When it comes to cleaning and maintenance around the home and garden, we often overlook the driveway. However, this is one of the first things people notice about your home when driving past or visiting, so it’s important to keep it looking its best. For landscape supplies and excavator hire Mornington Peninsula homes and businesses rely on the extensive range and affordable prices offered by our team at Bittern Garden Supplies. Here’s a few simple driveway cleaning and maintenance tips you can follow to rejuvenate your driveway this weekend.
Pressure Washing and Degreasers
One of the biggest contributors to a dirty driveway is oil, fluid, and grease discharged by your vehicles. These can create unsightly stains on concrete and paved driveways that can be difficult to remove. Tyres can also leave marks and cause discolouration. Fortunately, there are many driveaway-specific cleaning products that can be used in conjunction with a pressure washer to remove a build-up of grease and grime without causing damage to the surface.
Using a pressure washer is great for removing dirt but for strong stains, you will need the help of a driveway cleaner or degreaser. Degreasers will remove protein-based stains, mould, mildew, bird droppings, pet waste stains, oil, and grease. Try to select an environmentally friendly product that won’t harm the surrounding trees and garden beds. Cleaners and degreasers should be used 30 mins before you wash, as this will help to dissolve stains and lift oil easily. If you have spilled paint, epoxy, or other contaminants on your concrete driveway, you could also use a coatings remover. For really tough stains, you can scrub with a stiff bristle brush before blasting with the washer.
Before using any product to clean your driveway, test it on a small area to ensure that it will not cause any damage the concrete surface.
Removing Dry Leaves and Leaf Matter
No matter what type of driveway you have, fallen leaves and grass can accumulate on surface of the driveway making it look unattractive. Additionally, leaf matter and debris will decompose if left to build-up and will eventually result in unpleasant stains. To prevent mess and stains from detracting from the look of your driveway, regularly rake away the debris and sweep the driveway thoroughly.
What About Crushed Rock Driveways?
Driveways constructed from crushed rock need a little maintenance from time to time to keep them looking their best. The occasional rake and weeding, along with a top up of gravel to replace lost material and a yearly regrade will restore your crushed rock driveway and make sure it enhances your home and landscape design.
Driveway Repairs and Replacement
If you have tried everything to remove stains and they don’t want to budge, or if you’re noticing dangerous cracks or other damage to your driveway, you may want to consult with a reputable driveway company about repairs. In extreme cases, you may have no choice but to replace your entire driveway.
Bittern Garden Supplies – Hastings’ No.1 Choice for Affordable Landscaping Supplies and Services
We have over 25 years’ experience in commercial and domestic crushed rock driveways, car parks and drainage solutions on the Mornington Peninsula. If you need expert advice on maintaining your gravel driveway or if you need a quote for a new driveway installation, reach out to our friendly team today.