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HELP! Your ideas for cleaning oil stains off concrete??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SCRIBE35, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Berryman's engine degreaser worked best for me. Spray it on, let it soak (don't let it evaporate), and rinse.

    Had a "Nervous Nellie" myself once and was always cleaning stains off the sidewalk.

    Be careful if you decide to play with acid. I replaced a stubborn oil stain with a blazing white patch before.
  2. Bob 1743
    Joined: Jan 1, 2006
    Posts: 447

    Bob 1743

    Cheap oven cleaner from the dollar store. Rattle can type. Spray it on, wait a few minutes, hose it off.
  3. V4F
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,199

    from middle ca.

    degreaser . bleach .
  4. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    This works.
  5. carbuilder
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 982


    I use Kitty litter all the time & have for 20 plus years just lay a good coat down on the area & just a little beyond then just grind it in with my boots sweep it up some times I have to redo but very unlikley. I keep a 5 gallon bucket in the corner ready for when I need it & reuse it till it all is pretty dark then just by another bag.
  6. Metaltwister
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 891


    Available as Muriatic acid at paint or hardware stores.

    X2 it will turn your concrete white.... as soon as you hit it with water it will neutralize the acid and its safe for the drain. Same stuff you put in your swimming pool. Full strength, broom in and let set for about 10 minutes. Its golden. :D Repeat as needed. Did I mention a quarter cup of butter as well. Seriously it works well, short of sandblasting.:rolleyes:
  7. carbking
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,118


    Lots of stains - muriatic acid, as others have mentioned, and rinse.

    Only a few stains - oven cleaner, and rinse.

    I have used the muriatic outside, and the oven cleaner in my garage.

  8. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

  9. If you use muriatic acid be sure to toss out the unused remainder. I found out the hard way that it somehow escapes ANY containers and will rust or corrode anything, including tools, in your shop within a week.
  10. Muriatic Acid
  11. Metaltwister
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 891


    LOL if your moving leave an open container under the water heater. LOL :rolleyes:

    Just kidding!
  12. Lowriders Art Gallery
    Joined: Apr 9, 2010
    Posts: 612

    Lowriders Art Gallery
    from Montana

    I have had good results on fairly fresh stains using laquer thinner and sawdust. Pour the thinner on the spot, and while it is wet, let the sawdust absorb it. Probably a little more expensive than some remedies, but I used what I had, and it worked well.
  13. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,367

    from South Indy

    Ive' had good luck with wheel cleaner that has acid in it. Spray om scrub with a stiff wire brush then use powdered laundry detergent thick and pasty.P.S. NOT the kind of acid Cheech and Chong use!:D
  14. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,799

    from NJ

    Iv'e always sprayed the area with carburetor cleaner to loosen the oil and then quickly blot the area with clean paper towels while the carb cleaner is still wet to remove the oil. Then I wet the concrete and dirctly apply Dawn dishwashing detergent and scrub with a stiff scrub brush, then wash of with a hose. Usually works like a charm !
  15. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,122


    I just dampen the spot and then hand apply some Tide laundry soap (The granular type) and let the sun do its thing. Within a week it is fading fast.
  16. gc427
    Joined: Aug 10, 2009
    Posts: 122

    from SoCal

    Soak the oily area with mineral spirits and cover area with the oil absorb kitty litter stuff.

    Sweep up the oil absorb stuff then do the water and tide thing afterwards.

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