Driveway Looking In Rough Shape? Techniques For Cleaning It Without Spending Much Money

Many homes have asphalt paved driveways because it is simple to maintain, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. That said, it still requires you to perform routine cleaning if you want it to look great for years to come. If you do not have a large budget, here are some cheap cleaning techniques that you can do on your own.

Basic Stains

Materials and Tools

Before you can get started, you'll need the following materials and tools:

  • Broom
  • Scrub brush
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Laundry Detergent (Powder)

Cleaning The Surface

Start by using your broom to get rid of any debris and dirt in the driveway. This includes garbage, grass clippings, and leaves. Then give your asphalt driveway a thorough rinsing. Use a garden hose to spray down the asphalt until it's thoroughly soaked, which should take about fifteen minutes. It helps prepare your asphalt driveway for cleaning, as well as remove any remaining debris and dirt from the crevices and cracks.

Pre-treat Stains

You can use a powder laundry detergent to pre-treat stains on a driveway. Just sprinkle the detergent on it until the stain is completely covered, then let it set for several minutes.

Apply A Cleaning Solution To The Stain

Fill your bucket with warm water, then add 1 cup of bleach and laundry detergent to it. Mix the solution well. Apply the cleaning solution directly to the stain, scrubbing it in well using a bristled scrubbing brush. Finish by rinsing off the driveway with water from your garden hose.

Tough Stains

When a basic cleaning solution doesn't work, try one of these two alternatives for tough stains.

Cat Litter Technique

Put a thick layer of litter directly on your tough stain. It helps to step on the litter to press it into your stain. Allow it to sit overnight to absorb in the stain. In the morning, sweep all away the litter to see if it removed the stain.

Coca-Cola Technique

You can also apply some Coca-Cola directly to the stain. Depending on the size of the stain, you may need one or several cans to cover it. Allow the Coca-Cola to work its way into the stain overnight. Then rinse the stain the next morning to see the results.

If these techniques do not do the trick, you may need professional asphalt repair to repair the stain for you. Contact a local asphalt repair contractor in your area for more information.