Driveway Maintenance: Five Tips on Cleaning and Caring for It
You don’t even think about it.
You drive on it, walk on it, play on it and depend on it every day.
We’re talking about your driveway, of course. Your driveway is more than just a practical landing strip for your vehicles, it adds to the aesthetic and market value of your home.
Your driveway is more important than you think.
So, it is crucial that you take care of it. It isn’t expensive or time-consuming, but it should be maintained yearly. Here are Five Tips on Cleaning and Caring for Your Driveway:
1. Clean the driveway: It seems so obvious, but many homeowners fail to do it. However, most driveways are dirty and stained. Oil, gas and other vehicle fluids deeply stain driveways. These stains can be absorbed as deep as one-quarter inch in the concrete. Clean them best by using non-clumping kitty litter to break it up then follow that with warm water and dishwasher detergent. Use a regular, not wire, scrub brush. Just doing this a few weekends a year will give your driveway a clean appearance.
2. Avoid salting the cement driveway: When snow comes, it is easy to spread the driveway with salt. Don’t do this! Salt and de-icers crack cement. Instead, use some natural de-icers such as coffee grounds, alfalfa meal and, yes, even kitty litter. (You never knew how kitty litter had so many uses, did you!?) A good ice melt agent is sugar beet juice. Spray it on ice as low as twenty below zero.
3. Fill driveway cracks: Cracks are the biggest, most unsightly damage to your driveway. They should be patched as soon as possible. Clean out the cracks with a masonry chisel, then once it is clean of debris, apply a crack filler and patching compound. Once it dries, seal the entire driveway.
4. Tree removal: Tree roots are insidious. They can sneak up under the driveway and push up the driveway and create cracks. Remove any trees or bushes near the driveway. Additionally, seal your concrete once a year.
5. Create a water runoff: Water does massive damage to driveways as it can erode it during just a few years. So, create a 2-3 inch strip around the edges of the driveway for snow and water to runoff. Make sure downspouts empty into the yard, too.
6. Park away from the edges: Weight from autos on the driveway edges wears them down. Park away from them or in the middle of the driveway.
7. Plow with plastic shovels: Metal shovels chip away at driveway surfaces. Use plastic shovels which will not damage the surface.
These common-sense and low-cost solutions will keep your driveway well maintained and nice in appearance. They are worth the time and effort.
Williams Loader Service can re-grade your gravel driveway, repairing water erosion damage and its appearance. Contact us at (434) 589-3759 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make an appointment.