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Driveway Cleaning in Lincoln

Whether it's because you live in a busy neighborhood or you simply don't like to spend time cleaning up after yourself, driveway cleaning can be a messy task.

When done properly, driveway cleaning can be an enjoyable (even enjoyable) experience. On one hand, it ensures that your home is well kept and looking great.

On the other, it can be a huge mess. Hopefully these tips will help make driveway cleaning easier and less of a hassle.

For basic driveway cleaning, there are two options. First, pressure washer-style cleaners work great on concrete or asphalt surfaces. Simply wet the area with a garden hose, put on a pressure washer, and let the water run over the surface in a sweeping motion.

If you have time, you may also wish to add a little detergent to help get the grease and grime off the walls and sidewalks. On either type of driveway, just apply as much of the cleaning solution as possible with a strong absorbent bristle mop, like kitty litter.

After you've gotten most of the loose dirt and stains off the walls, it's time to move on to the real deal: cleaning the actual floor beneath it. Even if you've used a pressure washer or a garden hose, you'll still need to scrub away stubborn stains and make sure that the ground is completely free of grit. For that, you'll either need a heavy-duty power washer or a power sprayer with rotary brushes.

Once you've gotten all of that junk off the ground, you're ready to actually begin the actual process of cleaning. Start by pre-washing the driveway with a mild, diluted detergent. Mix a tablespoon or two of white vinegar with a half cup of warm water, and scrub your driveway with it. You can mix the vinegar and warm water separately, or you can use just water.

For tougher stains, like those that are left over from the previous visit to the hardware store, or from hard water build ups, it's time to take a different approach.

Instead of using a standard power washer or a power sprayer, try using a slightly stronger solution of bleach or a citrus-based cleaning product. Just be careful to use a pH neutral detergent. Many professional exterior cleaning services include a combination of these techniques when they restore driveways to near-new condition.

Before you ever set about washing your driveway, you should decide on a color scheme. Usually, dark shades like black or dark gray are best for this kind of work. Keep in mind that you'll also probably have to replace some of your siding, and may have to paint your door frames and the edges of your gutters to a lighter shade.

If you don't want to mess with these kinds of projects, go with a basic white or off-whie paint. And while you're at it, why not make your driveway a little safer for walking on by painting it in a 25-degree slope instead of a flat black surface?

Once you've determined what kind of color you need and what shade of white to put on the driveway, it's time to start the actual driveway cleaning. Before you begin washing, you should run a hot washing cycle on the area, being sure to rinse away any water that is left in the ground. Now apply a generous layer of lemon juice or club soda. These will break up any stains that remain.

Then, simply spray on any type of stain remover you prefer, and let it sit for five minutes. Rinse away any residue and then apply another coat of lemon juice or club soda, this time only using enough to really soak up any remaining water.

When done, you should look over your driveways to see how much dirt and debris you've actually managed to remove. If the driveway still has a great deal of dirt, you may need to repeat this process at least two more times, the first time using just plain water and the second time using a salt mixture.

These solutions are excellent at removing even the most stubborn dirt, but they can also help to keep future stains from forming. A third possibility is hiring professional concrete cleaning services. These companies will generally be able to clean any amount of dirt out of your driveways in one visit, providing you with a completely clean, new look for your home.


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