I bought an electric chain saw and following instructions I added bar and
chain oil. Between cuts I set it down on the sawdust on the bluestone. Then
when sweeping up I found an oil spot at each place I set it down. I
certainly won't do this again, but the immediate problem is how to clean
off the stains. I did some Googling. I got a variety of suggestions. Does
anyone have some firsthand experience as to which of these actually work?
Make a poultice: Take your strongest oil remover* mix it with Talc (baby
powder). Apply, cover with plastic, do it hundred times. Leave poultice for
24 hours and repeat. It draws the stain out.
* Like the Techniseals product?
[The closest place to buy is a 3 hour round trip.]
Try baking soda or powder to absorb it.
When stain is still fresh apply anything absorbent like baking soda, flour,
sawdust, salt. After the fact, you can try applying a paste made from
baking soda, scrubbing it into the stain, letting it dry in place, then
washing it off. Some people have success pouring cola and/or scrubbing with
dishwashing detergent. There are probably commercial cleaners available in
auto supply stores.
A good scrubbing with a grease cutting cleaner like Simple Green or that
orange stuff should take care of it.
Try a bit of peroxide mixed w/ the baking soda - scrub it in & let it sit
for a bit. May have to repeat.
Wash with a strong solution of washing soda and hot water. If stain
remains, make a paste of 1 pound strong powdered cleaner, 2 cups powdered
chalk, and 1 gallon water and cover the stain. Or, cover with a paste made
from fullers earth (an absorbent clay used for removing grease from
fabrics) and hot water. Leave the paste on overnight. Rinse with clear
water. Repeat if necessary.
Don <www.donwiss.com> (e-mail link at home page bottom).
P.S. Before jumping on me asking why I was cutting up the logs on
bluestone, the answer is I have no choice. The front areaway (where the
wood is) is all bluestone. And also all of the backyard, plus it would be a
major effort getting the logs from the front to the back.