Sidewalk, Curb, and Concrete Repair Guidelines for Shopping Centers and HOA

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) will ensure your business/property meets these important concrete repair guidelines.

In communities and neighborhoods throughout NJ, roadways, sidewalks, and curbing is constantly in the background of our everyday lives. Rush hour transportation, children walking to school, and pedestrian traffic can take its toll on the life of any concrete surface, especially in the Northeastern part of the country where snow, salt and plows add an extra element of wear and tear. Following the concrete repair guidelines listed below and replacing damaged and hazardous sidewalks and curbing in your neighborhood or business location can ensure safety for all.

Who Needs Concrete Replacement?

  • HOA’s and Condo Associations
  • Office Parks
  • Shopping & Retail Centers
  • Medical Offices

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) specializes in replacing damaged concrete aprons and sidewalks. Our team can expertly evaluate whether you need one section replaced or many sections. We are flexible and can work within your budget and time frame.

TRIP HAZARDS

Sidewalks with a trip hazards, major cracks, significant spalling, and other deterioration should be replaced. A trip hazard is defined as cement or sidewalk with a significant height variation (usually 1” or more). Trip hazards can create a tripping hazard for your feet, bicycle, skateboard, or baby carriage. Community associations, public shopping centers, medical centers and office parks should all be wary of tripping hazards for customers, residents, and visitors.

MAJOR CRACKS IN CONCRETE

Major cracks where a piece of concrete missing in service walks, sidewalks and walkways indicate the need for concrete replacement. If the expansion joint has eroded away or even small hairline cracks appear in the sideway, it should be replaced. Areas that show significant pitching, which indicates settling, should be examined by a professional to evaluate the problem.

CONCRETE REPAIR GUIDELINES FOR NEW CURBS

Concrete curbing with cracking and settling should be replaced. This includes concrete aprons in shopping, retail or office locations. Curbs with cracking and settling with obvious low spots, as well as raised areas, should be replaced immediately. Curbing in the Northeast has extra wear and tear and damage because of snowplows. If only a small section needs replacing, a section of the curb can be cut out and replaced. C&L Services can examine the damaged areas and will outline the details of repairing and replacing sections that need attention.

CONCRETE APRONS

The lowest section of a driveway in many communities are concrete (concrete apron) and periodically need to be replaced. If the apron is old, cracked and deteriorating it should be replaced along with the adjacent curb and sidewalk on each side.

ABOUT SWEEPING CORP. OF AMERICA (OPERATING AS C & L SERVICES)

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) does a wide variety of concrete-related work including sidewalks, curb/inlet repair, ramp areas, and much more. We have a professionally trained crew in place to handle all your concrete needs.

Following the above concrete repair guidelines will help beautify your property and reduce your chance of liability by making your property safer, more attractive and reducing the chance that faulty concrete will cause other unwanted maintenance problems.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey. To see our full list of essential services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Seal Coating Project

Seal Coating – Slowing Down The Aging Process

As soon as the hot freshly laid asphalt on your parking lot begins to cool down, the aging process begins. From this point on, the elements and use begin to wear the parking lot down. The sun’s rays begin the oxidation process, water starts penetrating the tiniest cracks, oil seeps further down, and temperature variations essentially wear the surface bit by bit. The secret to extending the life of any paved surface is to seal the pavement.  And the success of the seal coating project is how it is planned, prepared, sealed, and finalized.

If you are considering seal coating your parking lot, there are a number of vital questions you must ask your contractor to ensure that the job is done right the first time and to maximize the longevity of the coated surface.

Step 1: What Planning Is Needed Before The Seal Coating Project?

There is a popular saying among professional seal coating contractors: “Effective seal coating is 95 percent preparation and 5% actual sealing.” It is important to find an experienced seal coating contractor because of the variables that have an impact on the longevity of the lot. Here are some questions to ask:

When will be the best time to seal coat the lot?

When is the lot busiest and when is it less used?

What are the best materials to use based on lot traffic, my budget and seasonal weather?

