Asphalt driveways are a popular choice for homeowners. They're durable, low-maintenance and can be made to look great with a little bit of care. If you want your asphalt driveway to last as long as possible, you must take the time to clean and maintain it properly. Here are five tips for cleaning and maintaining your asphalt driveway:
Clean the driveway with a brush or broom, then rinse with a garden hose
The easiest way to clean an asphalt driveway is by using a broom and then rinsing it with a garden hose. This method will eliminate most dust and dirt, but you may need more aggressive cleaning methods if you have heavy stains on your driveway.
Using a broom: Brush away any loose debris from the surface of your driveway with a push broom or sweeping brush. You can also use this time to sweep away any leaves, twigs and other loose items that might have accumulated during winter weather when no one was very much using their driveways!
Rinsing off: Once you've brushed away what needs removing (and perhaps swept off those pesky leaves), turn on your outside faucet so that water flows freely out of it onto part of your asphalt surface--we recommend starting with just one corner first. Before moving on to another part entirely to avoid accidentally flooding everything while trying too hard here).
Use this opportunity since hoses are easy to access even after being disconnected from their respective utilities. The only risk is if someone forgets where they put down their phone last night…
Use a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime
Pressure washers are the best way to clean your asphalt driveway. They're handy for removing dirt, grime that builds up over time, and stubborn stains from oil or grease.
When using a pressure washer, make sure you use the proper nozzle--a high-pressure sprayer will remove surface dirt more effectively than a low-pressure one.
If there's any grease or oil buildup on your driveway (which can happen if cars park there regularly), switch over to an industrial-strength degreaser solution before trying any other cleaning method.
Use a scraper to get rid of stubborn stains
To remove stubborn stains, you'll need to use a scraper. A good one will have a sturdy handle and be made of high-quality materials. This tool can remove dirt, grime, moss, algae, paint, and even gum!
Treat potholes with a cold patch
Potholes are a common problem with asphalt driveways and can be challenging to fix. Cold patch kits are available in most hardware stores, or you can make your own by combining sand and cement in a bucket.
The instructions on the package will tell you how much of each ingredient to use; follow them closely so that the mixture is neither too wet nor too dry (if it's too wet, add more sand). Apply the patch using an old trowel or putty knife until it fills up about half of the hole, then tamp down firmly with a roller as instructed by your kit's instructions.
Let dry for 24 hours before driving over it again--you may need to repeat this process several times before all potholes have been filled.
Apply an oil-based sealant to protect from water damage and UV rays
When it comes to sealing your asphalt driveway, there are many options available. You can choose from a variety of sealants in different colours and textures. A good sealant protects your driveway from water damage and UV rays.
As you can see, many options exist for cleaning and maintaining your asphalt driveway. The best way to decide which method works best for you is to try each and see how it goes. You may find that one method works better than another, depending on the type of dirt or grime on your driveway, so feel free to experiment until you find what works best! Or Contact us for any questions you may have.