How to Clean Your Driveway

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Your driveway is one of the key parts of your residence. It is the first thing that people see when they pull up and the last thing they encounter when they leave. Additionally, your driveway can affect your home’s value. Because of this, keeping it clean and drivable is vitally important. Here’s how you can clean your driveway, keeping it in tip-top shape. 

Why Upkeep is Important

As mentioned before, your driveway is an extension of your house. Because of this, if your driveway is run down, it will directly impact your home’s value in a negative manner. Consistently cleaning your driveway and ridding it of any rust, chemicals, or grout can keep your pavement healthy. This will allow it to last longer and look better. 

On top of looking better, your driveway feels smoother and is easier on your vehicle when it is well kept. A driveway that has experienced deterioration can damage the tires that pass over it. As such, it is important to remember that taking care of your driveway also means taking care of your vehicle. 

Cleaning Your Driveway

Here are some common methods for cleaning your driveway.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing your driveway serves as a good way to get rid of any unwanted dirt or sap that has accumulated. Despite these benefits, it is imperative that you remember the dangers of using a pressure washer. The water comes out at a force more than 50 times more powerful than a garden hose. This force can be enough to etch and chip concrete. It is vital to make sure that its nozzle is a safe distance away from the ground and the setting is not too high. 

If you are unable to purchase a pressure washer outright, then consider renting one. Chances are you will not need it more than once or twice a year, meaning you will not have to carry one.


For oil, grease, and grime, you will want to use a strong degreaser. You can purchase this at a local store for around $20 – $30, depending on the brand. Once you have obtained it, your next step is to work it into the surface of your driveway. You should never allow the degreaser to dry before rinsing it. Once you have worked on it, the next step is to rinse it away with a pressure washer.

Paint Removers

If you have spilled paint on your driveway, then you will want to purchase some paint stripper. Thoroughly clean the area where the spill happened so there is nothing protecting the paint from the remover. Next, you will apply the paint stripper and let it sit before scrubbing the surface. Finally, you should power wash the remnants away and repeat the process until your driveway is as good as new. 

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.


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