It is vital that you choose a seal coating contractor who is meticulous about planning the ‘whens’ and ‘hows’ of seal coating and involves you in the planning process.

Step 2: What Is Needed To Prepare for The Seal Coating Project?

Asphalt must be cured and solid for at least 30 to 60 days after installation before sealing. A seal coating professional can use simple tests such as pouring clean water on the surface to see whether a thin oil film forms on the surface to determine if the parking lot is sufficiently cured.

What cracks need to be filled (seal coating should not take the place of crack filling)?

Which holes need to be filled and compacted?

Is there damage to the pavement that must be repaired?

Should you repave a damaged section of your lot? Here’s an article we published titled, “5 Clear Signs That You Should Invest In Paving Services”. The article will help you determine if you should repair or repave.

While you compare various contractors, ask them about types of materials and application methods they will use before making your mind up. The right contractor should answer these questions to your satisfaction as well as explain their approach to setting up barriers and barricades and why.

To finalize your preparation, the lot surface needs to be thoroughly cleaned, debris removed, and professionally swept by an experienced parking lot sweeping team.

Step 3: How Should the Seal Coating Project Be Managed During The Application?

When it comes to ensuring that your parking lot is properly sealed, take some time to evaluate the different approaches that your chosen seal coating contractor uses, the seal coating material, and the number of coats.

We recommend that your contractor applies two coats and apply the material according to manufacturer recommendations.

Step 4: What Should Be Done After The Lot Is Sealed?

After sealing, the time needed to dry depends on the weather and having a contractor that can properly coordinate your property to minimize the inconvenience to residents or tenants.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is particularly skilled with seal coat coordination and can arrange for an accessible surface in a little as three hours. Also, ensure that you choose a contractor that can provide line striping for the parking lot after the seal has dried.

Finally, ask your chosen contractor for a meeting to follow-up and appraise the job shortly after the project is finished.

Still have questions? Call Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions for your parking lot seal coating project.

5 Myths About Power Washing That Everyone Thinks is True

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Power Washing – The Myths and The Reality

Many people do not value power washing as much as they should, and some commonly believed myths are the main reasons people take this service for granted. This post reviews five of the most prevalent myths about power washing and what is true instead.

Power Washing – Not As Simple As It Looks

Cleaning concrete, stone walls, and other open paved surfaces can be a very labor and time-consuming process. However, thanks to advancements in mechanical technologies, we have powerful machines to make the work easy.

Power washing has grown to be a very useful strategy for eliminating mildew and mold on concrete surfaces and even stains on a wood or brick patio. Whether such a service could be ideal to clean your walkways or maintain the sparkling image of your building, here are five myths about pressure washing that you should stop believing.

Myth #1: Power washing is only necessary when the property is dirty, stained, or moldy

Nothing could be further from the truth. Pressure washing is essentially the forceful removal of hard stains and stubborn elements on the surface—most of which are not visible to the naked eye.

There is no reason to wait until your property is unsightly to conduct power washing; after all, preventing stains is better than waiting for it to accumulate. Power washing your property regularly removes and prevent molds and stains and leaves your home or business premises clean and presentable.

Myth #2: Just connect the power cleaner to water and you are set to start cleaning

If it were true that water only at high pressure can remove all kinds of dirt, stains, and other unwanted elements, then you could rely on rain alone to keep your home or office looking clean. In reality, this is not the case.

The truth is that professional power cleaning involves the use of specially-selected detergents with the strength to clean stains and potential mold from a surface. For some types of stains, specific solvents may be used with hot water to successfully clean stubborn stains.

Myth #3: Power washing is simple, in fact you can do it yourself

Yes, you can do it yourself, if you have the right machine, knowledge, and experience to safely and efficiently remove specific types of molds, dirt, and stains. Most people hire the experts to save money and time because of the required experience and knowledge of using the correct equipment safely and effectively. Besides, the best cleaning professionals today use environmentally friendly products and they know which types work best to remove which types of stains or growths.

Myth #4: Everything everywhere can be power washed

There are some areas of your house that should be very carefully (or not) power washed because of how sensitive they are to pressure or to water. For instance, overhangs, windows, decorative fypons, and door openings should receive more gentle power washing (or none at all depending on their location, condition, and materials).

