How often should I clean my driveway?

Something that we find is too often overlooked is proper driveway maintenance and upkeep on domestic properties. It’s something that’s quite important for many reasons that you may not be aware of, so in this blog we want to tell you what some of these reasons are.

During the colder and wetter winter months, algae on driveways can become slippy and dangerous as the weather gets worse. This can be particularly dangerous if you have young children or elderly people regularly using the driveway.

You can keep the weeding of your driveway under control by brushing in kiln sand after cleaning the drive, as it gives the weed seeds less room to deep root. There is anti-weed sand which contains minerals which inhibit weed growing that can help.

For regular upkeep the sand should be brushed into the gaps every 6 months or so, to keep the gaps topped up, which will ultimately help keep on top of the weeds. The membranes beneath the driveways can also dictate the volume of weeds.

There are other ways to kill weed such as boiling water, salt, and/or off the shelf weed killers, but these chemicals can be harmful to pets, kids and the environment!

Another method of driveway upkeep we find to be very effective is pressure washing. Not only does it clean your driveway but also tackles the weeding issue at the same time.

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The actual pressure washing should not be overly regular as too much blasting between the blocks will unsettle the ground beneath, so we would say that every 2 years is sufficient.

We appreciate that every 2 years seems like a long time without doing anything, so our advice would be to regularly brush the driveway, for peace of mind. Regular brushing helps removes debris and keeps joints filled and secure.

There are a few variables that will dictate when some driveways may need cleaning more often than others such as traffic, footfall, surrounding trees. So this will vary from each property.

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We tend to find that the optimum time to clean your driveway is early spring. As we mentioned before after the initial clean the blocks shouldn’t really need cleaned for another couple of years.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. We hope it’s given you some useful information about driveway maintenance. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

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