Driveways will need regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure they last for a long time and look their best. Cleaning a large driveway can be a big task and it can be a good idea to bring in a professional cleaning company to help you with this. Driveways can be made from a number of different materials from concrete through to block paving. Each material responds in different ways to cleaning techniques and a professional cleaning service will be able to advise the best way in which to clean your driveway.
Whether you are cleaning your own driveway or getting in a professional service you will need to start by removing any weeds that have grown up. These can seed in dirt and sand deposits that can form in joints in the paving or cracks in concrete. You will need to remove these weeds by hand to make sure you have taken up the full root otherwise it will just grow again. You could use special weed killers first to loosen the weed but check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you can use it on your type of driveway. Once you have cleaned away the weeds then use a brush and clean the excess dirt and sand from the cracks and joints. This will help prevent weeds from seeding there in the future. It is important to tackle weeds regularly as if left to grow their roots can enlarge cracks or weaken joints in your driveway causing it to wear more quickly.
Cleaning the Driveway
If you are going to be cleaning your driveway yourself then it is a good idea to hire a pressure washer. These useful tools are very effective at cleaning large outdoor surfaces and will effectively blast away years of dirt and grime. You can use a suitable paving/concrete cleaner with the washer if you like but make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Extra caution is required if you have any flower beds or other plantings around your driveway when you are using chemicals in your pressure washer.
When you are using a pressure washer make sure you don’t point the nozzle too closely at paving bricks or joints. This can cause damage and marks. You should also avoid using pressure washers directly on any areas that are already damaged such as cracks in concrete as this can make the damage worse.
Sealing the Driveway
Many professional cleaning services will also offer to seal the driveway after the cleaning process has been completed. This is a good way to protect your driveway against the elements and ensure it lasts much longer into the future. The seal will protect against oils spills and inhibit the growth of weeds, moss and lichen. A good sealant will also protect the material of the driveway against UV light which can cause the natural colour to fade over time.