There are some types of wood which can easily be damaged by high pressure or can absorb water which could lead to water intrusion or water damage. An experienced cleaner knows what areas and materials can be pressure cleaned and which ones shouldn’t be.

Myth #5: The cleaner with the lowest bid is fine

As with many other service contracts, when it comes to power cleaning, you get what you pay for. Since you value your property, then it deserves the best care. Compare the various professionals offering pressure cleaning in your area and choose the most experienced with the right equipment, and a track record of satisfied customers. Although cost is an important criteria, it should not be the only factor when selecting a professional for power washing your home or office.

Many people rely on assumptions rather than facts when keeping their properties clean, and that is the reason they are disappointed and often spend more than they should. These five myths will certainly help you understand more about pressure washing and help you make the right decision the next time you need it.

Looking for advice on power washing?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll give the facts you need for effective, efficient power washing.

Street Sweeping: The Top Five Reasons to Trust Your Street Sweeper

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Street Sweeping – More Than Meets The Eye

Beautiful neighborhoods, clean streets, and hygienic public spaces are only a part of the reason why street sweeping deserves respect.

Most people do not realize it, but street sweepers do a lot more than just sweep dirt and debris; their work goes a long way to protect water resources, prevent floods, make roads passable by clearing the junk that blocks water drainages, and generally remove pollutants that could damage the health and well-being of the community.

Click here to look at all the different types of stuff street sweepers pick up.

Street Sweeping is a Time Honored Occupation

While most people do not give much thought to street sweepers, they have been around for hundreds of years…almost as long as organized human settlements have existed.  Street sweeping is now considered necessary for present-day waste disposal and has become a part of modern culture.

Street sweepers stand out in the work they do because it is obvious when streets are not clean and the normal debris of modern life piles up. Street sweeping professionals are trusted to do their job well and are often expected to go the extra mile to work when the rest of the city is asleep.

Here are the top five reasons why you should trust them:

1. Street sweepers are dedicated to their work
Since the street sweeping industry has embraced education, street sweeping has grown to become a profession with industry associations and professional certification.

Your local street sweeper is a member of a group of professionals focused on improving the quality of work they do. Street sweeping is more of a calling than just a job.

2. Street sweepers have the right tools for the job
Advancement in technology has provided street sweepers with many benefits. Today, Professionals in this industry use cutting-edge technologies and equipment. Street sweepers apply their professional expertise to remove all types of dirt and debris as well as potentially harmful contaminants and pollutants.

This is economically smart because it gets the job done right, fast and cost effectively.

3. Street sweepers improve the environment
Our cities and neighborhoods would be unsightly—perhaps unhealthy were it not for the work street sweepers do. Their primary job is to sweep debris and litter and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations and guidelines in place that guide street sweepers how to collect and dispose of all types of potentially harmful trash to protect the community.

4. Street sweeping maintains and improves the value of real estate
Perhaps the most noticeable benefit that street sweepers add to our world is improving and maintaining the value of real estate.

The curb appeal of a clean street without litter improves the perceived value of the properties in the neighborhood. Whether it is a city, town, or neighborhood, proper street sweeping boosts the value of property.

5. Street sweepers are a part of the community
Street sweeping is a profession that provides stable jobs to tens of thousands of people across the nation.

Most professionals in this industry specialize in a particular state or region and will often have roots to the community they serve. These professionals play an active role in contributing to the community both in and outside work.

Making the city or a neighborhood clean and habitable is everyone’s responsibility, but street sweepers make the most visible contribution to ensure this happens.The next time you see a clean street, remember someone dedicated time and effort to make it that way.

Looking for a trusted street sweeping partner?  Please give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to give you a quote and share our passion for street sweeping.

Parking Lot Line Striping: Why is it Important?

Give your parking lot the facelift it needs with Sweeping Corp of America's (Operating as C & L Services) line striping and handicap marking services.

