Squeaky Clean: How to Clean an Asphalt Driveway

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Squeaky Clean: How to Clean an Asphalt Driveway

How to Clean an Asphalt Driveway

Are you looking to make your asphalt driveway squeaky clean? If so, read this guide to learn how to clean an asphalt driveway.

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Whether you're trying to be the sweetest looking house on the block or it's just time to do some cleaning, your driveway plays a big role in your curb appeal.

If you have an asphalt driveway, there are several things you can do to make sure this spot looks squeaky clean.

With a few simple tips, your driveway will not only look good as new, but it'll also be the envy of the neighborhood.

Get Rid of Those Stains

Over time, things like motor oil and other fluids can cause an annoying spot that uglies up your driveway. You can remove the stain with some simple scrubbing.

To remove driveway stains, you'll need to use a solution like full-strength bleach or tri-sodium phosphate, also known as TSP. When you scrub the stains, make sure you're wearing thick, long gloves to protect your skin.

Apply the solution directly to the stain on your asphalt driveway and then use a stiff-bristled brush to get it out. You should also wear protective glasses and old clothing so you don't damage your nice stuff.

Once the scrubbing has commenced, rise everything with a garden hose. You may need to repeat this a few times depending on how stubborn the stain is.

Remove Dirt for a Spotless Asphalt Driveway

Over time, tiny (or large) cracks in your asphalt can become a magnet for unsightly dirt and debris. Whether it's leaves and mulch or dirt from your shoes, it can make your driveway appear dingy.

To get rid of dirt, pressure washing is the quickest and most effective way to go. If you choose to use a pressure washer, be aware of the various settings so you don't "blast" the dirt away too heavily.

Incorrect pressure settings can actually cause real damage to your driveway. Start on the lower setting and work your way up until you find the right level of pressure that will remove the dirt quickly without causing damage.

Before you begin, make sure you sweep large debris away like twigs, branches, or leaves. Allow any seriously caked-on dirt to soften first by soaking it with water and letting it sit for a few minutes before you begin.

Eliminate Unsightly Paint

If you happened to do a little house painting and spilled some on your driveway, it can be extremely unattractive. To remove paint from asphalt, you will need a household scouring powder and a stiff-bristled brush for latex-based paint.

If the paint spill is oil or acrylic-based, it could be a lot tougher to remove. It might be best to just go over the stained areas with an asphalt sealer that can cover the stained areas up.

Alternatively, you can try to remove oil or acrylic paint stains using a brush and a powerful paint-stripping solution. Just be sure the product you choose is environmentally friendly so it doesn't cause harm by seeping into the dirt or groundwater.

Cleaning Is a Breeze

With these simple tips, you can easily make your asphalt driveway look as good as new. From scrubbing out stains to rinsing stubborn dirt, your driveway will sparkle and shine when you're done.

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