Best Tips For Driveway Cleaning

Best Tips For Driveway Cleaning

13th June 2021

Best Tips For Driveway Cleaning

??th June 2021

You wake up one day to discover that you have not cleaned your driveway for a long time. There are grease, oil, and paint spots on your hardscape, and the leaves and grass you forgot to sweep accumulated and caused brown patches. Don’t worry; follow the best tips we have for you, and you will have the driveway looking clean and beautiful again.

Oil and greasy Spills

Oil, grease, and brake fluid are more noticeable on concrete than asphalt driveway, but whichever type it is, cleaning them off sooner will prevent nasty stains. Oils and grease also have high chances of softening and deteriorating asphalt.

For cleaning, first, soak the oil spill for some hours with any absorbent, then sweep and scoop it. To clear the stain, use the following method for your driveway.

Asphalt: make sure to use an oven cleaning spray that is biodegradable and leave it for 30 minutes. The oven cleaning product removes tough grease on your oven, and it does the same trick on the asphalt. If there is any remaining stain, then you can use a sealer.

Concrete: The most effective way to remove oil from concrete is to mix a liquid absorbing product (corn starch or diatomaceous powder) with liquid Trisodium phosphate and create a paste. Apply the paste, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then scrape it with a stiff nylon brush. Repeat the step to remove the stain entirely.

Dirty Driveways

The power washer is an excellent way to clean, but if you don’t have one, you can use a stiff-bristle broom and a garden hose to clean the dirt and debris. This method works for both asphalt driveway and concrete driveway. 

Firstly, you have to sweep the loose dirt and debris, then spray some water to soak it for some time before scouring the mud with a stiff broom and hose. 

Decaying Organic Material

As piles of leaves decompose, they form a stain on the driveway—combine ½ cup of liquid detergent or powdered laundry detergent and 3 gallons of warm water. Pour it onto the stains and scrap with a stiff-bristle brush. You can now rinse it with water, scatter powdered laundry detergent if there are any remaining stains, and clean again.

Paint Problems

Paints that are latex-based can be removed by wetting them with water, then sprinkling household cleaning powder and scrubbing it with a stiff-bristle brush. 

Oil and paint based on acrylic that spill on asphalt driveway can be treated by coating the area with a sealer. 

Removing paint spills from concrete is done using a paint removing solution on the spill, scrubbing the patch with a stiff-bristle brush, then rinse it all with water. 

Rust Stains

Rust stains are not a big problem on asphalt as on concrete. The best solution is muriatic acid that will eliminate rust stains. Safety precautions have to be taken when using it. Always wear rubber gloves and protect your eyes. Pour the acid on the rust stain and gently rub with a stiff-bristle brush. 

There you have it, a clean and beautiful driveway. Ensure to frequently maintain and clean your driveway in Manchester and follow these stain removing tips to help you keep a clean and beautiful driveway.