Are your parking garage or parking lot stripes and markings faded, dull or even worn off completely? If so, it’s time for a new coat of paint for your parking lot! Give your property the facelift it needs and eliminate potential liability with Sweeping Corp. of America’s (Operating as C & L Services) line striping and handicap marking services.

Line Striping your parking lot or parking garage has a number of benefits, including:

  • Safety – The safety of the patrons and customers visiting your place of business should be paramount; faded crosswalks, parking spaces, and other safety markings in your parking lot can cause confusion for drivers and can even lead to accidents. Once these parking lot pavement markings have been given a fresh coat of paint, cars will move more efficiently through your lot and pedestrians will be at ease.
  • Curb Appeal – Nothing looks better than a fresh coat of paint! The same applies to your parking lot. Over time the lines and markings on the asphalt will fade due to constant exposure to the elements. Many parking lots are re-striped after their regularly scheduled seal coating. Leave a lasting first impression on your customers and patrons with a well-maintained parking lot.
  • Handicap Spaces and ADA Compliance – Indicating clear and proper access for the handicapped, as well as the most direct route to your building’s entrance, is a very important aspect of line striping. Also, ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliance thru pavement markings and signage ensures you avoiding fines and penalties and allows easy access to all potential customers, tenants, employees, and guests to your property.
  • Maximize Parking Spots – Parking line stalls that are clearly marked ensure that the most amount of customers and patrons can park in your lot at any given time. This ensures your visitors will all be able to find spaces during peak business hours.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) uses the most durable and longest lasting paints available. We can insure the services are performed at the most convenient time to minimize inconvenience to your customers.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is a street sweeping and property maintenance company servicing property managers and communities since 1971. Although our specialty is street sweeping, we have years of experience line striping and seal coating parking lots and parking garages all over New Jersey. Our crews are ready to tackle the toughest construction and project sites with our fleet of street sweepers.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to find out more about our services, or click here.

Asphalt Repair: The Difference Between Cold Patching and Hot Mix Patching

Asphalt Repair – Two Approaches

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Potholes and cracks appearing on asphalt coated surfaces are bound to appear with time, and they are almost always caused by long, sustained damage and temperature variations. Good property maintenance demands that such a surface—be it a pavement or a parking lot—be repaired as soon as the damage appears to prevent further damage and mitigate the costs of the asphalt repair.

If you’re looking for an experienced paver, read our article, Paving: How To Find The Right Paver For Your Project.

Sometimes, depending on the severity of the damage, repair may involve simple patchwork or it may take a lot of work to restore the surface. There are different ways to do the repair, the most popular being cold patch and hot mix. Read on to discover the difference between the two.

Cold Patch Asphalt Repair and Its Application

Some people see this as a “do-it-yourself” asphalt repair technique because of its simplicity, cold patch repair is a method that involves the use of ready-made polymer-modified asphalt. The asphalt is mixed with water then poured over the pothole or crack to fill and packing it as best as possible. The mix will dry quickly and the repaired surface will typically be ready to use within three to five hours.

As you can imagine, cold patch asphalt repair is a temporary fix that is great for small repairs that have to be carried out fast but do not necessarily have to be permanent. It is a very economical approach to sealing small potholes and cracks compared to hot mix patching and does not generally have a long life expectancy. Experts recommend that an asphalt surface is cold-patched as a way to mitigate further damage until hot mix patching is available or affordable.

Hot Mix Asphalt Repair and Its Application

For hot-mix asphalt patching, a solution made up of sand, gravel, or stone and asphalt cement is heated up to over 400 degrees and transported to the repair site.  This mix is poured into the cracks and potholes on the surface and heavy rollers are used to smooth the surface. This technique of asphalt repair is not for do-it-yourselfers considering the equipment and effort required to make the mix and apply the patch the right way.

If you have a surface with deep and wide potholes or large areas of damaged pavement, hot asphalt patching is the ideal solution to restore the surface with permanent results. While this process is more expensive compared to cold patching, it leaves the repaired surface as attractive as new. Hot asphalt patching repair requires more thorough preparation, and the surface takes more time to be ready for use. The extra time is needed so the mix will harden properly and bond with the asphalt surrounding it.

