Now that spring is sprung, here are a few tips on how to spruce up your resin surface:
Regular sweeping and washing is often the only maintenance necessary. Apart from keeping the surface’s looks and preventing the growth of moss and algae, regular cleaning will quickly highlight any problem areas which can be most easily rectified at an early stage.
The answer to most issues e.g. moss, tree sap, dust and dirt build up is washing up liquid and a stiff broom. Rinsing off with a household pressure washer will have your surface looking like new (make sure you keep the nozzle around 30cm from the surface).
If you have more persistent issues, we recommend the following:
Removing Moss and Algae: Moss and algae can grow under certain conditions; fortunately, they are quickly removed with proprietary products. A weak solution of bleach can sometimes prove effective, but its use must only be used after a test application in a small non-critical area. Prolonged contact with bleach may damage or stain certain aggregates including limestone and in all cases its use must be followed with a thorough wash with water. Follow local regulations.
Tyre Marks: Care should be taken when manoeuvring your vehicles. Avoid turning the wheels when stationary to avoid tyre marks (washing up liquid or engine de-greaser will deal with them).
General Recommendations: Some quite common chemicals including petrol, diesel fuel, oil, tar and many others can damage resin-based products causing softening or degradation. All spills should be quickly removed and thoroughly flushed with water.
Chewing gum: This can be treated by using a freezing spray, this comes in an aerosol spray can. Once treated, the hardened gum can be scraped off. Be careful of the angle and force you handle your scraper with. Care should be taken to avoid dislodging or scarring the aggregate.
Cement Stains: Following all Health & Safety Regulations, hydrochloric acid can remove Cement Stains. However, we recommend its use only by professional contractors.
Rust Spots: Iron ore is present in most natural aggregates. As time progresses rust spots may appear. These can be tackled with diluted oxalic acid. This is the same remedy for rust marks caused by rusting metal that has been resting on your surface and left marks.
Using Resin Based Surfaces: Our resin-based surfacing design is optimised for pedestrian and light vehicular traffic use. We also design resin-based systems for heavier commercial use which of course require a more substantial construction. Very heavy loading, exampled by scaffolding, refuse skips, hydraulic legs on cranes etc. must always be spread by the use of wooden boards or metal plates. We have found that dragging heavy loads can also damage resin-based surfaces and must be avoided.