Stop and think about how much activity your driveway sees on a weekly basis: Various cars pulling in and out—dripping oil or fluid and leaving tire marks; the fall of heavy rain or snow, depending on the season; foot traffic of family members or children playing. Our driveway is just as heavily used as other living areas of our home, such as a kitchen or family room. It is very important to remember driveway maintenance along with other home cleaning.
Here are some tips for maintaining your concrete driveway throughout the year:
Treat it with care. If you take good care of your driveway, it will last a very long time. Most driveways were not constructed to handle the weight of large-scale equipment. Do not abuse it by pushing heavy lawn care or construction equipment across it, potentially scraping or scratching the surface. Also be mindful of this when shoveling or pushing snow in the wintertime.
Remove stains quickly. If you notice a stain from oil or gasoline, do not leave it be. It will be much easier to remove a stain if you do so right after it occurs. Otherwise, stains will set and become much harder to remove in the future. If you notice a fluid stain, sprinkle it with baking soda and leave it alone for a couple of hours. Then, wash away the remaining stain with water from a hose.
Avoid using deicing chemicals. Deicing chemicals cause your concrete driveway to go through an increased number of freezing and thawing cycles to quickly melt snow and ice. These cycles can cause spalling, or tiny cracks in your concrete.
Clean and seal your driveway regularly. For the most effective driveway maintenance, have your driveway professional power washed regularly to remove oil and gas stains and dirt and grime buildup. A professional power washing company like Perfect Power Wash first completes a thorough pressure washing then applies a penetrating sealer. This layer of invisible protection will stop the driveway from absorbing contaminants, therefore preventing damage from occurring.
When you need your concrete driveway cleaned, schedule an appointment with Perfect Power Wash. Our concrete protection includes a powerful, penetrating sealer.