How to Remove Hydraulic Oil Stains from Asphalt

Oil stains of any kind on asphalt or roadways can be an ugly mess. They can leave the pavement with a dark stain that will look bad for years! EatOils™ BT200™ actually fades away the stains in just a few weeks. Here’s an example of one of the worst hydraulic spills we’ve seen, as documented by one of our clients.

Hydraulic oil spilled on asphalt several weeks after spill – as at April 10, 2013.

Hydraulic oil spilled on asphalt several weeks after spill – as at April 10, 2013.

Keith Drew of Renew Crew of Greenville, in Greenville, SC, was challenged with a really bad hydraulic oil stain at the local Honda dealership. Keith and his crew were called in to try to make the problem go away. Keith called us to see how our EatOils™ BT200™ could help to remove the stain. We gave him the tools he needed to do the job and this is his feedback – Here’s what he wrote to us on May 15th.

hydraulic oil clean-up after 1 month

Same spill May 13, 2013, after one month of weekly spraying with EatOils(TM) BT200(TM)

“As you can see this spill happened at a Honda Dealership in Greenville, SC. They were taking a delivery of new cars from a auto transporter, when the transporter blew a hydraulic line. Obviously the hydraulic oil spewed everywhere and they were unable to move the transporter it so it continued unabated for a while. The dealership went back and forth with the transporter company for several weeks before calling us and even threatened to sue if the spill was not cleaned up or the lot repaved.

The transport company called us to clean up the spill – and we told them that hydraulic oil on asphalt is one of the hardest spills to clean up – especially a month after the spill occurred. So, we told them we would not be able to help them to clean up the spill. They begged us to at least try and after researching your product(EatOils™ BT200™), we told them we would try but would not guarantee any type of result. Their answer was that if we tried and failed, they were really no worse off and would have to deal with it a different way. They felt our charge of $2,500 was worth at least trying – and a relatively small amount of money in the grand scheme.

So far the results have shown gradual improvement, although the client recognizes there is still a way to go. I go weekly to spray with BT200™ solution and always take a picture of the same spot so we can document the difference.”

Here’s Drew’s comment from June 3, 2013. “I think this is truly amazing! I was very skeptical when we began this process but I have to say I’m a true believer now. I think maybe one or two more applications and we’ll be done!!!

Same spill June 3, 2013 after 8 weeks of weekly spraying with EatOils(TM) BT200(TM)

Same spill June 3, 2013 after 8 weeks of weekly spraying with EatOils(TM) BT200(TM)

So many people are hesitant to believe that our BT200™ actually works to remove oil stains from asphalt – but here’s the photographic proof – the stain has faded back almost completely without any harmful effect on the pavement. As Keith says, just one or two more applications of BT200™ and you won’t even know there had been a spill.

Application Instructions for Removing Hydraulic Oil Stains On Asphalt

  • Hose the target area down with water.
  • Do an initial cleaning, spraying down the target area with a 5:1 (5 parts water to 1 part EatOils™ BT200™). Mix and brush with a ‘street broom’ to the point of creating a froth.
  • If froth is brown, rinse with hose water to remove discoloration and ‘free oil’. If you can see a rainbow of oil products on the surface when rinsing you still have ‘free oil’. Capture all rinse water and dispose via sanitary drain.
  • Re-apply 5:1 BT200™ mix. Do this process until the rainbow disappears and the froth generated is white.
  • Once achieving a white froth, leave to soak in for 4-5 days. DO NOT RINSE.
  • Re-apply after 4-5 days. First hose the target area down and then re-apply 5:1 BT200™ mix. Again, do not rinse. Brushing recommended but optional.
    The benefit of brushing is that it activates the product while helping to remove loose accumulations of oil residue which is critical for the first application.
  • Repeat every 4 days until stain is gone.