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Old 01-25-2014, 10:01 AM  
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Default Oil and Transmission Fluid Stains on Inclined Driveway

Hey guys. I got a problem here. My in-laws seem to leave car fluid stains on our driveway each time they have visited. We suspect the stains are oil and transmission fluid and we are thinking about barring them from our home but that's another story. Anyway, the stains were annoying before but after getting more now and in bigger sizes they are downright unsightly.

I know there are various products out there that claim to take care of this. The problem is that our concrete driveway is inclined and all fluids eventually run off. Most of the cleaning products seem to work best if let to sit from what I've read.

Is there a way to keep fluids settled on this type of driveway? Also, if someone knows of a special product that will REALLY get the job done I am all ears. Thanks.



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Use sawdust to keep liquid in place, you still may have to chase it around with a broom, but it will give you a chance.



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I've always had success with powdered laundry detergent with bleach in it. It will absorb the oils and lighten up the stain if allowed to sit on the spot for a few days.

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nealtw,
With the sawdust, do you create a basin with it to put the liquid in?

havasu,
The powdered detergent with bleach is an interesting idea. Does it lighten it enough to where you can't tell it was even there or the stain still remains somewhat visible?

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The powdered detergent with bleach is an interesting idea. Does it lighten it enough to where you can't tell it was even there or the stain still remains somewhat visible?

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I let the detergent sit for a few days, then hit it with a wire brush and depending on your concrete, most, if not all will vanish.
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I've not tried it on a hill and I just used gas and sawdust mixed. Some concrete cleans up better than others. And it depends on how long it has been there. I like the bleach idea

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You are right that all concrete composition is different and some works better than others.

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While we are talking about bleach, I am a new fan. Last year I helped a freind retile the bathroom shower cause it leaked and stained the ceiling down stairs. The ceiling never got delt with but another freind said to spay it with 50% bleach, sounded cheap so what the hay, we tried it. Stain gone in minutes, unbelievable.

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Here is a product which might help you ... pour it on, let it dry to a powder, sweep and DONE.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=pour+n+restore&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=31058908045&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=& hvnetw=g&hvrand=16821989441755958974&hvpone=29.99& hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7j7gr2vp2r_e

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How do you stop it from running down the hill.


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