Removing Oil Stains from Asphalt

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by pcs, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. pcs

    pcs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    Does anyone know a effective way of removing oil stains from asphalt?

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    Let me handle this one guys........ Dawn dish soap. Dont use any thing else. It is biodegradable and safe for the environment. I am a full time firefighter and we have used that stuff every weekend for fifteen years to wash the bay floors of oil drips from the rigs. Put a small amount directly on the oil stain and work it in with a brush and hose it off. It really works, very little effort and you probably have it under your sink.

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  3. Sharper Edge

    Sharper Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    20 plus years in the asphalt business.. use dawn it works.
  4. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    if the asphalt has oil on it and it starts to absorb and gets soft how will dawn soap remove the stain and harden the area?
  5. pcs

    pcs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    Thanks. I'll give this a try tomorrow.

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    Sorry, I am not a chemist. I just know that it works. You may have some problems if the aggregate beneath is exposed. It might then be more difficult to remove but trust me Dawn dish soap works!

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,035

    Please post your findings. Remember you will need to work it in a little but not much. When we wash the bay floors where our vehicles are parked we usually squirt some Dawn directly on the stain and use an old mop on it. That part of the floor is usually cleaner than the rest.
  8. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    ditto, dish soap works. I have had good luck with dawn and other brand dish soaps.
  9. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Was thinking Dawn also. Good stuff.
  10. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,718

    Dawn will work if it is an oilstain , if the asphalt is soft from the oil , it will have to be cut and patched.

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