At Timberley Projects, one of the most common questions we get asked is about taking care of resin-bound driveways. Firstly, it’s important to note that resin-bound driveways are, by their very nature, low maintenance. However, we understand that your resin-bound driveway is an investment you’ll want to protect. That’s why we always provide our customers with resin-bound driveway care instructions.
In this article, we thought we’d share some tips for taking care of any minor mishaps, such as chewing gum or oil spillages. Additionally, we’re covering some general maintenance tips. Read on for the lowdown!
Resin-Bound Driveway Care:
A clean driveway is a happy driveway:
Regular and appropriate cleaning of your resin-bound driveway will undoubtedly help the durability of its surfacing. Clean it as regularly and as frequently as necessary to maintain its appearance. Resin-bound driveway care should be as simple as a broom to remove surface debris. So, only use water if necessary. And, finally, only use cleaning products when water and a sweeping brush are insufficient for cleaning the surface. Always avoid using abrasive pads and wire brushes.
Cleaning products… Proceed with care:
Cleaning products should be pH neutral where possible. Always consider biodegradability when cleaning permeable pavement as chemicals will drain to natural watercourses. When using acidic or alkaline cleaners, pH should be as close to neutral as possible. Neutralise cleaners before flushing with clean water to reduce the risk of staining and degradation of the resin. We always recommend a discrete test patch before general use.
Move over moss:
After brushing off biological growth, remove remaining moss, algae, lichen or other biological growth from the surface with a proprietary fungicide. Flushing with clean water may not be necessary and may affect the long term effectiveness of the treatment. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer and abide by local regulations with regard to the use of chemicals. We recommend periodic use of a fungicide as a preventative measure in areas where conditions are likely to promote biological growth.
Say ‘Ciao’ to chewing gum:
Chewing gum can be removed by scraping or chipping away or using proprietary local “spot” removal solutions. You may also choose to employ a commercial cleaning company. Always take care not to dislodge aggregate.
Perfect your power washing:
If you’re power washing the surface, only use sufficient water pressure to remove dirt or contamination. Use cold water only (maximum 40 0C) with a fan jet, maintaining at least 300 mm between the lance and the surface holding the lance at an angle of approximately 450. Always avoid concentration of the jet on one area by using a sweeping action from side to side.
Obliterate oil stains:
Use a proprietary degreasing material, like ‘Fairy Liquid’, and scrub this into the surface with a broom. Ingrained stains might require the degreaser to be left in place for some time to allow the product to penetrate the deposit before flushing. Several applications of degreaser may be required for full removal.
Say ‘Toodle-oo’ to tyre marks:
Use a proprietary tyre mark remover.
Say ‘Cheerio’ to cement stains:
Use a proprietary acid-based concrete or mortar cleaner and neutralise immediately after removal of the stain using copious amounts of clean water. We always recommend a discrete test patch before general use. Always follow the manufacturer’s application instructions and health and safety guidelines.
We hope you’ve found our resin-bound driveway care guide useful. Contact us for a complimentary, no-obligation, resin-bound driveway installation quote.