Wondering what you can do about all those greasy oil stains on your asphalt parking lot or driveway? If so, you are wise. Oil and grease can cause further atrophy to asphalt, including pot holes, alligator cracking, fissures, crumbling aggregate, and more. These damages, in turn, can pose a safety risk to anyone who walks, rides, or drives over the pavement. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to manage asphalt oil stains.
Continue reading to learn how to get rid of tough and stubborn asphalt oil stains, as well as, your options for restoring your pavements back to new.
What You Will Need
To eliminate grease and oil spots on asphalt surfaces, you will need some specific products. When working with chemicals or cleaners, is recommended to add in the cost of protective gear, such as goggles and gloves, to your overall project budget. Without safety gear, you pose a high risk of injury to your eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Below is a list of what you will need to get the job done right, the first time around!
⛖ Liquid Detergent
⛖ Clean Water
⛖ Hard-Bristled Scrubbing Brush or Broom
⛖ Safety Goggles
⛖ Work Gloves
For a fresh oil or grease stain, all you will need to do is create a cleaning solution of standard liquid detergent and clean water. Use this solution to soak and then scrub the stain out of the surface of the pavement, using even, circular motions. Finish by thoroughly rinsing the surface with fresh, clean water. Keep in mind, you will likely need to repeat the process a few times to get optimal results.
Removing Old Oil Stains
If your pavement oil stains have seeped deep into the asphalt, you will need a more intensive treatment method. That is because oil seepage overtime will dissolve the asphalt binder within, thus causing portions of aggregate to breakdown and loosen. As a result, the surface of the asphalt will show crumbling, cracking, potholes, or a large depression. If this happens, you need professional asphalt pavement resurfacing services, including a sealcoat finish.
Asphalt Damage Prevention
The best method of preventing asphalt damage is routine maintenance and sealcoating. See our blog, “Important Asphalt Maintenance Tips” to learn what you need to know about proper pavement maintenance. When it comes to seal coating asphalt pavements, there is not better preventative maintenance plan. Talk to a trusted asphalt contactor in your town about the best course of action for your asphalt pavement maintenance plan.
Expert Asphalt Resurfacing and Repair in Indiana
Call ACI Asphalt and Concrete Inc. at 317-549-1833 for professional asphalt maintenance and repair in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner Lindsey Lewis, and his team of licensed and insured pavers, provide a wide range of asphalt and concrete paving services for commercial, industrial, and municipal properties. We serve all of Central Indiana and its surrounding areas. Request a free estimate, today.