Asphalt is a great material for constructing pavements, roadways, driveways, and parking lots. For the average homeowner, asphalt offers a highly functional, durable, and cheaper option for constructing the private driveway and various pavements in the home compound. This is why asphalt is still the most popular materials for constructing Anderson driveways. But like all other road construction materials, asphalt also requires care and maintenance to enhance its functionality and ensure its longevity.
One of the most basic asphalt maintenance and care activities for asphalt driveways and pavements is regular and proper cleaning. When the weather is favorable, such as during the warm spring and summer months, you can just sweep your asphalt pavements and driveway a few times a week and then hose it down a few times a month. During the fall season, you should make a point of sweeping all the leaves from asphalt pavements and driveway. But even when sweeping and removing the leaves and other debris from asphalt surfaces, you should take time to inspect your pavements and driveway for stains. These stains should be removed very carefully and as soon as possible to avoid permanent discoloration of your asphalt surfaces. Here are a few helpful tips for removing stubborn or tough stains from your asphalt pavements and driveway.
Common Types Of Stubborn Stains
Let us start by looking at some of the most common types of stubborn stains that you will find on your asphalt pavements and driveway. Mulch stains are very common during the spring and summer months when people are doing all that gardening. This is usually the case when you use colored mulch. Mulch stains are also very common during the fall season when there are very many dead leaves falling on your asphalt pavements and driveway. Mulch stains are not very difficult to remove. The most stubborn stains are oil and grease stains. These occur due to soil and grease spills from vehicles in your compound.
Remove The Spill Or Debris
To remove mulch stains or even prevent them from occurring, sweep your asphalt pavements and driveway regularly and thoroughly. But if you happen to suffer an oil or grease spill on your asphalt surfaces, then you need to tackle it more seriously. You should start by absorbing all the spilled oil or grease with any absorbent but non-messy material like cat litter or sawdust. Let the cat litter or sawdust sit for a while until the entire spill is absorbed. Then sweep it off before cleaning the surface.
Scrub With A Household Cleaner Or Bleach
After removing all the mulch from your asphalt pavements and driveway, you can now use any household cleaner like soap, dishwashing liquid, or diluted vinegar to scrub the surface and remove the stain. Use a stiff bristled brush to scrub the asphalt surface thoroughly until the stain is gone.
For oil and grease stains, you need a tougher cleaner like a Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) solution. Apply the paste and then scrub the stain vigorously.
Rinse The Surface
After removing the mulch or oil stain, you should now use a hose to rinse the whole surface and leave it spotlessly clean. Just hose the whole surface to leave it sparkling and super clean.