The best choice for repairing damage on an asphalt surface is hot mix. Not only does it produce better and lasting results, over time it is cost-efficient and a great way to preserve the value of a property. Cold patching, on the other hand, is a good temporary fix that can be used until hot mix patching is available (or affordable).

Do you have more questions on which type of asphalt repair you need?  Call us at 732-886-1940 and we will be glad to discuss your asphalt repair needs, objectives, and budget.

Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It

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Concrete Repair – Durable But Not Everlasting

Concrete is known to be a very strong,  exceptionally durable material used in construction. These are the characteristics that make concrete water inlets perfect for drainage or flowing rain water even in places of high traffic, such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs.

A typical concrete inlet features a grate that filters out the debris trapped in rainwater from entering and blocking the storm drain. The grate also prevents vehicles, people, and larger objects from falling into the culvert.

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Can Concrete Inlets Get Damaged?

Despite being dependable and durable, concrete inlets can fail, posing risks to people and animals who might fall into sink holes caused by the collapse of the inlet. When larger pieces of debris, leaves or construction materials find their way into the inlets, the drainage water backs up into the street or pathway.

This “backed-up” water seeps into the cracks between the inlet and the pavement and can cause erosion of the sub-strata. If this erosion is extreme, the inlet and supporting structure can fail and the concrete repair can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion to the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be filled, compacted, and reseeded.

Here are some of the main reasons why inlets collapse and what concrete repair measures are necessary to restore the inlets.

Reason 1: Structural Failure

Although concrete is the most dependable material to use in making inlet aprons and boxes, improper concrete mixing and pouring may leave weak spots after the concrete has cured.

These weak points are often difficult to spot in concrete but you can minimize risks by choosing high-quality factory-made precasts that have been tested for strength and consistency.

When it comes to concrete repair, poured-in-place casts must be designed to meet site-specific requirements including reinforcement and environmental conditions necessary for the concrete to dry properly.

Reason 2: Functional Failure

When a concrete inlet is poorly designed, it can collapse because it can’t handle the pressure of drainage water or when the load on the grates is too high.

When the inlet cover is installed without proper preparation or when the grates are too thin or too far apart, functional failure is possible. Such functional faults can be repaired before too much damage is done.

For effective and long lasting concrete repair, review and adjust for site-specific factors such as traffic, amount of water and debris, geographic features and environmental factors that affect the runoff water.

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Reason 3: Poor Maintenance

Like every other drainage system, a concrete inlet must be properly maintained to prolong its life and enhance its efficiency. This means that debris must be cleaned away from the grate after storms, smaller particles that build up must be cleaned out, and the entire drainage system must route the water to where it is designed.

A concrete repair process must include the use of a sufficiently large vault system, properly sized pipes, and maintenance access in the design for ongoing maintenance.

Concrete repair of collapsed inlets is a chance to fix all the problems that caused the collapse in the first place. These tips can be a starting point when assessing and repairing a collapsed or ineffective drainage inlet system.

Do you have an inlet in need of concrete repair?  Is your inlet sagging, cracked or not operating properly?  Call us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper level of inlet concrete repair.

Construction Street Sweeping- Why It Is Better To Stay Legal And Clean

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Construction Street Sweeping – Consistent is Better

Construction sites are well known for excessive buildup of litter and debris, which is why it is extremely indispensable to sweep and clean the sites consistently.  Government agencies are responsible for making sure that stormwater runoff from the construction sites and roadways does not harm the environment. Helping construction sites keep dirt off the area through regular street sweeping and in compliance with the regulations gives everyone a cleaner and healthier environment.

Construction street sweeping is not a cost, it is an investment. Limiting airborne dust and keeping waterways clean during construction may not seem important, however many consider it to be essential for cleanliness, keeping sediments, tracked soil and eroding off roads and completely out of water drainage systems. Believe it or not, the best way to alleviate water and air pollution is to simply sweep it off the streets, typically through construction street sweeping. And that is why, construction sweeping is considered to be an investment, and not a cost.

