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capri man

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From: doerun, ga.
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posted 07-15-2003 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
what is the best way to clean oil off of a cement driveway???

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posted 07-16-2003 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike Tide and brush has worked for me.

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posted 07-16-2003 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pressure washer.

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no juice

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From: ontario,canada
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posted 07-16-2003 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for no juice     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another vote for Tide and a srub brush.

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posted 07-16-2003 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65darkhorse   Click Here to Email 65darkhorse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone ever try "Simply Green"?

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From: Florida
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posted 07-16-2003 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beachbum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to use a commercial degreaser like
tricholorethylene but haven't seen it available lately in stores. It worked great, cleaning all the grease and oil but is a toxin.

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posted 07-16-2003 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The purple Castrol degreaser has worked for me too.

Before we started using that we used to pour gas and scrub with a wire brush, sometimes we'd even light it up , but it left a stain afterwards .


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posted 07-16-2003 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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thumpin cat

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posted 07-16-2003 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thumpin cat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
detergent and wire brush.
pressure washers are good too.

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posted 07-16-2003 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
tricholorethylene or 1-1-1 please don't use this unless your trained,use proper safety equiment and don't mind tilting your head to the right and having Gray matter slide from your ear

Any good commercial cleaner and elbow grease.
Then fix the leak

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From: Waterford,MI
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posted 07-17-2003 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigblocked85   Click Here to Email bigblocked85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, This is going to sound stupid but try it. I use a brick and some spill dry. Sprinkle the spill dry over the area and take the brick and actually grind the spill dry into your concrete. It doesnt take that much work. Just grind it in a circular motion and afterwards sweep up the area. Dont knock it till you try it. LOL

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From: Spencer, WV
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posted 07-17-2003 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those REALLY tough spots you can't beat Muriatic Acid! It's cheap by the gallon, and sold at Hardware stores. It's used for cleaning masonary and lowering the pH of swimming pools.

Just watch out for that 'acid fog' from it's reaction with concrete, and be sure to rinse with plenty of water. Wear goggles so you do NOT get it in your eyes!!!!

The 'cleaned' spot will look very white and brand new... It probably won't match the rest of the driveway.

The safest option is detergent and a scrub brush. Purple cleaners (such as Castrol Super Clean) and the generic equivalents you can buy at Advance and Auto Zone also work well when you scrub them in.

Good Luck!

Mike Burch
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Big D

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posted 07-17-2003 03:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought another Purple Cleaner/Degreaser at AutoZone.. It is a generic brand "Purple Buster" or something like that.. Anyway,, it is the strongest purple cleaner I have found,, It should be great for driveways.. All I know is it tarnishes metal such ash polished aluminum as soon as it gets on it..

There is an Orange Cleaner/Degreaser out that works pretty good too.. And,, it smells pretty good also..

So who are you going to hire to start cleaning??


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From: Lynn Haven FL
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posted 07-18-2003 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67stang   Click Here to Email 67stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a hot sauce in the cabinets that says you can use it to clean driveways.

I don't have a driveway, so I don't know how to clean them.

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From: Greenbrier, TN USA
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posted 07-20-2003 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dawn dishwashing liquid usually does a good job for me.


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posted 12-10-2003 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:

Steve, oh how you can be so funny sometimes.

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