Clean Your Driveway To Make It Last Longer

20 February 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you have an asphalt driveway, you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep it in good shape. Your driveway will last for a longer time if you do what you can to maintain it. One of the things that you can do is to clean your driveway. Oil, gas, and asphalt are all petroleum products, and because of that, oil and gas will break down your driveway. But, if you can clean it regularly, you can prevent that from happening. So, how do you clean your asphalt driveway?

Sweep It

The first thing you want to do is to sweep off any of the debris that you might have on your driveway. That includes things like leaves, rocks, and chunks of your driveway, if the damage is already very severe. Sweeping off all that debris will make it easier for you to see where the driveway may need to have some special attention paid to it, or where there is some damage you need to handle. 

Soak It

After you have cleaned off all that debris, you want to make sure that you are giving your driveway a good soak. Grab your hose and spray it down really well. Soaking it will help loosen up any stuck on grime, muck, or dirt. While you are soaking down your driveway, you may also get rid of smaller debris that you missed when you were sweeping your driveway off. Another benefit of soaking your driveway is that it will make it easier when it comes to pre-treating any oil and gas spots that you need to clean up. Putting the treatment on those spots will help to get them out of the asphalt, even if they have managed to get into the asphalt. 

Wash It

Now it's time to wash it. You'll want to mix up the detergent with some water, and grab a stiff bristle brush. You're also going to want to grab a knee pad, or someone with really good knees, because you need to get down on your knees to use the scrub brush to get into all the nooks and crannies of your driveway so that you can get it really clean. Then you just need to rinse it off and you're all done cleaning your driveway. 

If you are worried about your driveway, then you might want to clean it off so that it can last longer. If you are worried about other issues, then you might want to call an asphalt paving contractor and ask them to check out your driveway for you.