One thing that you should know about your Plant City parking lot paving is that the oils and chemicals that come from the vehicles that park on it can actually damage it. If left unattended for enough time, these chemicals can cause your asphalt paving to deteriorate and break down. This is because the basic mixture of any asphalt paving is made up of sand and other aggregates that are all held together by asphalt binder.
When oil is left on asphalt paving, it will slowly dissolve this binder, which results in asphalt raveling. In more extreme cases, untreated oil spots on parking lot asphalt can cause the upper layer of the paving to become soft. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why it is important to clean any oil stains you might find on your paving, and this is how to do so.
If the oil stain is fairly new, about three days old or less, it is easy enough to remove. All you need is some warm water and dish detergent. Simply mix this together in a bucket, and use a soft, but durable broom or brush to scrub at the oil stain. Continue scrubbing until you can no longer see the oil stain, and wash away the soap with clean water. Give it time to dry.
Other remedies that you can use to clean oil stains that are only a few days old are kitty litter, and interestingly enough, Coca-Cola. Spread the cat litter on the oil spot, and leave it on the spot overnight. Make sure you’ve packed down the cat litter to make sure that it actually absorbs the oil. The next day, scrub it with a soft broom or brush, then sweep it away. Clean off the rest with warm water and dish detergent.
Coca-cola can be used to clean oil spots by pouring a couple of cans on to the stain. Leave it overnight, and you can wash it off with warm water and dish detergent.
If the oil stains in your asphalt paving have already started to cause some form of damage, you might have to take other forms of damage control to prevent the damage from spreading further. You might need a chemical oil-stain remover to remove the oil spot from the paving.
To determine the extent of damage to your paving, you can take a screwdriver and try to penetrate the surface where the spot was located. If it manages to break through the surface, this indicates that the aggregate has been damaged by the oil, and you may need to patch it up to prevent further damage.
To help prevent oil spots from building up in your Plant City parking lot paving, you can invest in sealcoating to help protect your paving from oils, chemicals, and other natural elements that can damage your paving, like UV rays from the sun.