Winter driveway cleaning is important following a heavy winter, such as the one we are having in Vancouver at the moment, lots of things can go a little stale including your paving and driveway. Weeds can grow in cracks, damage can happen from the freeze and thaw cycles, and salt can stain the asphalt. There are many things you can do to maintain and clear up everything that has built up over the cold, harsh winter months.
Scrub with Hot Soapy Water
Simply get a bucket, fill it with hot water and get the bubbles going with some regular floor washing soap (acid free). Next, grab a hard wire scrubbing brush and begin scrubbing your paved surface, whether that is your backyard path, or your driveway. Then simply rinse it down with the hose.
Use a Pressure Washer
A pressure washer is another great way to clean all the dirt, salt and grime that has gotten lodged into the crooks and crannies of the paving. Make sure your paving/tile or pebble-work is strong enough to withstand the strength of the pressure washer without causing damage.
Weed Out the Bad Guys
Winter driveway cleaning can most definitely involve yanking out weeds. Over winter, weeds can find a home in places where they’re not necessarily appreciated. Simply pull them out with the entire root, trying not to damage tiles if there’s tiling involved.
Vinegar for Salt Stains
With all of the deicing products being used on the ground during winter to melt the ice away, what you are left with is unsightly, large white blobs and stains. A good warm soapy wash, or a wash with a pressure washer is a great choice to get the main gunk off. For any remaining stains, you can use a mixture of a gallon of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar to dissolve those stains, then scrub away vigorously! Make sure you hose down all your hard work to rinse it away, and stop it from drying up again.
Make sure you contact us if you have any questions on your winter driveway cleaning and maintenance. We can tell you which products would be best to use! Richmond Blacktop has an experienced and highly professional team that can make your next project smooth-running and long lasting, contact us for your next paving project should you need reliable experts.