Perfect Your Patio To Sell: 3 Cleaning Tips For Your Asphalt Patio

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Removing clutter, making repairs, and staging furniture and décor are all important tasks you need to complete before placing your house on the market to sell. However, cleaning your home's outdoor living space is also necessary. Considering a patio is one of the top 10 features buyers hope for in a house, ensuring your patio is clean and in good condition is key. Using these tips, your asphalt patio will be clean and appealing to potential buyers.

Simple Cleaning with Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, creates carbonation when it encounters moisture on a surface. This carbonation will dissolve away tough dirt, debris, and stains from your patio. In an outdoor sprayer, combine the following:

  • 2 gallons of warm water
  • 2 cups of baking soda

Shake the sprayer to mix the ingredients. Be sure the baking soda dissolves into the water before spraying. Pump the sprayer handle to create pressure in the nozzle. Then, douse the patio with the baking soda solution. Allow it to sit and soak into the patio for 15 minutes before rinsing with your garden hose.

Stain Removal with Soda

If you use your patio for relaxing or entertaining, you most likely have one or more stains on your asphalt. While the darker color tone of asphalt may not show imperfections as clearly as concrete, removing the stains before showing your house is smart. If stains are visible on the patio, potential buyers may feel you did not properly maintain your home.

Consider using soda to remove these unappealing stains from your asphalt patio. Open a can of traditional dark soda and pour directly over any light spots of heavy stains on your patio. Allow the soda to soak overnight. In the morning, place a few layers of paper towels over the same area to soak up the soda.

The acidic nature and carbonation of the soda will remove any discoloration from the asphalt, without damaging its surface.

Oil Removal with Oil

Motorized vehicles, lawn care equipment, and even your grill's propane tank can all cause grease, gas, and oil to stain your patio. While surprising to hear, you can remove these greasy spots using lubricating oil.

Clean your patio using the simple baking soda solution and allow to dry for a few hours. Purchase a can of spray lubricating oil and apply directly to grease, gas, or oil spots. Allow the lubricating oil to soak the spots for a few hours before rinsing with your garden hose. For stubborn stains, spray the spots and scrub with a soft-bristled brush before rinsing with your hose.

For more information about asphalt patios, contact Superior Asphalt Paving Inc. or a similar company.

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