One of the best things you can do for your asphalt, whether it’s your driveway or a parking lot, is to have it seal coated. If you are planning to get a sealcoating, or have had one recently, you should make sure to take the right steps to make sure it can be set completely. Here are some things you should do to take care of your asphalt right after sealcoating.
Block the Asphalt Off
It might be tempting to allow traffic onto the asphalt soon after you’ve applied a fresh layer of sealer, especially since it will feel dry to the touch and ready to walk on after just a few hours, but it’s important to be patient—or else you might undo the hard work you put in to protect and beautify it. Permitting traffic onto the asphalt too soon after sealcoating can result in scuff marks as vehicles turn their tires, and the heavier the vehicle, the worse the marks. For the best outcome, use cones, tape and other barriers to keep traffic off the asphalt for at least 24 hours after sealcoating.
Keep It Clean of Debris
It’s common for leaves or pine needles to make their way onto freshly sealcoated driveways. If you see some natural debris on your driveway—don’t panic. These new additions won’t cause any long-term problems. In fact, once everything dries, the wind will carry most of it away. Anything left can be swept away with a broom. For long term care, you’ll need to be on the lookout for oil puddles and gas stains. You can prepare by keeping a bag of cat litter on hand. Cat Litter is a wonderfully cheap solution for unexpected spills. Just sprinkle the puddle with litter, wait for it to absorb and sweep the remaining litter with a broom. In most cases, 70% – 90% of the stain will be absorbed by the cat litter.
Once the sealcoat is set, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the asphalt for dirt and dust accumulation. If you give the surface a quick rinse once a month, you can keep the asphalt in better condition. When sealcoating gets dirty, it tends to wear down faster because of the abrasives in the dirt.
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