Spring is on the way, which means it’s almost time to see all the damage winter has done to your commercial parking lot. It’s the time of the year to reduce clutter and mess—why should your parking lot be excluded from your spring-cleaning routine?
A clean, well-maintained parking lot reflects well on your business and keeps your customers safe. No one likes driving through a leaf litter-covered, pothole-ridden parking lot—that’s not the first impression you want to give new customers, either. Here’s what to include in your springtime commercial parking lot maintenance to get your lot looking fresh.
When the snow melts, you’ll likely find your commercial parking lot covered in dirt and road salt residue, as well as other plant debris that may have been frozen under layers of ice. A good spring cleanup includes power blowing the debris from your parking lot, followed by a complete sweeping.
Any oil spills should be taken care of as soon as possible. Not only are they damaging to the environment and something you don’t want customers stepping in, but extended exposure to oil can damage the surface of your asphalt parking lot.
Don’t forget to clear out your parking lot’s drainage system! Sticks, rocks, and plant matter can hinder drainage, causing water to sit on the asphalt, which won’t do any favors for your parking lot’s longevity.
Address Potholes and Cracks
When the temperatures change as frequently and extremely as they do in Minnesota, potholes and cracks are unfortunately a large part of our lives. Potholes and cracks should be addressed after debris is removed from the parking lot, and spring is the perfect time to schedule a repair, as you don’t want them around when the next winter arrives.
Potholes and cracks should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent them from worsening or causing liability issues. Addressing them will help maximize the longevity of your parking lot.
Your parking lot’s striping will fade with weather wear and traffic, but your parking lot lines are a matter of safety. Customers rely on them to know where to park, which way to drive, and where crosswalks and fire lanes are. If the lines are faded, a good restriping ensures safety and improves your parking lot’s curb appeal.