How To Clean An Asphalt Driveway

An asphalt driveway can get dirty and stained, so it needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning the driveway will help to keep it looking attractive and can clear off some of the contaminants that cause problems. Here is a simple list of steps that will show you how to clean a driveway.

To complete this task you will need the following items:

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Hard bristled broom
  • Detergent
  • A bucket
  • Garden hose
  • Access to water
  • A pressure washer

1 - Start by sweeping off all the dirt and debris that has built up on the driveway with the hard bristled broom. Start at the front of the driveway closest to the garage door and then make your way to the back, sweeping all the dirt and debris onto the road and away from the driveway.

2 - Using the garden hose, sprinkle water over the surface area of the driveway to start soaking it. You don't need a lot of water, just enough to get the entire driveway wet. Then, on areas where there are tough stains, sprinkle powdered detergent over the top and let it soak in. The detergent will begin to break down the oils and stains that are clinging to the asphalt. Let it sit for approximately five minutes before proceeding to the next step.

3 - While the detergent is soaking into stains, take a couple spoons full of powdered detergent and mix it with hot water into a bucket. Then dunk the hard bristled broom into the hot water mixture and use it to scrub the entire surface area of the driveway. For areas where stains are located, you will have to apply more force to the broom when scrubbing to ensure you remove as much of the stain as possible.

4 - Hook up the pressure washer to the garden hose and use it to wash the detergent residue off the driveway. In areas where there is a buildup of dirt, you may have to turn up the pressure levels to dislodge them.

If you notice that there are holes in the driveway or cracks in the asphalt, consult with a professional paving company to have them repaired. Cracks will continue to spread throughout the rest of the body of the driveway until they are dealt with and repaired. Holes will also continuously get bigger as more and more asphalt breaks off, so it is important to have a professional paver fix the problem before you are forced to replace the entire driveway.

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