How to pressure wash an asphalt driveway with Power Bolt
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (00:00):
What's up guys. This is Old Man Wags here with Dirt Killer Pressure Washers, showing you another product demonstration where we are going to be focusing on right now is Power Bolt. This is known as an industrial solvent. What that means is has a lot of properties of = a degreaser, but it does not carry all of the caustic properties or the pH balance that a degreaser would normally have. The reason that is important is because right now we are cleaning an asphalt driveway. Look down the driveway. We have lots of oil stains. We have some gas droppings that are on the end that we have a lot of dirt that's on the surface, which is all well and good and normal for a driveway. The problem is asphalt is oil based because of that, you can't use something that's heavily caustic, basically wipe the surface.
Why Power Bolt a solvent and not a degreaser?
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (00:37):
Otherwise you pull all the color out. You'll pull a lot of basically the glue that's holding everything together and your asphalt will just basically be poorly colored stone. By the time you're done, if you use something too aggressive. Power Bolt comes into play because it takes a lot of the properties of a degreaser puts them and pairs them with a floating surfactants that you're basically pulling off all these surface oils that are sitting on top of the asphalt, but not allowing it to penetrate deep enough to actually pull oil from the asphalt itself. So what we're going to do is just basically lay down a nice, easy mix of about 30 to one Power Bolt water to the surface as we do that, you'll be able to see everything come right up with us, just for instance. So we're going to walk this driveway real quick and see how everything turns out as the pan, the camera around what we're focusing on.
Soap up at a 30:1 ratio - Let dwell 5-10 minutes
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (01:18):
All the oil on the driveway that's sitting where cars normally are parked. If they come back here, we have a little bit of runoff from I'm going to guess and say, at some point the chimney had some decent bleed going on. We have different areas that basically just as it floods through this little bottom of the shed, there's some oils that come out. So it's probably sitting in something sitting here that also leaks, but decent amount of oil, not too heavy, but just enough that we can get a good product demonstration going. So we're going to first step is basically apply our solution to the surface. We're going to hit and Power Bolt at approximately 30 to one. We'll let it sit for a few minutes and then we'll just go ahead and wand it off and see where it goes.
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (02:25):
Hey guys. So as you can see, Power Bolt made very easy work of this entire driveway. All we did is apply it at a 30:1 ratio of water. We let it sit on the surface for probably between five and seven minutes. Wasn't really a whole lot of dwell time. And then we basically did a rinse, the entire thing off using a mild fan tip at about 2000 PSI. It did take some time to clean the entire asphalt. You want to make sure that you priced these kinds of things accordingly. But, if you look at the before and after photos, that we're about to slide up here. We can see our first oil stain was about halfway up the driveway where our customer normally parked. It definitely made easy work with that we were able to rinse the entire thing down. Our oil stain further in the back turns out that is where the customer actually changes oil.
Rinse with pressure washer fan tip 2000 PSI
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (03:04):
So it makes sense that there'd be a little bit deeper of the stain there. What we focused on was just basically getting as much of it off the surface as possible. It was getting a little slick back there. You could tell that when I was watching the video with my foot, it was sliding a little bit. All the oils came off of the surface and as we were cleaning them, you could see a lot of the we'll say, just surface staining, all the dirt that it grabbed, all the contaminants that were just sitting there, they easily just wash themselves free. What you'll notice though, is there still a little bit of residual staining or discoloration on the asphalt itself. That is because the longer oil stains sits on asphalt, it basically becomes part of the asphalt through the process of leaching. As it does that.
Josh Wagner : Power Washer Training (03:40):
There's nothing you can really do to bring it back other than putting a new coating on it. But the important part is that the surface oils are gone, the contaminants are gone. And once again, it is just dry asphalt, nice clean asphalt, ready for rain. The important thing is to get everything off of the surface that you put down, making sure that there's nothing there that can dry residual. So asphalt is a different kind of cleaning process than some of the other thing that we're focusing on the rest of the house. But if you like what you see, don't forget the like and subscribe. This is Dirt Killer Pressure Washers. Let's kill some dirt.