Construction Street Sweeping – Keeping The Municipality (and Neighbors) Happy

Construction street sweeping is required by the municipality where the project is being constructed. It is necessary to comply with EPA storm-water runoff rules since construction street sweeping is a valuable tool in the fight against all types of pollution. These rules also help to prevent storm-water drains from becoming clogged with dirt.

Water runoff that picks soil, sand, and silt from construction sites can harm coastal waters, lakes, rivers, and overtax sewer storm systems. And that is why the EPA has developed rules in order to require construction companies and home builders with developing and maintaining a SWPPP (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan) that addresses and recognizes all the erosion control.

Construction Street Sweeping – Reducing Pollution, Maintaining the Environment

Construction street sweeping also helps to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the storm-water system. Although the EPA completely establishes a recognized national standard definition, many construction companies may fall under the jurisdiction of a country, state, or even localized stormwater anti-pollution regulation.

As mentioned above, SWPPP describes all activities of the construction site’s operator in order to control erosion and sedimentation, curb stormwater contamination, and completely comply with the needs of the Clean Water Act. In case of bigger construction companies, it is essential to have staff responsible for sediment and erosion control and proper stormwater management.

Construction Street Sweeping – Making a Good Visual Impression

Construction sweeping also improves the cleanliness of the site. Routine construction sweeping can not only result in improved aesthetics, but also lead to improved environmental conditions along with cost savings. This in turn can also help with sales and marketing efforts as well as keeping the interiors of construction site buildings free of mud and dirt.

Regular sweeping can deal with all types of materials, including concrete spills, asphalt pieces, construction and mud debris. If these debris are not dealt with, it usually clogs the gutters, and when it rains most of the debris are washed into the drains where they eventually could lead to blockages and possible flooding that affects homeowners and roadways.

Keep your site clean and safe (and be environmentally responsible too!).  Call us at 732-886-1940 for quotes and advisory services for street sweeping.  We’re the street sweeping experts and we’re responsive, reliable and keep your site looking good.

Street Sweeping During Winter: The Importance of Removing Salt

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Street Sweeping as a Safety Strategy

Over 70 percent of Americans have to deal with the nasty cold weather that comes with winter. Although the snow and ice may look beautiful in pictures during the warmer months of the year, they present the most difficult conditions to travel in and require a great deal of manpower and materials to manage.

One of the most common materials used for snow and ice management is salt (also known as sodium chloride).  22 million tons of sodium chloride or road salt is dumped on paved surfaces to manage the ice by lowering its melting point. However, using salt on roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces has its downsides.

Why Street Sweeping is Crucial for Salt Removal

Using salt for snow and ice management during winter ultimately damages roads and other surfaces that get contaminated by salt.

Salt is one of the most basic naturally occurring chemicals that life needs to thrive. While it is the cheapest and most practical way for us to manage winter ice, road salt has one a serious effect on surfaces. Because it is caustic, it can cause the breakdown of other materials in nature, including substances that we use to pave road surfaces, parking lot stripping and even interior floors.

Removing salt with street sweeping helps minimize the caustic effects of road salt.

Can Salt Contribute to the Formation of Potholes?

Salt can speed up the appearance of potholes and makes existing deterioration on roads worse in certain situations. The salt itself used do not cause potholes, however it can contribute to the decreased life of the road.

It does this by exaggerating the freeze-thaw cycles at lower temperatures because of its property to keep water in liquid form even at very low temperatures.

Salt is a compound made up of two chemicals — sodium and chlorine. Sodium is a very corrosive element that will damage a wide range of substances that we use in interior and exterior surfaces, especially wood floors.

Chlorine, on the other hand, has a serious effect on parking lot stripping if the salt is allowed to accumulate on the stripping, causing the polymers in the stripe to dissolve.

Here’s one of our videos that explain some of the less obvious impacts of salt, debris and particulates on exterior and interior surfaces:

Street Sweeping – The Best Approach to Remove Salt

When the winter season passes, it is imperative that we mitigate the effects of salt on roads, interior floors, parking lots, and even our cars by removing it. Street sweeping is the ideal process that can clean away salt that has accumulated on surfaces during winter.

