09 Dec What should I use to Clean my Driveway?
A driveway is an excellent addition to your home, providing a durable, long-lasting surface for your vehicles to drive on. However, over time your driveway may become dirty, stained, or discoloured, which can detract from it’s appearance and reduce it’s lifespan.
In this article, we’ll go through step-by-step how to have your driveway looking like new again.
Step 1: Remove any debris
The first step when you come to clean your concrete driveway is to remove any debris which is on the concrete surface. We recommend using either a broom or leaf blower to sweep any leaves, dirt, or any loose materials from the surface of your driveway. Removing any remaining debris ensures your cleaning solution can penetrate the surface of the concrete.
Step 2: Pre-treat stains
You should pre-treat any stains before you clean your driveway. There are a wide range of stain removers available that are effective for pre-treating stains, or if you prefer you can use a solution of water and vinegar or baking soda. Apply the solution to the stain and let it rest for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or sponge.
Step 3: Apply a cleaning solution
Once the debris has been removed, and you have pre-treated any stains, you can now apply a cleaning solution to your driveway. You can use one of our concrete cleaners, such as our xylene cleaning solutions which is a strong cleaning product which is perfect for previously sealed areas ready for a new concrete seal.
Apply the solution to the surface of your driveway and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Scrub the surface
After letting the cleaning solution rest, you can now scrub the surface of your driveway. A pressure washer or stiff-bristled are used to scrub the surface and remove any dirt and grime that has accumulated.
Choosing whether to use a stiff-bristled brush or a pressure washer depends on the stain/dirt you’re dealing with. For example, if it’s stubborn dirt, a pressure washer is the most effective. However, you must be careful at all times when using a pressure washer, as you need to use the appropriate setting for your driveway to avoid damaging the surface.
Step 5: Rinse the surface
A garden hose or a pressure washer are useful tools for rinsing off the cleaning solution and any remaining dirt and grime. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue on the surface.
If you are using a pressure washer, start at the highest setting, moving the nozzle in a sweeping motion across the surface of your driveway. Start at one end and make your way to the other end, rinsing the surface thoroughly. However, we should mention you should not use too much pressure, as this can damage your concrete.
Step 6: Allow time for driveway to dry.
Finally, once you’ve rinsed off the cleaning solution, allow your driveway enough time to dry. You can let it air dry or use a mop or squeegee to remove any excess water.
You may need to repeat these steps if you have located stains on your surface.
By following our step-by-step guide, you can restore your driveway to its original appearance and keep it looking beautiful and clean for years to come.