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Old 01-29-2014, 10:17 AM  
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Speaking of bleach, my G/F spilled a quart of very dark brown latex paint on my beige Berber carpeting. After sponging most of it, she sprinkled Comet bleach powder on the carpet, and the stain totally disappeared. Obviously, this approach should be used as a last ditch effort, but bleach is surely a wonder chemical if used cautiously.

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Old 01-30-2014, 07:10 AM  
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If there is nowhere else for them to park, unroll a carpet remnant and have them park over it when they visit. Save driveway and relationship.

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Apply lightly in repeated steps to reduce flow. Dam it with duct tape made into a rim along the bottom edge to contain the possible runoff.
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I like to use a water-soluable degreaser like Purple Power from Wal-Mart on oil or transmission fluid in driveways or wood. I buy the gallon container, and don't bother with the various sprays. Of course, this is in warmer weather.

Pour it on, scrub it back and forth with a broom, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then hose it off. Let it dry, and see if a second application is needed.

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I agree vince, best cleaner and it's fairly cheap too.
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My advice would be to use chemical spill or a power washer!
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Sounds like you have good advice on removing the existing stains.
Next time the in-laws drop in, have a piece of cardboard ready. Just slip it under the front end of their vehicle. No need to have a discussion, just do it casually. If it comes up for discussion, simply explain you noticed the leak and wanted to protect the driveway.

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