For many businesses and homeowners in Las Vegas, asphalt is the preferred paving material for constructing their driveway. Asphalt is a durable, reliable and cost-effective alternative for constructing pavements in their property.
However, like other materials, asphalt needs regular care and maintenance to last longer. That is why it is imperative that you check for oil and grease stains, and remove them. You should also sweep away leaves and other debris away from its surface. It’s also important to remove stains as soon as they occur to prevent a permanent discoloration of your asphalt surface.
Here are some of the top Do-It-Yourself tips for removing stubborn stains from your asphalt pavements.
Common Stains Types
Some of the most common asphalt stains are from motor oils, transmission oils, cooling fluids and all other types of leaks from average everyday cars. Those are the stains most associated with a homeowners driveway.
There are also stains on parking lots here in Las Vegas from customers and guests that stay around. Don't forget about tire marks and rubber stains. Some people litter and spill different types of things on asphalt. Food, drinks, trash,.
Some of the most common asphalt stains are from mulch. Mulch stains are especially common in summer and spring from gardening activities. Also, mulch stains occur in fall from the decay of leaves. Oil and grease stains are other common stains.
Removing Oils And Debris
Begin by removing the debris or stain by hosing it away as much as you can. If the stain is more stubborn and won’t remove easily, you’d need to use a more effective method. Use an absorbent material such as sawdust, cat litter or gravel to absorb the spill. The material can sit overnight until the entire spill is absorbed. Then sweep away the material.
Use a Cleaning Solution
The next step is to use a home cleaning material, including:
Apply a generous amount of baking soda on the stain. Then begin scrubbing into the stain by using a stiff brush. Wait for 25 minutes and then rinse off with water. Repeat the process if stain remains.
Spray some amount of dish soap on the stain and add water. Scrub using a bristle brush until the stain begins to wash off the asphalt surface. Then use a hose to rinse off. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Sprinkle the laundry detergent on the oil stain, covering it completely. Add water to make the detergent wet. Use a stiff brush to scrub. Wait for 30 minutes to enable the detergent break up the stain. Then wash off with a hose. Repeat the process until the stain is gone completely.
Apply water displacement spray on the surface of the stain. There is no need to scrub as the spray can remove the stain. Wait for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
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