Your drive used to look fabulous, but now it’s looking rather shabby. You need to clean it, but aren’t sure how. Here are some brick driveway cleaning tips.
To clean it generally, do this: sweep the driveway to remove any loose dirt and dust. The day before you plan to clean it, spread clay cat litter liberally on any oil or fluid spills to absorb the excess oils and fluids. Leave it for at least 24 hours, then sweep it up. Wet down the driveway then pour or spray down an environmentally friendly cleanser. Scrub the bricks with a deck brush, then rinse. Your bricks will look like new again.
If you have some stubborn stains, you may need to do a few different things, depending on the kind of stain. Here are some tips for those:
If you have white powdery stains, they are called efflorescence. It comes from water soluble salts in the environment. The salts are left behind when the water evaporates. Over time it builds up and can be difficult to remove. To get it off, brush the surface with a stiff bristle brush and water or tri-sodium phosphate diluted in warm water. If that doesn’t work, you may need to use a commercial remover. To prevent it, seal your bricks.
Hard water streaks
If you have hard water, you may have streaks on your bricks. To clean those streaks, try spraying undiluted white vinegar, let it sit then brush the surface. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need a special acid based cleaner.
If paint from painting your home or other items has spattered on the brick, or if you have painted the brick to enhance it and it’s started to peel off, you’ll need to strip the paint off to restore the brick. That will take pressure washing and cleaning.
Best case is to hire a professional to help you get your brick driveway back to it’s former glory.
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