Clean asphalt can increase the value of your home or business with just a few simple cleaning hacks. Sierra Vista Maintenance can help remove stains on asphalt with professional equipment, quality cleanings, and expert knowledge. Our team is here to work with your home or business and give you a better appearance on your exterior. While stains on asphalt are hard to avoid completely, reducing their appearance and improving the safety of your parking lot or driveway is possible.
1- Use Kitty Litter
Helping to mop up oil leaks can mimic soaking up other liquids. Kitty litter can help soak up substances and is easy to dispose of. Apply the kitty litter to the spot and stomp the litter down a bit to help soak up all oil. Leave it on the stain overnight and then scoop it up and dispose of it properly.
This method works only on new stains and not ones that have set in for a long period of time. If you do not have kitty litter, using baking soda or other material that absorbs moisture can also help remove stains on asphalt.
2- Dish Soap And A Stiff Brush
Using simple cleaners such as water and dish soap can be the most effective solution to cut through grease and oil. Washing the area with warm water, dish soap, and a stiff brush can help lift up the stain. When scrubbing the area, make sure to only use a brush with soft bristles and not metal bristles as the metal can damage the top layer of asphalt. Let your solution sit for about 30-40 minutes before rinsing off.
3- The Unusual Option Of Coca-Cola
This cleaning solution is probably not something you think of when you want to remove stains on asphalt. Using Coke can help to break down grease, oils, or another stain. Pour a can of Coca-cola on the stain and let it sit overnight. Then rinse the soda off with a hose and repeat until you receive the desired results. This may not be the most effective method, but if you have exhausted other options, this can be worth a try to improve the appearance of your asphalt.
4- Laundry Detergent
Powdered laundry detergent can work similarly to kitty litter when working to remove stains from asphalt. Sprinkle the powder on the stain and then add water. Scrub the now paste-like substance with a brush and let it sit for 30 minutes. After the solution has been set, you can wipe the substance and stain right off!
5- Steam Pressure Washing
Pressure washing should be done by a professional in order to protect the top layer of your asphalt. Steam pressure washing can be less corrosive than full-stream pressure washing. Our team at Sierra Vista Maintenance knows what pressure your surface can handle if your asphalt really needs it, and what cleaners can make a difference.
6- Commercial Degreasers
Some commercial options like microbial asphalt cleaner can help convert hazardous waste into carbon dioxide and remove stains on asphalt. The microbes can help eat the oil and digest it, so it is safer to deal with. These solutions are also safer to use on your asphalt as it does not break down the protective elements that hold your parking lot or driveway together.
7- Apply A Sealant
If you keep dealing with stubborn stains and are having a hard time removing them your best option may be to apply an asphalt sealant. Sealants or coatings are easy to clean and can protect your asphalt from deterioration. A sealant will help protect from oil, grease, paint, or other substances from seeping into the asphalt and can usually be removed with a gentle cleaner and water. If you remove stains on asphalt too often for your liking, consider a thick sealant.
Remove Stains On Asphalt With Sierra Vista Maintenance
Working with our team at Sierra Vista Maintenance improves all areas of your home. From the roof down to your driveway, we offer cleaning services that can increase the functionality of your home while also helping with the appearance. Removing stains, dirt, dust, hard water, or other buildup is all possible with the help of our technicians.
Each member of our team is passionate about improving Sacramento homes with detailed cleaning. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and window cleaning are our specialties. We want to help you have a better and more efficient home at an affordable price by cleaning windows, removing debris from solar panels or working to remove stains on asphalt. Contact Sierra Vista Maintenance to get started today!