Top tips for cleaning and maintaining your resin bound or bonded surface

Many customer ask us how to keep their new resin bound or bonded surfacing looking as good as new ... here are our top tips
Resin Bound Driveway, Leicestershire

Resin bound & bonded surfaces offer a wide variety of benefits over other surfacing solutions – one feature it boasts most prominently is its ability to look like it’s just been freshly laid year after year. So, having just had your resin bound or bonded surfacing installed, how do you keep it clean and maintain its smooth finish?

It’s important to note from the get-go that a low-maintenance surface still requires some degree of looking after to guarantee that premium look all year round. Regular cleaning can also largely decrease your chance of running into potential issues further into the surfacing’s life. We at HMS recommend 2 simple ways to maintain your new surface.

#1  Sweeping

Firstly, the most obvious, is Sweeping. A regular sweep will remove debris and leaves not allowing them to rot and potentially stain your resin surface – we recommend a stiff-bristled broom or brush. Combining this with a garden hose pipe is an efficient way in which to keep your surface clean, sweeping back and forth whilst hosing the area down is more than enough to bring back its original shine. Due to the porous nature of resin bound surfacing, water will be able to pass through preventing puddles from forming.

#2  Jet-washing

Secondly, Jet-washing is the route to take if looking for the most thorough clean. Similarly, to sweeping, systematically working back and forth across the area (in a sweeping motion) will remove any dirt that has found its way onto your surface. We find it’s best to give it a quick sweep before doing so to ensure the best results. You do not need an industrial power jet wash to do this, moderate pressure and temperature are more than sufficient for a successful clean. This can be achieved with most domestic pressure washers which we recommend being used on a patio/fan setting to avoid direct pressure.

We understand that long-term use can throw up some other types of cleaning and/or damage that needs to be dealt with – so here are a few top tips we have compiled for more specific types of staining or damage:

#3  Build-up of algae or moss

A build-up of algae or moss (most common in areas that do not receive sunlight) can be dealt with whilst jet-washing and will quickly lift off with little elbow grease – mold/algae treatments can be used to treat both systems without damaging the surface. A method to avoid this all together would be to cut back plants or shrubbery that is shading the area, however, we do appreciate that this cannot always be done.

#4  Oil or fuel spillage

If you happened to have an oil or fuel spillage, treat it like a stain on your clothes – soapy water applied to the affected area (the sooner, the better) followed by a once over with a jet-wash would see this kind of stain removed. Washing up liquid is perfectly suitable as it is de-greasing & non-hazardous – no need for expensive cleaning products!

#5  Tyre marks

Tyre marks are another hazard for a resin bound or bonded surface due to the nature of its use, however a wipe down with some white spirits followed by a quick jet-wash would lift these marks out of your surface.

#6  Damage caused by heavy loads

Both resin bound & bonded surfaces need to be protected from scaring and point loading – including scaffolding and ladder feet. Heavy objects such as skips, if dragged, can damage the surfacing causing stone loss, boards are recommended to be placed under any point loading to distribute the weight load more evenly (resin bound carries a weight limit of around 7.5 tonnes and care should be taken to not dry steer on either product).

 

Like anything you have owned before, looking after it from day one will prolong its life and ensure it continues to look good all year round. Following the methods laid out in this guide and your resin bound, or bonded surface will keep receiving compliments for years to come.

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HMS has more than 25 years’ unrivalled trading history in providing high quality resin based surfacing treatments for Highways England, Main Contractors, Local Authorities, National Home Builders and private individuals.

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