Cleaning A Brick or Tile Driveway

14th July 2021

Brick and tile driveways can be very alluring. Clay brick driveways are a classic when it comes to driveway surfaces. They instantly add an elegant feel to the area around it. Your curb is bound to look timeless with a lush green front yard and a clean driveway. If you’re looking to have your driveway cleaned by the professionals, then look no further than Just Clean Property Care. Our team of Manchester driveway cleaners are always ready, just give us a call!

Tile driveways are similar to brick driveways in the sense that they are both block pavers. In addition, the mechanics for installing both tile and brick driveways are identical. Maintenance, therefore, is pretty much the same:

You Will Need

  1. Hosepipe with a pressure nozzle.
  2. Buckets
  3. Paver cleaning solution. It can be an oxygenated bleach solution or a leave-on cleaning solution.
  4. Pressure washer with a rotary nozzle.
  5. Detergent.
  6. Outdoor broom or push broom
  7. Sawdust/ cat litter/ Diatomite
  8. Degreaser
  9. Sand and cement
  10. Absorbent cloth/rag/towel.

Let’s Get Cleaning!

First, set up the area you are about to clean:

  1. Make sure you have cleared your driveway. Remove any objects or obstacles that are not required. Use a broom to clear the area of dead leaves.
  2. Cover nearby walls, plants, or potters with tarp or plastic. It will ensure that debris will not ricochet onto them.

Now, we can carry on to the oil spots.

Cleaning Oil/Grease Spots or Stains

  1. Rub the area with an absorbent cloth.
  2. Sprinkle the absorbent powder (cat litter/diatomite) onto the affected area. After a few minutes, brush it away. 
  3. Use a degreaser if the spots remain. Leave it as required and then hose it down. 
  4. For other stains, you can use detergent mixed with warm water. Use a brush/broom to scrub it, then hose it down.

Using the Pressure Washer

Pressure washing takes a lot of water and time. So, pick out at least 2 days- one for cleaning and one for drying and aftercare. Also, make sure no other water-intensive activity is being done on the cleaning day.

  1. Manually weed out any growth that has come up in between the pavers. 
  2. Next, we have to pour the bleach solution into the pavers. If you have a leave-in cleaning solution, apply it to the pavers now. To prepare the bleach solution, mix oxygenated bleach and water in a 1:3 ratio. 
  3. After a few minutes, the cleaning or bleach solution will have dissolved most of the grime. You can start using the pressure washer. Set it on a low to the medium setting and use gentle swipes to avoid ‘striped’ blocks. 
  4. You may splash a considerable amount of debris during pressure washing. Use a broom to brush it onto grass or a nearby drain. 
  5. After cleaning and letting it dry for about 24 hours, sprinkle in the sand between the pavers. Then follow with cement on the pavers.
  6. You can also apply the leave-on cleaning solution to keep the pavers clean for longer. Do not apply the bleach solution. It may discolor the bricks/tiles.

Conclusion

Cleaning and maintaining block pavers can be expensive and time-consuming. However, you only need to do it once or twice a year. Clean block pavers will make driveways last longer and will keep your curb looking classy.