Having a stunning concrete driveway that leads to your property can be like having a red carpet laid out in front of you every time you come and go from your property. If the concrete driveway is left unkempt, it can make that red carpet looking rather dirty, grim and unwelcoming to anyone making their way to your property.
Even the best made concrete driveway will eventually lose its gleam and when it does, it’s important to get your driveway cleaned in order to return it to its former glory.
A concrete driveway has to deal with oil spillage, tire marks, mould and even chemicals if weed killer or grass fertilizer is used nearby. However, the look of your concrete driveway doesn’t have to suffer provided you’re using the best methods and tools to clean it.
Here is a step by step guide on how to efficiently clean your concrete driveway
Assess Your Concrete Driveway
Before we get into using the best tools and methods for cleaning your concrete driveway, it’s important to start with a quick assessment. Are there any large oil stains on the driveway? Are there any areas where mould has accumulated? Concrete is a durable material, but are there any areas of the concrete driveway that have been significantly damaged?
Lightly Clean Your concrete driveway
Concrete driveways can be damaged by such things as harsh winter and thawing cycles, wear and tear over many years and even the quality of the concrete mix. Also, leaking pipes may have caused large scale erosion to the concrete driveway over a considerable amount of time. If you do find large cracks in your concrete driveway, you may be in a position where you have to consider replacing it.
You can look for these things while you’re doing a quick clean with a hose or a soft bristle brush. If you don’t find any large damage to your concrete driveway then you may just need to clear it of leaves, some sprouting weeds or unkempt grass patches around the edges.
Use Driveway Cleaner On Your Concrete Driveway
To ensure that yourself and others have a great place to park at your property, you should consider using a driveway cleaner that is purpose made for concrete driveways. The best products you can use are environmentally friendly products and not harsh chemicals or methods that are going to damage your concrete driveway. The cleaner should be applied evenly across the entire surface of your concrete driveway, and while you’re doing this be sure to protect any nearby metal or glass that the concrete driveway cleaner may come into contact with.
Wash Down Your Concrete Driveway
When washing down your concrete driveway after applying the cleaner, we recommend that you wash it down with a hose. You should not need to use a pressure washer because the cleaner should sufficiently cut through any dirt or grime on your concrete driveway. However, if you do choose to use a pressure washer you should not use any more than 3,000 psi (pounds per square inch), because you may damage the concrete driveway.
After you have followed these steps, you should have a driveway that looks as clean as it did the day it was installed! There may be some cases where every method you try does not return the driveway to its former glory, and in that case, it would be best to call in a professional driveway/patio cleaner.
Give our professional, reliable and efficient driveway and patio cleaners a call and remove all the stress from having to tackle it yourself! Book today for a one off or a regular cleaning appointment, and our friendly representatives will work with you to provide a flexible schedule for when our cleaning operators will care for your driveway!