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How to clean up hydraulic oil?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mkwl, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Well, I blew a hose on my Fisher plow last night plowing (hose had a wear spot I was ignoring, should have replaced it earlier- my fault), luckily had a spare on hand, but it spilled a quart of fluid all over a clients' paver driveway. anyone know the best way to deal with cleaning up the oil (just leave it to wash off in the rain)??? Does it stain pavers?
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Kitty litter works best if put on immediatly and yes it will stain pavers. A good degreaser and scrub brush should take it off, a power washer would also help. Oil is a PITA to get off, as you will find out. Good Luck
  3. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I know that Hydraulic oil does not come off your clothes. I have found that using something like Go Jo and rubbing it into you clothes and then washing as usual works great. As for getting it off the pavers, I don't know.
    I don't think it would hurt to try.
  4. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Nasty stuff. This.

    I'd call a reputable paver supplier or Unilock directly and get their "Immediate" advice.

    Worse case scenario, you have to replace the pavers.
  5. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    when we run out of the good stuff on the fire trucks we use kitty litter. and it does stain you clothes. my bunker gear can testify to that. been cleaned many times still has spots.
  6. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    The solution is to burn the stain off with a torch! I use the torch attachements that hook up to a bbq propane tank. It's neat watching the stains dissapear. It works great on interlock pavers......not sure about asphalt though.
  7. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    hmmmmm ill have to remember that one

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    not my litter:cry:

  9. Simple Green

    full strength

    Simple Green took rustoleom paint off my sweat shirt
    and it wont be an issue re contamination of soil/water
  10. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    If all else fails use brake clean get a spray can and hose it down. As a mechanic I can tell you it is the schiznit.