A parking lot is one of the first things customers see when visiting a business. Taking up a good portion of the front acreage of the business, a parking lot can add visual appeal to the property. But when parking lots are stained, cracked or pitted, they become eyesores that can rob a business of its curb appeal.
Concrete parking lots are notorious for absorbing stains. Anything from automotive fluids to fallen leaves can affect the appearance of a concrete parking lot. And while cleaning the parking lot can take a little effort, the end result is well worth the effort.
Asphalt parking lots may not show stains as visibly as concrete parking lots, but that does not mean they cannot benefit from some TLC. Pressure washing can give a tired or dirty parking lot a good-as-new look.
Pressure washing machines can be used to remove ground-in stains from parking lots. The power of the streaming water and a combination of mild cleanser may be able to remove a number of stains, including those from leaves, mold, spills, dirt, fungus, and bird droppings.
Proceed with caution when using pressure washers, as they can be powerful tools. If the nozzle is set incorrectly, it is quite easy to pit out portions of the parking lot or create a streaky look. Widen the spray and pass over each area several times to remove ground-in stains.
Pressure washers may come equipped with various attachments to make the process easier and eliminate stripping. Beginners may want to consider an attachment to make the job less arduous.
A rotary turbo nozzle will focus the water in a fine stream but constantly rotate that stream to cover a wider area. A water broom will clean a wider area in one pass and some have castors that keep the nozzles the same height over the parking lot surface. According to the Pressure Washing Industry Resource Center, pressure washing a parking lot will go a lot faster and becomes easier if you use a water broom.
A surface cleaner is another attachment that enables you to push a rotary arm over the parking lot for faster cleaning.
Allowing fluids or other substances to sit on a parking lot may contribute to soaked-in stains. Being proactive can mean less scouring later on. Routinely examine the parking lot for automotive fluids and take your car in for a tuneup to remedy any leaks.
Rinse away leaves and other debris before they affect your parking lot’s appearance. Keep cat litter on hand to soak up minor spills and stains before they grow into larger problems.