Concrete driveways require minimal maintenance to retain their appearance and structural integrity. It is imperative that you set up an annual maintenance plan to keep your concrete driveway looking like new. A proper maintenance plan includes an annual cleaning and application of a concrete sealer to the concrete driveway and sidewalks.
- The frequency that a driveway needs to be cleaned will depend on two factors, vehicle traffic and local weather. Vehicle traffic can cause stains from fluid leaks and leave tire residue on the concrete driveway. Concrete is porous and fluids can seep deep into the concrete, so it is imperative to clean any fluid puddles as soon as they are noticed.Cleaning a concrete driveway can be accomplished with a pressure washer, concrete cleaner and a stout bristled broom. When using a pressure washer on concrete, care must be taken not to damage the surface of the driveway. The surface of concrete may look strong, but a pressure washer can remove the smooth top layer and reveal the rougher aggregate lower layer of concrete.Using a sweeping motion, keeping the nozzle 12 inches or more away from the concrete driveway’s surface, clean the entire surface of the driveway. After the pressure washing is complete, spot clean the driveway with the concrete cleaner and stout broom.Run the pressure washer over the concrete after the spot cleaning is complete to remove the residue from the cleaning agent. Keep the nozzle at an angle and quickly sweep from side to side to wash down the driveway.
Cleaning a Concrete Driveway
Concrete sealers extend the life of your driveway by reducing the amount of wear caused by vehicle traffic and road salts. Sealer finishes vary and range from a natural appearance to high gloss; all finishes offer similar protection and your preference will determine the finish type. We recommend an acrylic based sealer for the Central Alberta climate.
Tools needed to seal your driveway are a paint roller, extension handle, paint brush and roller pan. Use the paint brush to apply the concrete sealer where the concrete driveway meets areas that are not going to be sealed. The extension handle will reduce the amount of strain placed on your back during the concrete sealing process.
Roll an even coat of sealer on the concrete driveway, after all edges are sealed with the brush and avoid any disruption to the sealer until it has time to cure. Curing time will vary; read the sealer can to determine how long it will take for the sealer to fully cure.