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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2014

How do you get grease spots off outdoor pavers

Removing grease spots from pavers

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My method - first soak up all you can with rags or paper towels - just leting it soak into towel, do NOT scrub or wipe as that will emded it and cause it to penetrate more. If globs of grease like axle grease, first scrape up all you can with a paper plate cut across the middle and pusing both edges together like two dustpans to pick up the worst of it.

Then, if liquidy pool or wet stain with free oil like motor oil or runnier (as opposed to globs of grease), cover with garage floor absorbent sweeping compound or fine kitty litter for a day - grind in with your foot a bit to get good dusting and penetration. Silty sand works too but not as well.

Then sweep up absorbent, and put on concentrated degreaser - concentrated blue Dawn, liquid Tide, clothing stain prespotter, NAPA Purple Cleaner/Degreaser all work well, and some people swear by Murphys Soap or automotive hand cleaner. Let sit several hours, then hose off. IF still significant discoloration, put on again and scrub well with stiff bristle brush or old toothbrush - just don't smear it over areas not already stained, then wash off.

Final step if needed - I spray with automotive spray Brake Cleaner and wipe up with paper towel after a minute or so - may take several times to get all the remaining oil out. Then hose off. If just small dots of oil spots with no real quantity of grease or oil, I just go straight to this step. BEWARE - some types are flammableso don't use near source of ignition, and keep off clothes, and off hands - pulls the oil out of skin and can cause nasty skin cracking or rash on some people, so wear rubber gloves - not latex, it dissolves that (as well as many synthetic rubbers).

When doing the washing off, remember to rapidly get it totally off the surface, because if you let the wash water settle on the pavers or concrete or asphalt drive, it will spot there, or on asphalt lift the oil out of the surface of the paving, so be prepared to hose off the entire drive/patio.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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