no great answer today, but these guys are really contractors for the
most part, and their talk is interesting.
I would try applying mineral spirits to the flagstone surface, and then
wicking up the mineral spirits with paper towels.
I'm hoping the oil dissolves in the mineral spirits, and the mineral
spirits are absorbed in the paper towels.
Good idea. But won't the desk legs point up if he does that.
Actually I think it's just as likely it's a flagstone deck, and he's
using deck wrong. The stone may not be as flat on the other side,
but once it's out of the dirt,
What about a propane or MAPP gas torch. He could find flagstone
scraps, spill oil on them , and test the more outrageous methods to
see which one works.
A guy I barely new once lent me his piano (when he moved to a
furnished house that had a piano.) I was very happy to have it. He
lent me other furniture too, including a leather topped coffee table.
Everything was fine for 3 years, I kept a plant on the cofffee
table, but I put it on a paper napkin to protect the surface from the
plastic pot. One day i overwatered, but didn't notice becuase it
took a while for the water to reach the dish and overflow.
I found the texture of the entire paper napkin 6x6" or so, embossed
in the leather. I tried everything, Neets food oil, and other
things I forget now. I called about getting new leather inlaid.
Hundreds of dollars, and I figured he might want the money instead.
Then a year or more later I needed the space and I put the table in
the basement of a friend's house, a basement with stone walls. A few
years later, after about 8 years total, the man called about his piano
(etc.) So I went to get the table. After 4 or more years in the
basement, the leather looked perfect. I couldn't find the damage even
though I knew where it had been. Humidity?? And to top it off, he
told me he didnt't want the table. I thought he'd said it was one of
the things he wanted most.
I've used kitty litter and it worked fine on concrete. Had to mash it
in hard and leave for a couple of days. As porous as concrete is, one
has to remember that k.l. won't soak up oil if the k.l. isn't ground in.
The concrete held onto some of the finer dust....didn't bother to hose
that off because it was an out of the way place. Condo neighbor stored
car stuff in a plastic cabinet outdoors and the full can of oil rusted
and ran out. On the water in Florida, it takes metal about 5 minutes to
"Bruce K." wrote in message
I made a small puddle of motor oil on my flagstone desk.
Kitty litter type clay chips.
Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
Didnt remove all of the stain.
Thanks in advance .
I use GUNK engine cleaner on concrete. After it soaks into the oil it is
water soluble for clean up. WW
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