the drive......... i could have murdered the sodding thing, safe in the knowledge it was really my fault for not picking it up quicker
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Falkirk Bairn
Biological washing powder is better than the normal type
Removing oil stains off a driveway - tr7v8
wot the dog?

I've found Coke a Cola works on concrete, might be worth a try on Tarmac.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - David Horn
If you use biological washing powder and leave it overnight, do it after a sunny day so the ground is still warm.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Chris M
If I got tarmac on my clothes, I would hope that biological washing powder would remove the stain. Therefore, wouldn't it remove your driveway (to a degree at least) ?

Chris M
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Stuartli
>>Jeyes driveway cleaner >>

This is, as you state, very effective for removing stains.

Bought two large plastic containers of it at Aldi a few weeks ago at £1.99 each.

To be honest we'd originally believed it to be the "proper" Jeyes fluid which is, as you may be aware, much more expensive.
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Removing oil stains off a driveway - DP
Lots of cracking ideas. Thanks all (keep any more coming!)

Cheers
DP
Removing oil stains off a driveway - bell boy
bottle of stardrops worked in with a good stiff brush and then plenty of water from a hose pipe
(it used to be less than a bob a bottle and now its 68 new pence)
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Altea Ego
I am confused

Tarmac = black, Oil = black

Wot stain?
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Removing oil stains off a driveway - Stuartli
We have red Tarmac on my town's main town centre throughfare...:-)

Unfortunately some barmpot has allowed certain worn short sections to be replaced using a beige colour.

Ludicrous.
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Removing oil stains off a driveway - SjB {P}
Well my tarmac sure as hell ain't black, it's grey, but the oil stains were certainly black!
Removing oil stains off a driveway - defender
hang on a minute .you use all the above chemicals to dissolve a small oil stain then power wash them away .,to where ?down the drain perhaps ,do you think that its ok to add to the polution by adding more chemicals?
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Spospe
I have always used Fairy Liquid and had good results. My method is to pour it neat onto the stain (works well on both concrete and paving blocks) and then rub it in using fingers. Leave for the rain to wash it away so as to give the FL plenty of time to soak in.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Stuartli
>>I had a bottle of Jeyes driveway cleaner>>

Its full title is Jeyes Fluid 'Path, Patio and Drive Cleaner' and can be bought for as little as £1.99 at discount stores or, on the odd occasion, at Aldi.

I use it on our back yard paving flags about once a year. See: www.honestjohn.co.uk/index.php?url=/directories/ur...m

Edited by Honestjohn on 17/09/2009 at 22:06

Removing oil stains off a driveway - Honestjohn
See the entry in:

www.honestjohn.co.uk/index.php?url=/directories/ur...m

HJ
Removing oil stains off a driveway - John S
Tarmac drive? Never use a solvent anything like Gunk as it equally efficiently removes the binder material holding the stones together. Yes, the stain goes but along with the section of drive. Probably strong detergent followed by a bit of weathering is the best option.

JS
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Hamsafar
I always use washing powder or soda crystals (not to be confused with caustic soda) just sprinke over the stain until it looks like a thin covering of snow, and leave it until the weather gets rid of it. Works a treat on both concrete and tarmacadam.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - barney100
Most effective is petrol but you have to make sure it does not run off into drains or it stinks everyone out for a wide area. I used it on my drive and took great care not to let it escape.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Hamsafar
OP Says tarmac drive Barney! Petrol would turn it into a sticky black puddle.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - mk124
One thing you have to consider is that tarmac is basically stones held together by a very heavy oil. To remove oil stains I would recomend something that clears away light oil stains, or else your drive my suffer.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Daedalus
You could try painting the drive with a mix of the same oil/sand etc, it will all match then!!!

Bill
Removing oil stains off a driveway - bumbler
Hello,

I've removed stains successfully using french chalk and the appropriate solvent. You mix the two together into a paste and pile it on the stain. As the mix dries out, it absorbs the stain.

Hope this helps you.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Roger Jones
Good suggestion. Where do you obtain French chalk these days?
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Statistical outlier
France?
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Gerwain
French chalk is, (or was), used in bicycle puncture repair.
It is sprinkled on the patch area, (over the excess glue), to stop the tube sticking to the casing.
However, the quantity supplied, in puncture repair kits, is very small and it usually requires grating to make the powder.
Try bicycle wholesalers?
Removing oil stains off a driveway - L'escargot
I think French chalk and talcum powder are basically the same thing. tinyurl.com/cyfov5
Removing oil stains off a driveway - FotheringtonThomas
Good suggestion. Where do you obtain French chalk these days?


It's ground talc, which is a very soft rock, and is talcum powder, as mentioned by others in the thread.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - 1400ted
Pal of mine repaired trucks. Had a break-in one night. Scrote came through roof, onto roof of truck and the dropped to the floor. In the morning pal opened up and found two expensive trainers drenched in sump oil and his drain tray half empty. I don't think he managed get the oil off to use them himself ! Good result though !
Ted
Removing oil stains off a driveway - welshlad
what you need to do is wait till your sat watching TV with SWMBO and say 'you know even though your a genius with the housework...even you could'nt clean that oil off the driveway' by the time you get home from work the next day it will be spotless only downside is a very smug missus for a few days
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Halmer
Be careful with the pressure washer. I stood talking to a neighbour and blasted a hole in my tarmac drive.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - CGNorwich
Fullers earth (otherwise known as cat litter - the cheap variety) will absorb the oil. Sprinkle liberally and leave for 24 hours Don't use in wet conditons.
Removing oil stains off a driveway - PST
My neighbour has a ten year old station run 3 series that has a persistent oil leak. He's been told it's too expensive to fix so it sits parked in the road dribbling oil (you can see a long string of the stuff hanging down most days) and he puts a few litres in each week.

Consequently the patch of road outside his house is looking a bit Amoco Cadizy - I fully expect to see a blackened cormorant flapping around in it sooner or later.

Anyway, what happened to the bacteria that I seem to remember were available for "eating" oil?

These three ranges of products are mentioned in:

www.honestjohn.co.uk/index.php?url=/directories/ur...m

but has anyone got any experience of these products?

Edited by Honestjohn on 17/09/2009 at 18:45

Removing oil stains off a driveway - joelscott
I'd suggest trying out OIL GONE EASY HOME & DRIVEWAY S-200. I tried this product to remove oil stains in my driveway and the result was just amazing! It was as if there had never been a stain in the first place. Not only does this work well it also does not require any cleanup like other products that I've used in the past. If you want to know more about it, you can check out their site at

www.honestjohn.co.uk/index.php?url=/directories/ur...m


(Various possible attempts at free advertising have been removed from here and place d in the Useful Websites Directory. HJ)

Edited by Honestjohn on 17/09/2009 at 18:46

Removing oil stains off a driveway - Stuartli
joelscott's posting seems suspiciously like the Spam postings you get on computer website forums - even more so as he/she has only just joined and this is the first posting......


Edited by Stuartli on 17/09/2009 at 14:04

Removing oil stains off a driveway - henry k
I agree with you but I do not think sales will boom at that price plus unknown shipping costs from NJ. :-)
Removing oil stains off a driveway - Jonathan {p}
You could try this product

www.honestjohn.co.uk/index.php?url=/directories/ur...m

looks like they offer free samples which may be enough for you.

Edited by Honestjohn on 17/09/2009 at 22:05

Removing oil stains off a driveway - madf
I use potting compost mixed with John Innes or sawdust - sieved to a fine mulch.

Spread on and leave. Works wonders.


Edited by madf on 17/09/2009 at 19:04

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