Concrete driveways can be a pain to keep clean and look good. The dust, leaves, and other debris that get tracked onto the surface of your driveway can quickly turn into unsightly stains and scuffs if left unattended. This blog post will discuss how to clean and seal your concrete driveway, so it looks great for years to come! 

Driveway cleaning steps

First, you will need to sweep the entire driveway. Make sure there are no large pieces of debris stuck in cracks or corners because these can be difficult to get out and could cause a permanent stain if not removed correctly.  

Next, use a pressure washer set on low-pressure mode (about 500 psi) with a fan spray tip. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, simply use your garden hose. Spray the entire concrete surface of the driveway with water and let it sit for about 30 seconds before scrubbing with a long-handled brush or broom. A stiff, bristled brush will typically do the trick! Continue this process until all debris is removed from cracks and other areas. 

Next, use a concrete sealer to protect your driveway from stains and damage. Concrete sealers come in either a spray or pour-on formulation. Pour-on formulas are typically more challenging to apply. At the same time, spray on formulations will be easier for most people to use.  

Simply follow the directions that came with your particular type of concrete sealer, and you should have no problems! After applying your driveway sealer, let it dry for a few hours before using your driveway. 

Repair cracks with concrete crack filler. Concrete can be very porous, which is both a good and bad thing! It allows the sealer to soak in better than it would on asphalt or other materials. Still, unfortunately, this also means that concrete will often develop cracks over time as water seeps into these pores.  

Cracks are not always visible, so you’ll want to take a good look at your entire driveway to make sure you aren’t missing any. If it does have cracks, use concrete crack filler and a putty knife or caulk gun to patch them up! 

That’s it! After following these steps, you should be able to maintain a beautiful and clean driveway that will last for years to come! 

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Why is it important to clean and maintain your driveways?

Concrete is a porous substance and, over time, it can get dirty. This dirt will cause stains on your driveway or increase the risk of damage to its surface.  Cleaning your driveways will allow you to maintain their aesthetic appeal, which can boost the value of your property. Furthermore, cleaning the driveway helps remove any salt or de-icing chemicals that may be stuck on it after winter has ended.  

Maintaining your driveway is important because it will increase its lifespan and will enhance your property’s curb appeal. It can also help you prevent damage to the surface that may lead to costly house repairs, which could otherwise be avoided if proper maintenance was done regularly.  

How to seal a driveway

Once you’ve cleaned your driveway, you can seal your driveway. 

First, you need to use a paint roller and apply two coats of sealer. The first coat will be thin, but the second coat must be thick enough for complete coverage. You’ll want to allow about 30 minutes between each coat (or until dry). 

Now let your freshly sealed driveway cure for 48 hours. This will allow the moisture to evaporate, leaving you with a durable surface that can withstand abrasion and traffic! 

After 48 hours have passed, apply another coat of sealer if needed. If your driveway is still too porous for comfort, two coats are usually better than one. Remember, this isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s about a seal that will protect your driveway from the elements. 

FAQs about driveway cleaning and sealing 

How long will it take for the sealer to dry?  

Ensure that you allow enough time before using your driveway. On average, driveways can be used within 12 hours of application, but if rain is expected in this timeframe, applying a second coat may help protect the sealer from washing away. 

What type of weather should I avoid sealing my driveway in?

The best time to apply a sealer is between 60 degrees F and 80 degrees F with no precipitation. Avoid using any liquid concrete when there is frost, ice, or snow on the ground, as this can discolor your concrete.  

What happens if I don’t wait long enough for my driveway to dry before sealing it?  

You may notice some streaking on the concrete. This can be removed by applying a second coat of sealer once the first has dried. However, it is recommended to avoid sealing driveways that are still slightly wet. This may cause puddling and uneven surface levels, which could damage your driveway.  

What type of weather should I not apply a sealer in?  

You will want to refrain from sealing your concrete when rain is in the forecast. It’s also best not to apply a sealer if temperatures are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as this can cause discoloration and even damage your driveway.  

When should I reseal my driveway?  

It’s recommended to reseal your driveway every three years. If you live in an area where road salt is used, this process could be done more frequently depending on the traffic and frequency with which roads are salted in the winter months. When applying the second coat of sealer, make sure to allow the first coat enough time to dry completely before reapplying. 

How long will it take for my driveway to cure?  

Once you have applied a sealer onto your concrete driveway, there is no need for curing as this can cause discoloration and uneven surface levels that could damage your driveway in the future. 

Should I do it myself or hire a professional?

You can do regular DIY cleaning of your concrete driveway, but sometimes this may not be enough to make it look its best.  

If you are looking for a more thorough cleaning or sealing service, hiring concrete contractors is the way forward. Hiring an expert has many benefits compared with doing it yourself, and here are some of them:  

  • They have access to specialized equipment that will clean your driveway without damaging it.  
  • They can use a unique sealer that will protect your driveway and give you a longer-lasting effect than DIY products. 
  • Their expertise means they know precisely how to clean and what kind of sealant is best suited for your drive.  
  • They guarantee their work, so if something goes wrong in the future or there are any problems, they will come back and fix it for you. 
  • They are cost effective because they have the tools and the experience, making the job fast and easy. 


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