Removing salt is important not only because it will preserve paved surfaces, it also saves the environment by reducing the salt that could be washed on to plant areas and water catchment areas.

Municipalities employ street sweeping that uses the latest and most efficient equipment to remove as much salt from the roads, parking lots, and pavements as possible. If you have a road, walkway, or sidewalk that you care for, take some time to implement a plan for professional street sweeping.

The goal is to clean away the salt left over from the winter, preserve the paved surfaces, stripes, and floors and save money in the long run.

Need a salt removal plan? Call us at 732-886-1940. We’re professionals in all types of street, parking lot, and garage deck cleaning. Sorry, we don’t do floors but can provide you with excellent street sweeping.

Parking Lot Striping – Cleaning Surfaces Properly In Preparation for Your Striping Project

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) provides efficient parking lot striping solutions to clients all over New Jersey

Parking Lot Striping – More Impact Than You Know

Although parking lot striping may be looked at as something unimportant, it can have a tremendous impact on the overall usability of a parking lot. Adding stripes can make a parking lot more organized, easy-to-use and user-friendly – even for first-time visitors.

Most commercial property owners know this. Given the size and complexity of the typical parking lot of a commercial property, property owners have learned that parking lot striping can be a huge benefit to the tenant if done correctly or an equally big headache if done wrong.  Considering striping importance, once the parking lot is built (or repaired), they quickly seek out the services of a parking lot striping company.

Parking Lot Striping and Cleanliness

What most property owners don’t realize is that the cleanliness of the parking lot surface can directly impact the overall quality of the striping. An unclean surface can reduce the lifespan of the stripes.

The reason for this is simple: if the striping paint is laid on any residual dirt left on the parking lot surface, the next time the surface is cleaned, the paint can be worn off more quickly (or worse, stripped off by the sweeper). Stripes could chip, rip, or fade, and require repainting. This ultimately increases the costs of striping since it would need to be restored more frequently when compared to surfaces which are thoroughly cleaned before the striping project.

Parking Lot Striping – The Cleaning Checklist

Before a parking lot striping project is initiated, it is critical to ensure that the parking lot surfaces are carefully cleaned. Generally speaking, there are three types of surfaces which need to be cleaned before striping the parking lot.

These are cement, concrete, and asphalt. Below are simple guidelines on how to clean these surfaces.

Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Cement or Concrete Surfaces

Cement and concrete are common surfaces used on parking lot surfaces and paving stones. Cement is a binder material (like glue) which hardens to a durable surface. Concrete, on the other hand, is cement with an aggregate of sand, gravel and other materials that are added to provide a variety of hardness or porosity depending on the use of the surface.

The procedures for cleaning cement and concrete surfaces prior to parking lot striping are:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for cleaning concrete.

3. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

4. Spot-clean any stains with the appropriate cleaner (grease, oil, mastic, glue and molds all require different types of cleaner).

Please note that paver stone surfaces may need additional sanding after cleaning.

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Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Asphalt Surfaces

Most parking lot surfaces are made out of asphalt. Asphalt is a flexible material which is less expensive but requires more maintenance. The procedure for cleaning asphalt surfaces are the following:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Use a power blower to remove fine dust and dirt particles.

3. Pre-treat any oil, grease or petroleum stains.

4. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for asphalt.

5. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

The bottom line is that the first step towards preparing a parking lot striping project is to ensure that the surface to be “striped” be thoroughly clean. The surface should be cleaned using not just the approach, but also with cleaning detergents which are meant for that specific surface. This will ensure that any striping on the parking lot will be clear, visible, and last for a long time.

If you are a commercial property owner who is planning for a parking lot striping project, be certain to get a professional that will properly prepare the surface by thoroughly cleaning it. Otherwise, you may end up compromising the longevity of the parking lot stripes.

The good news is that when you hire Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) for parking lot striping services, professional cleaning will part of the project. You don’t need the additional step of hiring another company to clean the surface.

If you are looking for a team of professionals, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll provide you with a problem-free parking lot striping quote.

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