While asphalt driveways are durable, they’re not completely impervious to wear and tear. Fortunately, you can reduce the deterioration by taking the proper cleaning and maintenance steps. Here are a few of them.
How to Clean Your Asphalt Driveway
1. Sweep Away Dirt & Debris
If you have trees and bushes near your driveway, leaves and other debris may end up on the surface. In this case, use a simple, rough-bristled broom to sweep away all dirt and other debris. Also, be sure to dig debris out of cracks and holes in your driveway.
2. Clean Fluid Spills Immediately
Leaks of gas, oil, and other auto fluids not only diminish the look of your asphalt, but they can also soften and degrade it over time. As soon as a spill occurs, sop up excess fluid until only a stain is left.
Next, apply a product that is free of harsh chemicals and cleansers, which can diminish your lawn and garden if they make contact. You may need to allow the cleanser time to set in before rinsing it, so be sure to read the instructions.
3. Pressure-Wash on a Yearly Basis
While sweeping and spot-cleaning should occur regularly, pressure-washing is recommended once a year. You can perform this task with only water or add a detergent to remove tough dirt and stains. Be careful around your doors and windows, as well as any plants situated near your driveway.
If your driveway needs repairs to restore its appearance, Lyons & Hohl Paving in East Earl, PA, offers asphalt repair to residential and commercial customers. They perform resurfacing, which gets rid of any potholes or cracks in the asphalt. They also provide sealcoating, which remedies small cracks and prevents further damage from occurring. Call (717) 355-9219 to schedule service or visit their website to learn more about their paving process.