If the asphalt walkway that is located in your back yard has small holes in its surface, clean and patch it by completing the project below. Once you have finished the steps, apply a couple coats of sealcoating to the walkway to provide the asphalt with a uniform appearance and protect it from becoming damaged.
Eliminate Loose Debris And Surface Stains
Move a push broom across the walkway's surface to collect dirt, grass cuttings, and any other type of yard debris. Use a water hose to dampen the asphalt. Cover visible stains with an even layer of powdered laundry detergent. Wait several minutes for the detergent to penetrate each stain before moving a deck brush or handheld scrub brush briskly back and forth over each detergent-covered surface.
If any of the stains do not respond to the detergent, pour a small amount of oxygenated bleach onto each one. Rinse the walkway's surface with a steady stream of water and allow plenty of time for the asphalt to dry.
Fill Holes In The Asphalt
Use a small shovel to fill each hole in the asphalt with cold asphalt patch. Move one side of a putty knife over the surface of each filled hole to smooth out the patch. Place a steel tamper against each filled hole and press the tool's handle down firmly to compress the patch. The directions that are listed on the bucket of patch will state how long you may need to wait for the product to harden.
Cover The Asphalt With A Couple Coats Of Sealer
Lay vinyl drop cloths over the property that surrounds the walkway. After stirring the contents of a bucket of asphalt sealer for a minute or two, fill a paint tray with the sealer. Place the paint tray next to the walkway to avoid accidentally spilling sealer onto the asphalt. Cover a thick-napped paint roller with an even amount of asphalt sealer. Move the roller in straight lines across the walkway's surface. Apply more sealer to the roller as needed.
Wait for the sealer to dry thoroughly before adding a second coat of the product to the walkway. After the second coat of sealer has dried, remove the drop cloths from the ground, and use the walkway as you normally would.
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