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How to clean an oil stain from a brick driveway?
My car leaked gearbox oil and power steering fluid onto my renting parking space and I have to clean it up.
Unfortunately it has soaked into the bricks and I have no idea how to clean it up.
Any ideas? Does this need a professional with special equipment? Is the only option to replace the stained bricks?
Try a power washer, or degreasing detergent.
Failing that replace bricks, its not a big job.
Answered 19th Oct 2011
Hi try spraying WD40 on to the stains and if this does n,t work replace with second hand blocks so they dont stand out.
Answered 20th Oct 2011
Oil will penetrate readily into a paved area, but will not stain if any spillage is removed promptly with an absorbent material such as paper towels or cloth. The spillage should be soaked up, not rubbed, as this will spread it over a larger area, driving the contaminant into the paving. Should a stain persist, the surface can be scrubbed with a strong detergent and then washed away with hot water. Care must be taken, as this method may also result in a slight loss of pigment in some concrete products. For stubborn stains use an emulsifying degreaser, which should be brushed into the affected area, left for a specific period of time and then washed off with plenty of clean water.
Answered 21st Nov 2011