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Driveway Cleaning and Sealing in Cardiff

Whenever visitors stop to look at your home or simply drive by, your driveway will be one of the first things they notice. That’s why it’s essential for your driveway always to be spotless. Eventually, the weather, wear & tear, and other factors will take their toll on your beautiful Cardiff driveway. 

Here at Cardiff Driveways, our crew is well-equipped and experienced in cleaning and treating all surfaces. Whether it is oil stains, tire marks, or rust stains, we got you covered. We will ensure that your driveway will be spotless and appealing and something you can be proud of.

Not only that, but we also offer driveway sealing services to ensure that your driveway will look visually appealing and new for months to come. Contact Cardiff Driveways today to get the care your driveway deserves.

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Driveway Cleaning and Sealing Questions

Should I clean my driveway often?

If your driveway is not kept clean, it may grow moss, mould, algae, and mildew, which may necessitate repairs. Good thing mould and mildew have no chance of developing on the driveway because pressure washers perform such a fantastic job of thoroughly cleaning every pore of it.

How often should you clean your driveway?

Power washing is only necessary once every two years for driveways with light traffic. However, to be safe, most professionals advise washing your driveway at least once a year.

Is Driveway Sealing worth it?

Your driveway can last longer if you apply a seal coating to protect it from UV rays, fluids from moving vehicles, water, and other things. The longer you can keep your driveway looking excellent, the better because replacing a driveway can be pricey.

What happens if you don’t seal a driveway?

If you don’t seal a driveway,  the surface will deteriorate quickly and get more exposed to the elements, and it will begin to develop fissures that let more water and oxygen in.

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Advantages of Driveway Cleaning/Sealing in Cardiff

Improves Longevity

Cleaning your driveway extends the surface’s life by eliminating weeds and fungi. The last thing you want to happen is to pave a new driveway only for it to require repairs after a few years. Cleaning your driveway often will help it develop fewer cracks and less wear over time.

Improves Curb Appeal

The value of your home is multiplied by a tidy driveway. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference a neat driveway makes when you arrive home each day. 

Increases Safety 

Your driveway should have a slightly rough surface because rough surface maintain friction. Mould, mildew, and greasy residue accumulations lessen that friction making it slippery. Your driveway may get weakened by potholes and cracks, making it dangerous to walk on. Cleaning your driveway protects you from these risks all year long.

Sealing Slows Deterioration from Oxidation

Oxidation makes the pavement more brittle, facilitates additional deterioration, and simplifies fractures to form and spread more quickly. The binder is protected by an additional layer added by the sealer, which means the sealer and not the asphalt itself is exposed to the elements. 

How to Clean/Seal Your Driveway in Cardiff

Fortunately, driveway cleaning is a doable DIY-friendly activity that homeowners can do, given that they possess a pressure washer and appropriate products to deal with different types of stains. 

  1. Clear the driveway. Firstly, remove any organic debris on the driveway such as leaves, twigs, and barks to prevent your drain from clogging up.
  2. Wet the surface. Moisten the driveway surface using a garden hose.
  3. Apply degreaser or the appropriate stain remover to the stain. Apply a degreaser to the stain before pressure-washing it. Reapply the degreaser after letting it rest on the stain for a few hours to absorb the stain.
  4. Apply detergent. The type of detergent you should use is specified in the pressure washer’s instructions. Use only detergents that have been specially designed for pressure washer use. Your driveway should be treated with detergent using the low-pressure nozzle.
  5. Wash your driveway. Use the high-pressure nozzle to remove the detergent after fifteen minutes. Make certain that rinse mode is selected on the pressure washer.

Common Types of Driveway Cleaning/Sealing in Cardiff

Cleaning your driveway doesn’t really need technical tools to get the job done. Most cleaning materials and equipment used in cleaning a driveway can easily be found at your nearest hardware store. Here are some examples of standard driveway cleaning done by homeowners and professionals:

Oil And Grease Stains

Sometimes all that is needed to clean up minor oil spills or stains is a powerful detergent and a scrub brush. However, using a concrete cleanser or degreaser—a concentrated alkaline soap that will release the oil for quicker removal—is a more efficient technique.

Mould and Mildew

Mould and mildew growth may be a problem if your driveway is located in a heavily shaded spot, especially if the weather is rainy and humid. Use a bleach and water solution or a mold-killing detergent to scrub the area (about 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water).

Tire Marks

When hot tires from a car come in contact with certain types of driveway sealers, the plasticisers from the tire may migrate into and discolour the sealer. To get rid of the marks, try cleaning the surface with a degreaser and a stiff brush.

Average Cost of Driveway Cleaning/Sealing in Cardiff

An average driveway costs £10.50 per square meter to clean and seal. A reputable cleaning service will normally arrive, evaluate the area, measure the driveway, and provide a price. On the other hand, if you need an exact estimate for your driveway cleaning and sealing needs, then feel free to contact us here at Cardiff Driveways and Landscaping today!

Driveway Cleaning FAQs

How do you clean a stained driveway?

Cleaning a stained driveway is easy. All you need to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Sweep all dirt and debris away.
  2. For bigger stains, combine water and liquid dishwashing soap in a bucket or spray bottle.
  3. Apply a solution of detergent and water on the stain.
  4. Give it 15 minutes to rest.
  5. Use a gentle brush to scrub.
  6. If necessary, rinse the area again.

On the other hand, if you need additional help to clean your stained driveway, then don’t hesitate to Cardiff Driveways right away for our cleaning and sealing services.

When can you pressure wash a new concrete driveway?

A freshly poured concrete driveway can be pressure washed as soon as the surface has dried, which typically takes about 28 days.

Will straight bleach harm concrete?

While bleach can be useful for cleaning stains, improper use can lead to concrete damage. Opt for more pH friendly products or ⅛ of a cup of washing liquid.

How do you guarantee the quality of your work?

Cardiff Driveways offers a guarantee on all completed jobs. We pride ourselves as experienced craftsmen and will happily provide references upon request.