Driveway cleaning is an important maintenance task which can extend the life of your surfacing, regardless of whether you’ve chosen concrete, asphalt, interlocking brick or an alternative material. For the most effective cleaning, it’s important to use material-specific techniques and tools specially designed to help you get the job done easily and effectively.
Cleaning grease spots
Grease spots are a common problem on driveways. There are a few different methods for handling them depending on your driveway surface material. On concrete, cola and dishwashing liquid effectively bust grease spots. Simply pour the soda onto the stain, saturating it and leaving it to soak overnight. In the morning, lather up a nylon brush with dishwashing liquid and warm water, then scrub. The stain will lift away quickly and easily.
On asphalt, trisodium phosphate, bleach, and baking soda are all very effective. Apply one of these compounds directly to the stain, then use a broom with firm bristles to scrub it away.
A pressure washer is one of the most effective tools for cleaning dirt and debris from your driveway. However, be careful not to use a pressure washer to attempt to remove oil patches or other set-in stains. The intense pressure created by the hose can actually grind the stain further into your driveway surface. General driveway cleaning with a pressure washer works best when you use a hose that’s capable of producing at least 3,000 PSi, and you can reinforce your efforts by applying a protective coating to your clean driveway once you’ve finished.
Taking care of your driveway is essential to avoid the expenses associated with resurfacing it. With proper maintenance, a concrete, asphalt or interlocking brick driveway will add years of curb appeal to your home.