Looking after your SureSet resin bound paving in the winter

Category: "How to" Guides, Product Information and Technical, Sureset Blog

Posted 2nd December 2014 by Jim Newton


With winter approaching and the weather becoming colder people have started asking Ben and Dave, our friendly and very knowledgeable Technical Team, how to look after their SureSet surface in the icy or snowy conditions.

The most common question they are being asked right now is if it is ok to use rock salt on SureSet. In short, the answer is yes you can!

It is absolutely safe to apply salt to SureSet resin bound paving to prevent the formation of ice. It can also be used to dissolve unexpected ice or frost from your SureSet surface. We do however recommend that once the weather has risen to above freezing temperatures you thoroughly wash the area to remove any traces of salt.

You can also safely use a plastic snow shovel to remove snow from your SureSet driveway or pathway. And because there is no loose stone – guaranteed – you don’t end up with stones in places where they can cause damage i.e. on your lawn.

We do not recommend using a snow plough as this may cause damage to the surface by digging into the SureSet.

Because any melted snow disperses through the SureSet back to the water table, it leaves no puddles, which means no slippery icy patches – a great safety benefit.

Your SureSet permeable paving

SureSet surfaces are designed for normal pedestrian or vehicular use. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to look after your SureSet all year round…

To prevent tyre marks, we advise not turning your steering wheel while the vehicle is stationary. To remove tyre marks wipe with a white spirit soaked cloth and power wash with household detergent – please see further down for guidance on power washing.

SureSet is not intended to be used by heavy objects such as skips, which can also cause damage when dragged across the surface. Care should be taken with any metal objects such as motorbike stands, gardening machinery and car parts.

If you need to place a skip or use a car jack on your SureSet surface we recommend using wooden planks to spread the load.

Take care to avoid spillages of oil, grease, cement, petrol and solvents which can soften and damage the resin binder. Cement and concrete can be removed with diluted hydrochloric acid or a proprietary cement remover. For oil or grease spillages place an absorbent or absorbent cloth onto the surface to soak up the excess, apply household detergent onto the spill and using a stiff brush and warm water clean the surface, repeating if necessary.

If you have any questions, or in the event of damage to your SureSet surface please contact Dave as soon as possible on 01985 841853 for advice and, if necessary, a quote for a repair.

Routine Maintenance
We recommend that you regularly sweep the surface with a stiff broom, hosing with clean water at the same time.

You can power wash your SureSet surface using a pressure washer (up to 150bar rating). Taking care not to use excessive pressure, using cold water, keep the jet at least 200mm from the surface and use a sweeping motion. If the surface needs a more extensive clean, we recommend contacting a specialist-cleaning contractor.

If all weeds were removed before SureSet was installed it is highly unlikely that any new ones will grow. If any weeds do grow they should be treated with an appropriate weed killer.

Moss may form on top of SureSet, it can be removed easily using a stiff broom or pressure washer.

Oil stains are usually washed away with natural rainfall, however if you need to remove oil we advise washing with household detergent and warm water.

Chewing gum
Treat the chewing gum with a freezing spray and carefully remove with a wall/paint scraper when it has hardened.

These simple maintenance tasks will help keep your SureSet surface looking as good as new, for years to come.

This information is intended as a general guide on how to care and maintain your SureSet surface. While every effort is taken to ensure its accuracy customers should satisfy themselves that the treatment suggested is suitable for their specific requirements. SureSet assumes no responsibility for any damage that is caused.

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