Own Your Own Business? 2 Tips To Keep Your Parking Lot Looking Great

25 August 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


A well-maintained property is attractive to customers and could make a difference in people choosing to stop to shop at your business. One type of maintenance you should make sure stays in good condition is your parking lot. This is because this is the first thing people will see when looking at your business. Below are two tips to help you get started in taking proper care of your parking lot.

Keep from Dirt and Debris

Keeping your parking lot clean not only makes it look nice, but can also help keep your customers safe, as some debris could cause them to trip and fall. Some things left on pavement, such as dirt, will start to deteriorate the paving materials, which would result in high repair bills.

To save you time, can hire a street sweeper company to regularly clean it for you. There are different types of sweepers they may use, including:

  • Conventional sweeper: This sweeper has swishing brooms that move from left to right and the debris is collected in a large dustpan. The dustpan is dumped into a large basin when it becomes full.
  • Water: Some street sweeping trucks use water to clean streets and parking lots. As the truck moves over your parking lot, it will spray water through jets that are located underneath it. While the water is sprayed, brush spin to clean the parking lot.
  • Air sweeper: These trucks clean your parking lot with air. There is a hydraulic system on the truck that pumps air from jets. The air loosens and removes dirt and debris. Once loosened, they are vacuumed and placed into a waste container on the truck.

For more information, contact Armstrong Sweeping Inc/ASI or a similar company.

Parking Spaces Lines

Each parking space should have proper line striping so customers know where to park their cars. If your parking lot is not very large, you can do this yourself. One easy way is to mark each line with some chalk and then use this as a guide to know where to paint the lines.

When painting, use aerosol water-based dry road paint that can be purchased at most paint stores. Spray the paint over the line. Let the first layer dry complete and apply a second layer.

If you have a larger parking lot, there are asphalt striping machines that will do the work for you. If you choose to use this machine on your own, make sure you understand how to use it properly. In most cases, the machine will hold one to two cans of aerosol paint. The machine is guided over each line on wheels to make it easy for you to move it.

If you have a large parking lot, you should consider hiring a professional to line stripe it for you. This will save you a lot of time and you would know the job would be done correctly.

You also need to watch for damage to your parking lot, such as cracks in the pavement. If found you should repair them immediately before the cracks become much larger.