As people come to your home, the concrete driveway is one of the first things they will see. Your driveway is a magnet for debris and dirt, so proper cleaning is necessary for the best possible maintenance of a concrete driveway. Cleaning the driveway keeps it looking nice and will keep it in good shape for a long time to come.
Water and Soap
The best way to clean a concrete driveway is with soap and water. Fill a large bucket with common dish soap and water. Use a stiff scrub brush, and dip into the water. Scrub the driveway in a circular motion. Start at the home, and work back to the street. Rinse with a garden hose when complete.
Trisodium Phosphate, TSP, is a heavy duty cleaner available at hardware and DIY stores. It is important to wear proper protection – gloves and eyewear – when working with TSP. Use 50g of TSP to each liter of water. A garden sprayer is ideal for application. Spray and saturate the concrete. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse well with fresh water.
The high power and intensity of the water coming from under the pressure is the best way to clean a concrete driveway. Start with a low setting, and work from the home to the street. Hold the wand at least .5 meters from the surface, and work back and forth with a sweeping motion to clean.
Pressure cleaning equipment can be dangerous if you are not familiar with operation. Serious injury can occur with improper usage. Do not point the wand at anyone, and do not use in a single spot for too long. This will damage concrete.
Bleach will brighten and clean the concrete. Use one part bleach to one part water. Put in a garden sprayer and spray. Let soak. Scrub with a brush, and rinse with a garden hose.
Bleach is an irritant, so again, wear protective gloves and eye wear. Do not wear clothing you wish to keep as bleach will certainly stain it. Be sure your arms and legs are fully covered.
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