Regular use of your concrete driveway can bring in stains and spots that settle into the pores of your driveway from your vehicle and other traffic. But if you keep up on its maintenance by cleaning and treating stains as soon as you notice them, you can keep your concrete surface in a better condition and prevent long-term staining damage. Here are some tips and ideas to keep your concrete driveway looking superb with the right cleaning and maintenance.
Complete Spot Cleaning
One of the best ways to lift up oil stains from your driveway, which are common with a leaky vehicle engine, is to use cat litter. Cat litter is super-absorbent and will absorb any oily residue on the surface of the concrete and even down into the pores where it collects. Keep a container of cat litter in your garage or outdoor shed to use anytime you have a leaky vehicle. Sprinkle the cat litter liberally over the spot and let it sit until the litter absorbs the spill, which can usually take several hours. After it has absorbed the stain, sweep it up and dispose of it properly.
For deeper stains and after you have applied cat litter to absorb the surface stains, use a treatment of liquid dish soap. Grease-fighting liquid dish soap is recommended, which you can squirt over the stain, then use a wet bristled brush to scrub the area and lift the stains through the action of the soap bubbles. Rinse the bubbles and the stain residue completely from your driveway's surface.
Finish an Overall Cleaning Treatment
When larger areas of your concrete driveway become stained with discoloration, rust, and other difficult-to-remove stains, you can look for a professional cleaning service to restore it. A concrete cleaning service will have the right equipment to pressure wash your concrete and also work out difficult stains. So, the staining to your concrete from, for example, the fruit that drops from your neighbor's trees, or the rust from metal buckets you stored on the concrete, can easily be removed with a professional cleaning.
Your concrete cleaning professional can use the right cleaners to protect the environment and also surrounding vegetation. Some cleaning solutions can harm vegetation, and you need to rinse them fully to protect their health. However, a professional concrete treatment will avoid these problems and your vegetation will be rinsed free of any solutions. To learn more, contact a residential concrete cleaning service.