How the best property managers remove stains from their parking lots
Part of being a property manager is to recognize the small things that impact the look and feel of a property. Stains that occur in a property parking lot are the kind of thing that can make an otherwise great looking place take a turn for the worst. Property managers pick up many tricks and tools along the way to combat this situation. Below are some tools and techniques to consider based on the type of tough stain you are dealing with.
· Asphalt Cleaning Tips: Trisodium phosphate (TSP), bleach and baking soda are all very effective to clean away grease on asphalt. Apply compound directly to the stain, and then use a broom with firm bristles to scrub it away.
· Concrete Cleaning Tips: Cola and dishwashing liquid effectively combat grease spots on concrete. Simply pour the soda onto the stain, saturating it and leaving it to soak overnight. The next day, scrub with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Create a soapy lather with a nylon brush and the stain will lift away.
· Mulch or Leaf Stain Tips: To remove mulch or leaf stains, apply soap or vinegar to the surface and scrub with a brush using circular motions. Rinse the soapy solution away using a low-pressure rinse. Scrub the bleach solution on the stain using small circular motions. Allow the solution to sit on the stain for 30-minutes and wash away with warm water or a low-pressure rinse.
· Oil Cleaning Tips: Grease and oil spots are a common problem in parking lots, where cars and trucks can be sitting in one spot for a long period of time. If you see motor oil spilled on your surface, blot up as much of the oil as possible. Try using kitty litter as an absorbing agent by letting it sit on the stain overnight. When the excess oil is soaked up, sweep away the kitty litter. If a stain persists, try using TSP or a commercial degreaser. Follow the directions on the bottle and scrub the product into the stain to break down the oil and rinse away with warm water.
· Pressure Washing Tips: Pressure washing is a great cleaning option for DIY maintenance. For general cleaning, use a hose that’s capable of producing at least 3000 PSIs. But keep in mind that you should consider your stain type before you use a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on oil patches or set-in stains can make the stain worse, driving the stains deeper into the surface pores.
At Hall Paving we’re always looking for ways to make property manages look better through the development of better looking properties. We hope this information was useful, and remember that when you’re looking for parking lot paving and maintenance resources, contact Hall.