Removing Stains From Your Asphalt Parking Area

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If you own a small business with a parking area for your customers, and you had noticed there are stained spots or portions with graffiti present upon its surface, you will most likely want to take the steps needed to have them removed. Tending to flaws on asphalt can be done in a couple of different ways. Here are some tips you can use to revitalize a blemished asphalt parking lot so it looks like new.

Rinse The Surface First

Before you tend to stains on the asphalt, rinse it in its entirety. Some of the portions of the stain may wash away during this process, making it a bit less labor intensive once you start the cleaning procedure. It is best to avoid using a pressure washer as the impact of the water may push the stain deeper into the porous asphalt surface. Instead, use a garden hose to wash away loose particles.

Use The Right Solution

To clean an oil spill, try using cat litter to grab the moisture from the surface. Sprinkle the litter in a layer over the stain and step on it so it is pushed into the matter you are trying to remove. Allow it to sit over night and brush it away the next day with a push broom. If there is still a stain remaining scrub it with stiff bristled brush using a mild detergent. If you are trying to remove a dirt stain, you can try scrubbing it with the brush and mild detergent. Dish washing soap, vinegar, or a household cleaner can be used to moisten the area before scrubbing. Rinse with a hose and observe whether the stain still remains or if it has lightened. Repeat a few times for the best results.

Cover Stains Effectively

If you have paint on your parking area, or if the cleaning procedure did not work in removing a stain, call an asphalt contractor to add a new layer of asphalt over the parking area. They will add a thin layer of new material, which will cover the stains in their entirety. It is important to have the new asphalt sealed so subsequent staining is not as likely. Another method in covering a stain is to use asphalt paint. This can be done on your own using a sprayer or roller to apply the color over the entire lot. This would work well for smaller lots and is a great alternative if you are not ready to add new asphalt at the time. When it comes time for repaving, new asphalt can be placed over the painted surface.

To learn more, contact a local company. 

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