cleaning spilled grease

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ok so far the best cleaner for getting spilled grease of the concrete floor is BLEACH. and oven cleaner on the bad bad bad spots. my drive looks almost new again. i went to some dollar store and bought 4 cans of oven cleaner one dollar each and 3--1 gallons of bleach $1.20 each. i sprayed the oven cleaner on the worse places then poured all 3 gallons of bleach all over my driveway. almost looks new again. next is the garage and oh boy i might need a truck load of bleach for that...lol

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yep, someone even called hazmat to my house. when they found out it was just veggie and not gas, diesel, ect. they didnt care. but its spring and time to clean. might even get the pool open this weekend.

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Well, I wondered how to clean up the spills. I'll have to get the Clorox out this evening. I experimented with a oil pump yesterday and ended up with several spots. Engine oil pump from a small block Chevy. Sucks like a "Six Month Old Calf". I have the hoses just friction fit in the ports and they've stayed so far. Running with a half-inch battery powered drill for the moment. Probably go dumpster diving with it some time this week.

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Forrest, is your driveway concrete?

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don't mind me. i read i too fast.

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I use cat litter and spread it around after I'm done filtering. When it is fresh, it soaks right up in the clay...get the cheap stuff, rub it around with your shoe and it cleans right up. If it sets till dry your SOL. I keep it around my barrels so I can sweep back out as soon as a spill occurs.
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FOREST,can you post before and after picks of the grease spill on your driveway ???

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Another good cleaner for grease is a gallon degreaser found
at Smart and Final and other janitorial supply places. This is specifically made for meat dept. floors in grocery stores. The red degreaser works great and is about $7.00 a gallon and
mixes to make over 50 gallons. Just slop it on and let it sit for
10 minutes or so and either hose it off or mop it . Great stuff.

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If you have a dryer keep the lint that collects in the lint filter. It soaks up oil very well. I initially soak up oil spills with it and then get the "stain" thats left out with degreaser. I keep buckets of lint ready and waiting. Best thing is it's FREE.

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BUCKETS of LINT????

Dude, you have too much time on your hand if you cna collect buckets of lint. Either that or a lot of women in the family. I mean for me its one guy and 3 Female types and A lot of laundry gets dried in my basement, but buckets would be years accumualtion.

But I think the thing Forest was pointing to is AFTER its no longer easy to get up cause it dun dried.

I am going to looking at this method personally (i also like the meat degreaser idea.... thinking of slopping it on and power washing it down later on.) I am being sent from the garage to the shed. (banished some might say) So im going to have to clean up my "lessons" in the garage

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I spilled VO in the back of my wife's van. I used kitty litter to soak it up. It took a few applications to get it dry, but it worked. I use kitty litter on my concrete as well. If you let it sit long enough, it will dry the floor completely with only a slight stain.

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Originally posted by: mr booly
I spilled VO in the back of my wife's van. I used kitty litter to soak it up. It took a few applications to get it dry, but it worked. I use kitty litter on my concrete as well. If you let it sit long enough, it will dry the floor completely with only a slight stain.
That is what lint does, absorb it but you only have to do it once. Just "dab" the oil and all that is left is the stain. And yes, I have collected it for years.....been in the same house for 13 years with same dryer location. Just clean the lint filter and collect it in a bucket instead of throwing it away (that should impress you greenies, although 'saving the earth' is not my impetus). I'll never pay to absorb oil spills ever again.

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newest clean up stuff i found is from checker. comes in little plastic bottles. you can put it down and sweep it back up and use again. about 5.69 for a bottle. I got 6 bottles.

hand on lemmme go get it.

its selesctsorb automotive oil absorbant. it cleaned last years spills of vo in the garage. i am also using it on the automotive stains in the driveway. wish old mbs didn't leakHAHAHAHAHA.

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I just love it when guys get to talking about cleaning. I get tingley all over.

So, I guess the best clean-up solution would be based on whether you have a "spill" or a "leak" to deal with. And also maybe whether the spots are old or new.

The newfangled "splashless" bleach is my preference for most things, it's easier to control and still cheap. I have used kitty litter too, but I put it down in the garage and left it rather than sweeping it up right away. So I managed to track it all over the inside of my house downstairs. Oh, and if it gets too wet you just end up with MUD all over the place. Not fun. But I still use it on new oil spills/drips in the driveway.

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Another thing to use is saw dust from a local wood mill or shop. after it soaks it up you can make "wood logs" by packing the mix into a quart or 1/2 gallon milk container (cardboard box). These burn well in a wood stove with a nice bed of red hot coals. I've burned only 3 or 4 and mine were a little to big, and my ash pan (which i don't use) was full of oil after. I'm thinking a drip pan built for in the box and small logs which I will try next year. Nice thing is that the saw dust is free, you get the chance to get rid of junk, and you generate heat. nice.....

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I have used old newspaper and cellulose insulation (also made from old newspapers) to absorb the suface stuff . I follow up with a scrubb with the purple degreaser and water solution purchased at Walmart automotive dept. Not perfect but acceptabley clean .

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BUMPED FOR FUTURE WVO USERS.ALSO BECAUSE SWIMGYM USED THE WORD TINGLEY.

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Biodiesel Glyceron also works very well, I made soap from some of mine and it works great for prespotting oil spot in cloths.

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Fine sawdust works great to soak it up. I collect the sawdust from under my table saw and save it in bags. It paid off when I overfilled my trunk mounted VO tank and had gallons of VO in the trunk of my 300CD

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