Posted on: 14 November 2017
Keeping your asphalt parking lot cleaned up and free of vehicle stains is an important part of keeping your business looking nice to make a good first-impression on new customers. The first impression can affect how they perceive your business, so it is important to keep your building's exterior maintained. Here are some tips to remove and repair vehicle fluid damage to your asphalt.
Clean Up Spots
Periodically check your asphalt parking lot for any types of vehicle fluid spills, such as gasoline, oil, and brake fluid from customer vehicles. These types of fluids can damage your asphalt because they are made of petroleum-based materials. When they sit atop your asphalt, which is also petroleum based, the fluids soften the binders in the asphalt.
As soon as you discover a vehicle drip spot, sprinkle kitty litter over the stain until it absorbs as much of the fluids as possible, and sweep it from the surface. Next, apply a degreaser cleaning solution to the asphalt stain, which you can find at most home improvement stores. Scrub the cleaner into the asphalt with a long-handled brush, then rinse the solution fully from the surface of the pavement.
Asphalt surface damage may go unnoticed for long enough that it will begin to soften the asphalt's emulsion. In this situation, you will need to cut the area of damage from the pavement and replace it. Use a circular saw with a masonry blade to cut several inches around the softened and damaged area of asphalt. Chip out and remove the asphalt with a pry bar and a shovel. Depending on the depth of the damage, you may need to remove a deeper section of asphalt. Make sure you have removed all the damage from the asphalt; otherwise, it will continue to deteriorate through the asphalt.
After you have removed the damage, fill it with new asphalt cold patch mixture or a hot mixture from a local asphalt business. Apply the asphalt patch, compacting it as you fill it until it is level with the surrounding area.
In addition to cleaning and repairing stains and resulting asphalt damage, it is a good idea to seal your asphalt with a sealcoating layer. This sealcoat layer seals your asphalt, protecting it from sun and weather deterioration, and restores the emulsion's moisture and the asphalt flexibility.
You can sealcoat your own asphalt with sealcoating application from a local home improvement store. Or you can also hire a professional asphalt business to install the coating for you. For more information, contact local professionals or visit sites like http://www.harrispavingindustries.com.Share