Get Your Hardscape Back to Looking Great
If you have a concrete or asphalt driveway or patio, chances are it’s become pretty dirty over the years. Luckily, cleaning it is easy and only requires a few tools. Here, our asphalt paving experts explain how to deep clean your asphalt and concrete:
Before you deep clean your asphalt or concrete, you’ll want to remove the dirt and debris from the surface. Use a long-handled push broom with stiff bristles and brush all of the dirt out of the cracks and crevices (make sure to apply pressure to loosen up the debris). Once you’ve cleaned the surface, you can move onto pressure washing.
A pressure washer can be a great tool for cleaning asphalt or concrete. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent one from your local home improvement store. Start by pretreating your asphalt or concrete with a pressure washer detergent; choose one that is made with gentle cleaners as opposed to harsh chemicals. Apply your detergent and let it soak into your hardscape. Then, use smooth, sweeping motions to pressure wash the entire area; the detergent should help loosen any caked-on dirt or debris.
If you’re just looking to remove some stains or your pressure washer hasn’t completely removed your stains, consider trying one of these methods to get rid of things like oil, dead leaves, grease, mud, bird droppings, and more:
Baking Soda: Sprinkle some baking soda over an oil or grease stain and use a long-handled push broom with stiff bristles to scrub the baking soda into the stain. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then rinse away with a hose.
Kitty Litter: Kitty litter is a good method for wet stains (as opposed to stains that are already established). Cover the area with clay-based kitty litter and leave overnight. In the morning, scoop up the litter and discard.
Coca Cola: Wipe away any excess oil or grease, then pour 1-2 cans of Coca Cola on the area. Let the cola sit overnight, then clean the area using a clean cloth.
Laundry Detergent: Sprinkle some powdered laundry detergent over the stain and add a little bit of water. Scrub the mixture into the area using a long-handled push broom with stiff bristles. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then rinse away with a hose.
To make sure your asphalt or concrete doesn’t stain in the future, consider sealing it with our professional sealant!