Owning a home brings along with it a whole new host of maintenance and responsibilities that you didn’t have in the past when your landlord would take care of most things. Keeping your driveway looking brand new and sparkling clean is difficult, but with the tools and knowledge, absolutely attainable. If you do end up needing paving services Vancouver, we’ve got your back.
Stains from Fuel Spills
Spills from gasoline, brake fluid and motor oil are highly visible on driveways made from asphalt and concrete, and often very difficult to get out. First, use kitty litter to soak up the excess liquid from the spill, letting it soak for about 3 hours and disposing of the contaminated litter safely so your cats don’t have access to it.
For asphalt, oven cleaning products are made to soak up oil and degrease so spraying it on the stain and letting it sit anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour will separate the oil from the asphalt. This will make it easy to later wash away with a hose or pressure washer.
Use a push broom to push away any dirt, and soak hardened mud with plenty of water until it is soft enough to hose away. If there is still dirt settled into the grooves and cracks of your driveway, buy or rent a pressure washer.
Stains from Plants
Organic matter, believe it or not, can stain your driveway, both asphalt and concrete. When leaves, flowers, pine needles and landscape mulch decompose on your asphalt surface they release tannin – a brownish, yellowish substance that can leave behind stains. To remove this, hose away the plant matter. use a stiff-bristled brush and some soapy water to scrub away what you can, if you can’t get enough of the stains out, sprinkle laundry detergent (powdered) over the stains, scrub, let sit for 30 minutes, scrub again, and hose away with plenty of water.
If your driveway has already lived its lifespan and is too cracked, damaged or stained and you require paving services Vancouver, our services have you covered. Get in touch with us to speak to one of our experts and get started.