Imagine yourself driving on an immaculate driveway. It’s so spotless, the tires of your car curl up in shame. Possible? Not really. Although some driveways are a lot cleaner than others, any concrete driveway in San Diego will always need to be cleaned and maintained. Whether you like it or not, you have to do tend to the driveway. But worry not. The work does not have to be tedious and super fancy. Here are four uncomplicated tips to keep driveways spick-and-span:
Wipe Off Spills ASAP
Concrete has a porosity, meaning it will absorb most liquids that come in contact with it. If you accidentally spill something on it, like oil or colored juice, clean it up immediately. Remove excess liquid by putting some newspapers on the spill. Newspapers are absorbent and will suck as much as it could before the concrete takes it for himself.
Steer Clear of Deicing Salts
Deicing salts are quite helpful during snowfall but the dark side of it is that it is harmful to concrete surfaces, with or without sealer. If you really need to improve the traction on the driveway, there are alternatives to deicing salts. Pour some sand or any fine aggregate on the driveway. This can help prevent slips and falls without damaging the decorative concrete surface of the driveway.
Reseal Concrete When Needed
Every concrete contractor in San Diego strongly recommends sealing a driveway. The proper sealer will significantly help protect the slab underneath from moisture, heat, dirt, spills, scratches, and more. There are four different types of sealers: acrylic, penetrating, epoxy, and polyurethane. Epoxy tend to yellow when exposed to UV rays so it would not be a wise choice for a driveway. Acrylic is the most affordable but its lifespan is around 1 to 3 years. Penetrating and polyurethane sealers are highly durable but may cost a bit more expensive upfront. If you want more information on which type to use, consult a concrete sealing San Diego expert.
Practice Proper Care
Shoveling the snow off the driveway is a necessity but be careful not to hit the concrete surface too hard with the shovel to keep it from chipping or cracking. A concrete driveway can only handle a vehicle. Anything heavier than that, like a tractor or any heavy vehicle, may be too much for the driveway slab. Use the concrete driveway only for what it was built for.