How To Clean and Finish After Laying Asphalt

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning up After a Pavement Installation

Cleaning up after laying a paved driveway is an important step to ensure a neat and finished appearance. Here’s a step-by-step guide on the proper way to clean up after laying a paved driveway:

  1. Allow the pavement to cure: Before you begin the cleanup process, it’s crucial to let the pavement cure. The curing time can vary depending on the type of pavement material used. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with the contractor to determine the recommended curing time.
  2. Remove excess materials: Start by removing any loose or excess materials from the surface of the driveway. Sweep the entire area with a broom or use a leaf blower to clear away debris, such as gravel, dirt, leaves, or grass clippings. Examine the edges and corners where debris can accumulate.
  3. Address spills and stains: If there are any spills or stains on the surface, address them promptly. Oil, grease, or other stains can be challenging to remove once they set in. Use an appropriate cleaner or degreaser recommended for the specific type of pavement you have. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use a stiff brush or broom to scrub the stains. Rinse the area thoroughly with water afterward.
  4. Clean the edges: The edges of the driveway may have accumulated excess material or become messy during the paving process. Use a shovel or a hand trowel to carefully scrape away any excess material along the edges. Ensure that the edges are neat and defined, giving the driveway a finished appearance.
  5. Inspect and repair: After the initial cleanup, carefully inspect the entire driveway for any damaged or uneven areas. Look for cracks, low spots, or other imperfections. If you notice any issues, consult with the contractor or a professional to determine the best course of action for repair or maintenance.
  6. Dispose of waste properly: Dispose of any waste materials, such as excess asphalt, concrete, or packaging, responsibly. Check local regulations for proper disposal methods, as some materials may require special handling. Avoid dumping any waste into storm drains or other environmentally sensitive areas.
  7. Maintain the driveway: Once the cleanup is complete, it’s essential to maintain the driveway properly. Regularly sweep the surface to remove debris, and promptly address any spills or stains. Additionally, apply sealant or protective coatings as recommended by the manufacturer to prolong the lifespan of the pavement and enhance its appearance.

Remember to consult the specific guidelines provided by your contractor or manufacturer, as different paving materials may have unique requirements for cleanup and maintenance. If you live in the Virginia area and are within driving distance of our Harrisonburg location consider hiring us to complete the entire installation process and the cleanup! call us at (540) 249-4241 or visit our contact page.

About the author

Megan Edwards is the Granddaughter of Wesley Edwards, founder of Edward's paving Contractor.