Cleaning your asphalt driveway is essential, since you probably exit and enter your house multiple times throughout the day. Whether you walk or use your car, the driveway is a place that can oftentimes become neglected. What most people don’t know, however, is that cleaning your asphalt driveway is actually a lot easier than you probably thought!
There are so many factors that can prove detrimental to an asphalt surface, which include the much dreaded freeze-thaw cycles during winter, weather such as rain and snow, and of course, daily traffic. Daily traffic can carry oils and petroleum products onto the surface, resulting in unsightly stains. If you’ve been maintaining your driveway and making the right repairs if necessary, giving it a quick but thorough sprucing up should not be difficult.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can clean your asphalt driveway:
Household dish detergent or soap
To refresh the asphalt and lift any dirt and debris, you can hose it down with soapy water and scrub into stains and problem areas. This is a safe method that the whole family can help with!
Chemical-free and effective, using a pressure washer can be a great way to push dirt and debris out of the asphalt.
Use a stiff bristle brush to scrub the asphalt using full strength bleach. Make sure proper precaution is used like rubber gloves, safety glasses and long sleeves.
Steps to Cleaning your Asphalt Driveway:
- Sweep driveway of loose dirt and debris on the surface.
- Clean the surface with water to clear away excess dirt and moisten the asphalt.
- Pre-soak stains with detergent by placing it directly on top for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Pour the detergent and water solution on the surface of the asphalt and use a hard wire bristle brush to scrub problem areas and loosen stains. A detergent that is a strong grease-cutter will be essential.
It really is an easy process, especially once you get into a regular cleaning schedule as it can make all the difference in how your surface holds up over time. Make sure to contact Richmond Blacktop should you have any questions regarding upkeep and cleaning your asphalt driveway. Contact us for a free estimate, or look through our website to find a variety of asphalt paving services such as removal and replacement, and driveway paving.