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Driveway Rejuvenation: Maintenance Tips to Spruce up Your Front Drive
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:01:55 PM Australia/Melbourne
A well-paved driveway isn’t just a parking space or an entryway into your home. Driveways influence the first impressions of your guests and people who pass by your house. They add visual interest, function and value to any property. However, once they're installed, they are often overlooked when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
No driveway paving material, especially concrete, is maintenance-free. Driveways are prone to dirt, grease and grime build-up which can be unsightly. Over time, driveways are also susceptible to cracking due to changes in temperature and moisture.
If your driveway has suffered stains and cracks, here are ideas to extend your driveway's life and appeal well into the future.
Cleaning your driveway
- Soap and water - If you want to regularly clean your driveway, soap and water can do the trick. Put a few squirts of detergent in a large bucket of water. Dip a stiff scrub brush into the soapy water and scrub off the stains in circular motions. Start from the back of the drive and scrub your way toward the street. Rinse off the soapy water with your garden hose or splash it away.
- Chlorine bleach - This common household product not only removes stains from clothes, but they will also clean and brighten up your concrete driveway. Mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part chlorine bleach. Put the mixture into a garden sprayer and spray it onto your driveway. Let the formula sit for 10 minutes before you start scrubbing with a stiff brush. Afterwards, rinse the formula off with clean water from your garden hose.
- Power washing - The high-pressure water of a power washer will effectively remove stains and clean your concrete driveway. However, they can be dangerous so it is important to use them with caution. Pointing the power washer hand at a person can cause injuries and holding the power washer in one spot for longer than ten seconds can damage the concrete. If you are hesitant to use a power washer on your own, get the help of professional cleaners.
Resealing your driveway
No matter how old your driveway is, it's never too late to reseal and protect it from the elements. Driveway cracks result from age and weathering, especially if the driveway is unsealed. When water from rain seeps through the concrete or asphalt, it creates pools of water underneath that can lead to cracking. This seepage occurs because driveways are made of porous materials that readily absorb liquids such as water and oil. A sealer will close off the pores and prevent the liquids from sinking into the paving material.
Not only does sealing reduce cracking, but it also improves the driveway's appearance. Sealing keeps UV rays from causing the material to fade and protects it from stains. A concrete driveway can also have a rich colour and glossy sheen after sealing application, as there are sealers available in various gloss levels.
A Variety of Concrete Sealers for Your Driveway
At Form Direct, we offer a selection of concrete sealing products to suit your driveway’s needs. We also stock decorative sealers for outdoor areas such as patios and pool decks. Our concrete sealing products have large particles, providing a protective layer on the surface of the concrete.
All of our sealers are sourced from reputable brands such as Sika, Bostik and Avista. Whether it's for residential or commercial construction applications, our sealers will help maintain the quality of your concrete floors.
For more information and enquiries, contact us on 1300 659 830.