How to clean your driveway without a pressure washer!
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
Driveways and patios are a magnet for grease, grime and dirt. Left for long periods of time, this can leave a thick layer of dirt on your driveway, which absorbs into the porous bricks. This can cause it to look unsightly.
Moss and weeds can grow between the joints, causing damage with algae and lichen appearing on top. When not properly maintained for long periods, you may need to hire a professional who will have powerful enough equipment to bring the surface back to life.
But with proper maintenance, you can prevent your driveway from ever needing this. Read below to find out the easiest way of maintaining your driveway and patio without the need of specialist equipment.
What you will need:
Cat litter or sawdust.
Cleaning product (explained below).
Hose pipe or watering can.
You can use washing up liquid, washing powder, dishwasher powder/tablets. Bleach can also be used but you need to take into consideration the surrounding environment. It can be dangerous to plants, wildlife, pets and children if not used and rinsed appropriately. A degreaser would be great if you've got one stashed away in the garage or shed!
Sprinkle a thick layer of cat litter or sawdust on any oil/grease stains and leave for 12-24 hours to absorb any excess liquid. Then sweep it up and dispose of it.
Remove excess moss from joints.
Sweep the driveway to remove any loose dirt, grit or moss. Paying extra attention to the build up between the joints and any cracks so the dirt doesn't run down the driveway when washing it.
Rinse the whole driveway with water.
Mix your choice of cleaner with a bucket of hot water.
Dip your broom into the water and scrub the paving. Re-wetting the brush when needed. Remember to work towards the point of drainage or you will be sweeping the dirty water back over the patio or driveway.
When finished, rinse the area with clean water.
Because the surface is porous, any oil stains will have been absorbed. These stains will reappear over the coming days and will require a further treatment. Follow the steps again and depending on the volume of oil that was spilled, you may need to repeat this numerous times until the stain stops coming back.
The sooner the oil stain is treated, the more chance you have of removing it. 100% removal is rarely possible without the use of specialised chemicals.
Regular use of weedkiller can prevent weeds and moss growing between the joints, making any future cleaning easier.
So that's how to clean your driveway without the need to hire a professional. If maintained properly, although time consuming and labour intensive, you can do it yourself with item's you already have.
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