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Old 12-17-2011, 03:33 PM
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What is best method to clean some oil/ATF stains from my concrete floor?

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Old 12-17-2011, 03:36 PM
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dish soap / scrub brush
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Been there done that. When I bought our current house the first thing I done before anything was brought into the garage was put down some epoxy floor paint. That stuff is great!! I cant say enough good things about it!
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What is best method to clean some oil/ATF stains from my concrete floor?
If the stains are bad many parts stores sell driveway/concrete cleaner. It's much like a heavy duty alkaline 409-type cleaner, and is also good for grease removal from parts, etc. Just read and follow the label directions regarding painted and aluminum, etc. surfaces.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:24 AM
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you can get muriatic acid to clean concrete also, if its really bad
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We had a broom handle with a 2ft piece of 2x4 attached like a broom head. Throw down some speedy dry and grind it in with the wooden broom. You will be amazed how much of the stain it removes with no stink or chemicals.
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Gotta tip from a DIY magazine many years ago. It works pretty good to pour some mineral spirits onto the stains and then cover with some oil dry or cat litter and let stand a day or two. When you sweep it up the stain is gone, or at least drastically faded.
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I get good results with damp powdered laundry detergent with bleach and a scrub brush...

For really stubborn ones I've had good luck with engine degreaser....
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The Purple stuff from walmart.

scrub in with broom then hit with hose.

worked on gear oil.

If really really bad rent dry Ice machine and blast it away.

I had to use the DRYICE to get the grim off plastic extrusion towers for inspections.















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The Purple stuff from walmart.
scrub in with broom then hit with hose.
worked on gear oil.

If really really bad rent dry Ice machine and blast it away.
I had to use the DRYICE to get the grim off plastic extrusion towers for inspections.
i use purple power as a degreaser also, it would work well also

at work, one of the load racks uses a dry ice blaster for cleaning asphalt off of stuff
they are one of the coolest things i have ever seen
because all the dry ice just disappears into a gas (you don't have water everywhere, like with a pressure washer)
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I haven't tried this yet, but a friend takes powdered Tide laundry detergent and mixes it with a small amount of water until it's like a paste. Then he applies to the oil stain, brushes it with a stiff brush, lets it dry for a day or 2 and sweeps it away
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Purple stuff works really good,Walmart sell the Green solvent

think the main ingredient was sodium hydroxide think it is sold by the quart.

The DRY ICE machine that the company rent was a monster used alot of air

the nozzle would get so cold my gloves froze to it.
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