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

Parking Lot Striping – More Impact Than You Know

parking lot striping-sweeping.comAlthough 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 is 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.

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 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, call us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll provide you with a problem-free parking lot striping.

 

 

 

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  1. Hey we are looking to get all of our commercial lots cleaned regularly and striped bi-annually! Could we get a quote for this?

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