Improving Your Hardscaping

After I realized that our back porch was chipping apart, I decided that I needed to work a little harder to make things right. I started carefully analyzing the area, and I realized that the concrete needed to be completely removed and re-poured. I knew that asphalt work was beyond my comfort level, so I decided to call in a professional contractor to do the work. It was amazing to watch them work, and when they were finished our yard looked brand new. This blog is all about improving your hardscaping by replacing old, cracked, or discolored asphalt or concrete paving.

How To Remove Stains From Your Driveway

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Driveways stand up to a great deal of wear and tear due to constant exposure to vehicles and the weather. As a result, over time driveways can become marred and stained by a variety of different chemicals and substances. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to restore the clean appearance of a paved asphalt or concrete driveway.

Removing Stains Before They Set

The best way to remove stains from your driveway is to prevent them from setting into the pavement itself. Check the underside of your vehicle for any signs of leaks: if you find liquid that is still wet on the pavement of your driveway, you should pour something to absorb it down. Cat litter and baking soda are both good common options: once they've been able to sit for an hour or so, they will have removed most of the liquid from your driveway before it enters the pavement. Simply remove the absorbent material and throw it away, and hose down the area to remove any remaining liquid. You should also look into repairing your vehicle if you see a large amount of liquids consistently leaking out of it.

Set Stains

Stains that have managed to set into the pavement are harder to remove. For oil stains, which are by far the most common type of driveway stain, you should use a degreaser. Simply apply it to the stained area and use a stiff bristled brush to liberally scrub away the stain. Then, use a pressure washer to rinse down the area and remove any stain that may have been left. This also works for removing tire tracks on your driveway, as well as most other chemicals that can leak out of a vehicle.

Resealing

After you've removed the stain from the pavement, it's a good idea to seal your driveway to ensure that the clean surface is maintained for as long as possible. For concrete driveways, this is for aesthetic reasons, as it allows your newly cleaned surface to be protected. For asphalt driveways, it's a little more important: asphalt can be damaged by exposure to various chemicals, especially those within vehicles, which means that after removing stains it's a good idea to reseal your driveway to preserve its structural integrity. You should have your pavement resealed every few years anyway, depending on the climate that your driveway is exposed to and the amount of use that it sees. 

For more information, talk to a professional like New England Paving.

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28 November 2016