Maintain Your Asphalt – Tips On Removing Oil & Mulch Stains

Maintain Your Asphalt – Tips On Removing Oil & Mulch Stains

Like the rest of your property, your asphalt surface also requires regular maintenance to keep it in pristine condition. However, unlike the garden or deck, this often ends up getting ignored.

Not properly maintaining your asphalt surface will shorten its life span.

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A dirty and stained asphalt surface is also considered ill-maintained. Not only is it unseemly to look at, but it also affects the property’s curb appeal.

Therefore, it’s better to clean any stains as soon as you see them—the most common ones being mulch and oil. If you want to learn how then see the tips and steps we have compiled.

Steps To Removing Mulch Stains

Cleaning mulch stains is much easier than removing oil stains. Although these colored stains disappear over time, for immediate results, you need to take action.

  • Rinse the asphalt with water.

Tip: Never power wash the stain, or the high pressure will drive it deeper into the surface.

  • Apply vinegar or soap on the surface and scrub in circular motions with a brush.
  • Rinse the soap away with water. Make sure it’s a low-pressure rinse.

If the stain is still there, then follow the additional steps stated below.

  • Mix 2 cups of bleach with 2 gallons of warm water.
  • Scrub the bleach solution in small circular motions again using a brush.

Tip: Scrubbing with a brush in small circular motions will allow the soap/bleach solution to absorb into the stain.

  • Cover the stain with bleach and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Wash off the bleach solution with water on a low-pressure rinse.

Tip: Don’t apply mulch on the soil without checking the rain forecast. Rain can make the dye from the mulch bleed onto the asphalt, causing stains. So always check the weather first.

Ways To Remove Oil Stains

Oil stains can be removed using different methods and ingredients. Yet you need to be careful to choose a material that doesn’t damage your asphalt surface.

  • If there is excess oil on the stain’s surface, you need to blot it up using kitty litter. Sprinkle kitty litter on the stain and let it soak up the stain. Once the excess oil is thoroughly soaked, sweep away the kitty litter.
  • The most popular way to remove a stain is by using Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP). Mix TSP with water to create a paste. Use a long brush to scrub the mixture on the stain and let it sit for thirty minutes. Rinse off the mixture with water.
  • You can also use commercial degreasers. Just follow the directions given on the bottle. Scrub the degreaser onto the stain to it break down the oil. Next, rinse the surface off with water.

Tip: Don’t use a degreaser with solvents to avoid damaging the asphalt.

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