Chances are when you think about spring cleaning, you focus most of your energy indoors. But, while the earliest days of spring breezes are perfect for airing out a winter-stale home, this is also the best time to attend to outdoor and home exterior maintenance. Driveway cleaning, for instance, can have an instant high-impact curb appeal effect while potentially making your property safer.
Why Do People Need Driveway Cleaning?
No matter how meticulously you maintain your indoor spaces, driveway cleaning is kind of like brushing a dog’s teeth; not something you’d think to do on your own, but probably beneficial in the long run. When you stop to think about it, driveways get dirty. Constant tire traffic, complete with anything those tires have run over on their journey, foot traffic, and sometimes animal traffic. Then there’s the unavoidable microbial growth, which can be unsightly in color and slippery when wet. No one wants a microbial safety risk growing in the driveway or those microbial creatures potentially being tracked into the home on the soles of shoes.
The type of driveway you have can also affect how safe it is when there are long periods between cleanings. Concrete aggregate, for example, features a beautiful, exposed gravel effect with the stability and durability of concrete. The issue is that, in the absence of regular driveway cleaning, microbial activity can render the surface downright unsafe. This is particularly true on rainy or excessively humid days, as moisture makes the lichen and algae growing on your driveway far more slippery.
Aggregate surfaces aren’t the only ones needing driveway cleaning, though. Asphalt surfaces are prone to staining and oiliness, making them a bit of a safety risk when they go uncleaned. For all its strength and durability, concrete is also highly stain-prone. Due to the nature of the material, stains sometimes tend to seep further into the surface, discoloring the area deeply.
Your first instinct may be to whip out the pressure washer, but it really pays to think twice before you resort to sheer, crushing force for driveway cleaning. These powerful machines can do very real damage, even to exceptionally hard surfaces like aggregate, concrete, and asphalt.
What is the Best Method of Driveway Cleaning?
There’s no one-size-fits-all cleaning plan for every driveway because each is as unique as the properties they’re on and the families who use them. However, trained, highly skilled exterior cleaning professionals can make all the difference.
Taking more of a “brains over brawn” approach pays off, leaving you with sparkling clean driveway surfaces that will immediately improve your curb appeal. Soft washing is a technique that relies on a deep understanding of how stains are formed, what can best break them down, and how to use those surfactants and cleaners safely.
Soft washing is a gentler, more thorough process that leaves you with cleaner, more beautiful surfaces and more protected ones. No crumbling grout between stones and bricks, no permanently scribed concrete surfaces, no aggregate damage due to the pressure washer dislodging internal gravel.
If you’re ready for a low-stress, high-impact investment in boosting your curb appeal, Carolina Power Washing can help. This local firefighter-owned company provides the absolute best in exterior surface cleaning.
Manually treating each stain on your driveway after much internet research is possible, but your mileage may vary when it comes to results. You’ll certainly end up investing far more time into the project than you initially anticipated. From wiping out microbial colonies hazardous to your safety to removing those unsightly oil and rust stains, Carolina Power Washing can help. Start with a Free Estimate.