A new concrete driveway is a surefire way to increase your home’s value and ensure you have the nicest driveway on the block. However, list everything in life, time will take a toll on your driveway, and after a year or two, it won’t have the same luster as it once did. When this happens, you may think it’s hopeless. However, cleaning your concrete driveway is a simple way to boost the aesthetic and keep it looking sharp! Here are some simple steps to clean your concrete driveway!
How to Clean Your Concrete Driveway
Cleaning your concrete driveway is simple. You’ll need:
- A garden hose with a spray nozzle
- A concrete cleaner
- A scrub brush with stiff bristles
Once you’ve gathered your tools, wet your driveway with your hose and begin scrubbing the loose dirt away with your brush. Afterward, spray it down again and add your cleaning agent. Refer to the bottle for how long you should let it sit on the concrete. Once the allotted time has passed, use your brush to scrub away any renaming dirt and spray it down one final time!
For hard-to-remove dirt and stains, a pressure washer is your best option. You can rent or buy a pressure washer. However, make sure you fully understand how it works before attempting to use it. A pressure washer can shoot water at 3300 psi, which is far more powerful than a standard garden hose.
Not only can a pressure washer actually etch into your concrete driveway, but it can cause serious injury to you or someone else.
How to Remove Stains From Concrete
Over time, your concrete driveway may become stained with:
- Oil stains
- Grease stains
- Tire marks
- Mold and mildew
- Lawn fertilizer
If this happens, you may not be able to remove the stains with a simple wash. For fresh spills, always be sure to cover them up as quickly as possible. Use an absorbent material such as cat litter, sawdust, or baking soda. This will help keep the stain from setting into your concrete.
To clean driveway stains, you can use common household cleaners such as:
- Bleach and water
- Dish detergent
- Baking soda
For tougher stains, consider using an alkaline soap or muriatic acid diluted with water.
How to Prevent Driveway Stains
Preventing tough driveway stains can be done by sealing your driveway. This essentially adds a protective coating that will help keep stains from penetrating your concrete. However, it may become stained itself, meaning you’ll need to be diligent about cleaning any stains quickly. You may also need to re-seal your driveway every few years. Thankfully, sealing a driveway is far more affordable than pouring a new one.
How Can We Serve You?
The professional paving contractors at Sipes Asphalt & Concrete know the ideal conditions for pouring concrete or asphalt. Whether it’s a new driveway, parking lot, or crack sealing, we’ve got you covered. Call Sipes for your paving estimate and the best paving solutions in the Indianapolis area.