Grease/Oil Stains on Asphalt

Can anyone tell me how to get grease/oil removed from asphalt? I've heard kitty litter works, but some of the stains could be as old as 5 months. Thanks a bunch.

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try using some dawn dishwashing liquid. let it soak awhile and scrub with a brush

its biodegradable too.

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Kitty litter will absorb large grease puddles, but won't remove stains. I've heard that sprinkling powdered Tide on the stain will soak most of it up, then add water and scrub with a broom, or gently use a pressure washer (careful, you might wash away the driveway). - Marti

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For grease/oil stains on asphalt you might try

Trisodium Phosphate (TSP), available in stores that sell paint, and a stiff bristle brush.


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OXY CLEAN or Spic'n'Span might work on that oil too. But use cat litter first to absorb as much as possible & stomp it in good. - Linne

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Putting Down some clean sand over the area absorbs a lot of the spill before cleaning with a detergent. this must be swept up and discarded before sealing or cleaning. I noticed a new "primer" for use over oil stains sold at Lowes in the same area as driveway sealer. Good Luck.

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how can you remove a nail polish stain from a bedding cover?

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Hi Mary,

We put this in as a new request:

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i used kitty litter, dawn, stiff brush and the bleached out area from the kitty litter is the most noticeable now. any ideas for the white area? simple green helped cover the oil stain.

will i need to reseal this area of the asphalt?


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I am wondering if the suggestions work for gasoline too. It seems my gas tank sprung a leak and the gas has been on the driveway for at least 18 hours and seems to be almost eating the asphalt. What do you think?

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Try Coca Cola

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I have 2 products and have used both on concrete, asphalt, clothing etc with good results:

DRIVEAWAY, degreaser and heavy duty cleaner, 32 oz, about $4-5. Mfg by TRJN Inc. PO Bx4246, Carlsbad, CA, Part #DG 0131 or DG 6131

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