How To Look After Your Driveway
Your driveway is the first thing that people see when arriving at your property, or even if they’re just walking past. At Ultimate Landscapes, we feel that the exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Whether you’re thinking of getting a new driveway installed ready for summer 2018 and want to keep it looking as good as new, or whether you just want to know how best to maintain your current driveway, take a look at the following steps to see what we’d recommend.
Cleaning Your Driveway
The material that your driveway is made from will depend on the best way to clean it. However, unless your driveway is made from gravel or other loose materials, we’d recommend starting by sweeping and debris off of your driveway. Gravel driveways also need the leaves, sticks and other debris removing from the surface, but we’d suggest doing this by hand rather than with a brush. Using a brush will only end up moving all of the gravel around, leaving you with gaps in your driveway.
Once you have cleared your driveway, you can begin to look into cleaning products that are recommended for your type of driveway. Cleaning solutions can help to remove any tyre or oil marks on the ground, whilst also washing away any other dirt that may have settled.
Removing Moss and Greenery
You may suffer from moss and greenery on your driveway, so when searching for a cleaning solution, keep a look out for one that is fungicidal as this can instantly kill any moss, algae or any other unwanted greenery. The majority of these solutions are plant and lawn friendly, so you don’t have to worry about the solution damaging the rest of your front garden.
It’s important to be mindful when purchasing cleaning solutions as some contain acid which can cause damage to concrete, clay and natural stone surfaces. Homemade driveway cleaners can also be made using household items such as salt and vinegar
Sealing Your Driveway
If your driveway is built using block paving or asphalt, using a sealant can help to protect the surface. It can protect against oil and other substances and can also protect against loss of colour from UV light. On top of this, it can also reduce the growth of weeds to minimise the frequency of de-weeding your driveway. Sealing your driveway is recommended every 1-3 years to help maximise its lifespan and aesthetic appeal.
If you’d like some further advice on looking after your driveway, please get in touch with Ultimate Landscapes. We specialise in bespoke driveway installations in Countesthorpe, Hinckley and the surrounding areas in Leicestershire, and have a variety of materials available. For further information or installation enquiries, please contact us on 01164 318 489.