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Home Maintenance Tip: Clean Your Concrete Driveway

Posted on May 15, 2014

 

Besides keeping your front yard manicured, cleaning your concrete driveway can improve your home’s curb appeal.

Concrete is porous and will collect dirt over time. To clean your driveway, first sweep or blow loose dirt and debris off of your driveway.

Next, remove any oil stains with kitty litter or saw dust by covering any areas approximately 1/4″ thick. Leave the kitty litter or sawdust on the stains for 12-24 hours before sweeping them up. Make sure you dispose of the oil-drenched kitty litter or saw dust properly.

Pressure-washing is the easiest way to clean your concrete driveway. If you don’t own a pressure-washer, you can rent one from a big box home store or hardware store. Use a wide spray nozzle setting. Don’t focus on any one area for too long to keep from damaging the concrete.

Water is usually sufficient, but if you do use a detergent, make sure not to harm surrounding plants with high concentrations of detergent.

 

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