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Driveway Maintenance – Fall Cleaning Your Concrete Driveway

Summer is coming to an end and the kids are back to school. Your driveway has taken a beating this summer. Between the sun, dirt and grime from rain storms, oil spots from vehicles and kids playing on it with sidewalk chalk and the like, it needs some TLC.

Dirt and grime

Driveway Maintenance - Fall Cleaning Your Concrete DrivewayThe daily or almost daily afternoon storms have left a mess on your driveway. Leaves and the stains they leave behind, sand or dirt all have left their mark on your concrete driveway. Grass clippings from each mowing also have left their mark.

Your kids or grandkids have also taken their toll on it with their games, bikes and drawing with sidewalk chalk that never seemed to wash away completely. Then there is the dirt and grime, oil stains from your cars, motorcycles or AtV’s. Yep, it’s definitely looking a bit worse for the wear. Time to give it a good cleaning.

So what should you do?

Well, if you clean it yourself here’s what you’ll have to go through. Start by sweeping away loose dirt and such from the driveway. Apply a degreaser to any oil or gas stains and let it sit, then scrub well with a stiff brush. If you don’t want to use a chemical degreaser, use cat litter, cornstarch, cornmeal, or baking soda. IF the stain is dry, wet it first, then apply.

If you use baking soda, you’ll have to make a paste of baking soda and water, apply, scrub and rinse. If not, let the material sit so it can absorb the stain, then sweep it up. Now, time to pressure wash. Start with a detergent and apply to the driveway using the pressure washer. Don’t let it dry but it should sit for about 15 minutes. Then rinse using the pressure washer.

Pressure washer or professional

If you’ve never used a pressure washer, you may want to consider having a professional help you. Pressure washers can damage concrete, grass and your home, and they can be dangerous. ┬áSo having a professional help is a great idea.

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