After paving your driveway, or any other surface for that matter, you will probably enjoy just looking at it. The whole surface will just look so fresh and beautiful. Asphalt pavement is undoubtedly easy on the eye, but you cannot forget that it also has a lot of other benefits and that appearance is certainly not the only reason why you should choose it when thinking about paving any area. Yet, that’s not what we are here to talk about.
As I have said, after the paving project is completed, you will certainly enjoy the way it all looks. Yet, as time passes by, the great appearance might just end up fading and the truth is that you cannot blame it all on the time and the weather. Of course, those two factors play a huge role here, but so do you. In other words, if you don’t maintain your asphalt correctly, it is bound to get stained.
Oh, well, it is what it is. The asphalt is stained and there is nothing you can do about it now, am I right? I most definitely am not! Sure, you might have been able to avoid certain stains, although the simple truth is that you can never avoid them all and that you need to get used to the idea of sap, oil, and other types of things ending up all over the area. Yet, just because you should get used to that idea, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try and do anything about it.
In case you aren’t quite sure what I am talking about, let me make it clear. I’m talking about cleaning and removing those stains. It might not be the most fun of tasks, but you will definitely love the end results. Going through some trouble to get those end results is definitely worth it, so I suggest you don’t give up right away just because this might seem like a boring task. After all, it’s your asphalt we are talking about and you need to maintain it properly.
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Now, I can understand if you aren’t quite knowledgeable when it comes to cleaning asphalt surfaces. It’s not like they teach you this at school and it’s definitely not like you needed it every so often while growing up. Still, just because you currently lack the knowledge, it doesn’t mean that you cannot learn. If you continue reading, I’ll share a few useful tips on how to remove stains from your asphalt.
Get The Dish Soap
Before you start pouring dish soap all over the area, let me quickly clarify one thing. You should always wash the surface using a hose first, because you’ll get rid of any debris that might have accumulated that way. After doing that, you should get the dish soap and try washing off the stains that are bothering you with this substance. Dish soap is great for removing oil and grease and all you have to do is pour it over the stains and scrub with a little bit of water and a brush. Of course, rinsing it afterward is necessary.
Use Powder Detergent
Similar to the above, you can opt for powder detergent instead of dish soap. The process here is a bit different, though. Basically, after scrubbing the area, you should let the detergent sit for an hour or so, in order for it to penetrate the stains. Only after that time has passed should you rinse. This can help remove sap as well and, speaking of that, here are some tips on how to remove sap from almost anything.
Here’s our surprise for the day! Believe it or not, your hand sanitizer can serve much more purposes than simply, well, sanitizing your hands. These products have shown to be of amazing help when it comes to removing sap and other types of stains from asphalt surfaces, so you should definitely give it a try, especially if you have had a few failed attempts at cleaning the area. The process is the same as above – you pour, you scrub, you rinse and you enjoy your stainless asphalt.