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DIY Cleaning Tips for Your Asphalt Parking Lot

 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Virginia Beach, VA

A clean parknig lot tells your customers who you are before hey ever step foot inside your doors. It says you care abotu the little things and gives your customers an extra sense of calm knowing you will take care of them the same way you take care of your parking lot.

Like the cover of a book, the exterior of your building and your parking lot is what your customers base their first opinions on. I'm sure you-like me, have heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover", but let's face it - people still do. With only one chance to make a first impression, shouldn't it be a great one?? After all, you want to increase business - not loose business because of a bad parking lot.

Formulating a strong Parking Lot Maintenance Plan is incredibly important for property managers and business owners, but it is equally important to keep your lot clean. Spending as little as a few hours each month will go a long way in the end, and there are several DIY options available for minor cleaning and preventative maintenance.

TIPS for cleaning your asphalt parking lot

Regardless of the method you choose for cleaning your asphalt parking lot, the first step is to thoroughly rinse the stained area (can use a water hose) to clear away any standing debris. Be sure not to use a high-pressure sprayer as theis could cause the stain to set in to the asphalt more deeply (a similar affect to rubbing to hard on stained clothing).

The next step is to apply the cleaning agent - virtually any common household cleaner scrubbed into the stain will clean it (you can use soap, vinegar, laundry deteregent, etc). Use a stiff-bristled brush for scrubbing. Repeat until clean. Rinse off the area with water when finished.

If you prefer an alternative to manual labor, the following solutions may offer some help for cleaning fresh liquid and oil spills.

1. SOAP AND WATER. If you happen upon a fresh oil spot, you can emulsify it with a mixture of liquid soap and water. This will keep the oild from drying and staining your asphalt (the soap surrounds small droplets of grease and prevents it from congealing into a solid).

2. KITTY LITTER. Mop up any excess oil (or as much as possible). Cover the oil stain with a layer of kitty litter. To ensure maximum coverage, stomp it down a bit on the asphalt surface. Allow the kitty litter to sit overnight. The next day, use a broom to sweep up the litter. Rinse cyour asphalt with water and the stain should be gone.

3. BAKING SODA. Baking soda is great for absorbing excess oil. Sprinkle it onto the oil stain and scrub with a stiff brush. Allow the baking soda to sit for a half hour, then rinse it away with a hose.

4. COCA-COLA. For my first public speaking engagement in college, I used the "Coca-Cola as a cleaning agent" fact as a supporting argument. It actually can be used to clean asphalt surfaces and often works better than several leading detergents. To clean the asphalt stain, simply pour a few cans of coca-cola onto it, then wash it off the next morning. 

5. SEALCOATING. If you come across a stain that seems impossible to remove, asphalt sealer may be your best option. 


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