How can I maintain my resin bound gravel surface?
Whilst resin bound surfaces are extremely low maintenance, in order to keep them looking as good as new, there are some simple measures you can take at home to keep the surface performing and looking in prime condition.
IMMEDIATE AFTERCARE FOR YOUR RESIN SURFACE
It very important that nothing touches the resin (until it sets) that can cause imprints. Cats and foxes will be your main culprits so it’s important to keep the area fenced in as much as possible and keep an eye on animals in the area!
Removing leaves, sand, soil and other similar materials from your resin bound pavingcan be done by giving the area a simple sweep with a stiff brush. Hosing the resin surface down with clean water will also clean the paving. Regular brushing and hosing down is the most common source of maintenance on resin bound surfaces.
Staining can occur from debris if they are not cleaned away and are left on the resin surface for prolonged periods of time. Most stubborn stains and grime elements can be removed with a pressure washer (maximum 150 bar rating). A fan type lance should be used and it should be sprayed minimum 200mm above the resin bound surface. Only cold water should be used on resin surfacing.
If any chewing gum were to stick to your resin surface, it can be easily removed with freeze spray. Each piece of chewing gum should be hardened with the freeze spray and then gently scraped off with a suitable scraper.
Resin surfacing is weed resistant and is treated with weed growth prior to the installation of the resin bound. No weeds should grow up through the surface, however seedlings in the air may land on your surface and cause some growth. If you are using a strong weed killer, make sure to water it down significantly. Strong weed killers that aren’t watered down could discolour the surface of your resin surface.
It is very unlikely that moss or algae will grow on your resin paving, however some climates and weather conditions can mean that moss may grow. Moss and algae killer can be applied every now and then, in accordance with the manufactures instructions. This will remove and prevent the moss returning.
Brake fluid is extremely corrosive to resin bound surfaces. In the event that brake fluid lands on your paving, remove it straight away with warm water.
Engine fluid can cause possible staining to resin surfaces, so in order to prevent this it is important to remove any engine fluid that has been spilt the surface with a mild detergent such as washing up liquid or car shampoo mixed with warm water. In order to remove fuel/oil stains, use a stiff brush to apply the emulsifier. Allow the detergent to sink in for 10 minutes and then use a pressure washer to remove it from the surface.
To avoid tyre marks appearing on the surface, try not to turn the steering wheel of your vehicle whilst stationary. If there are tyre marks on the surface, simply wipe down with white spirit and wash with emulsifier and a pressure washer.
Although our resin bound surface reduces the chance of ice and slippages, it is wise to still take precaution. White rock salt can be used on the surface of the resin to remove ice and frost. Be sure to remove salt traces once the adverse weather has subsided.