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4 Driveway Cleaning Techniques for the Winter

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Vancouver winters are unpredictable. Sometimes it comes early and gives us a lot of snow, while other times the frigid temperatures don’t go below freezing point, and cause a lot of rain. 

This year, we’ve already been exposed to plenty of frigid temperatures, slick ice, bitter winds and deep snow. Our driveways get exposed to these elements all season long, and weeks upon weeks of winter weather can really do a number on your surface. 

In order to protect your driveway and make it look spic and span, here are 5 expert driveway cleaning techniques to solve all your problems.

Remove Stubborn Grease Stains

The first step to winter driveway maintenance is getting your surface clean. The type of driveway (concrete or asphalt), as well as the type of stain you’re trying to remove, play a role in determining the best way to clean a driveway. 

Remove stubborn stains using the following methods. For asphalt driveways, sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda on the oil stain, and add a bit of water to make it a paste. Brush the stain using a circular motion until the stain begins to come up. For concrete driveways, rub some cat litter into the stain and let it sit for an hour or two before wiping it. The absorbent litter will soak the stain right up. 

Get Rid of Rust Stains

While not an issue on black asphalt driveways, rust is an eyesore on concrete—and happens can stain as quickly as overnight. If you have rust stains on your concrete, pour some cola direct from the bottle or can onto the stain and let it sit. By the time the next Vancouver rain showers hit the surface, the stains will be gone.

Pressure Wash Your Driveway

Get started by picking up fallen branches and sweeping away leaves and other debris. Once you’ve removed sticks and leaves, it’s time to give your driveway a good wash. 

Just remember, mildew tends to thrive in cooler, damper climates. So, it’s important to maintain your driveway surface in the winter months. Take advantage of the “off-season” to pressure wash your driveway. Remove the grime, mildew, and mould buildup on your concrete or asphalt, and keep your driveway damage-free.

Pressure washing requires a certain level of skill and technique to ensure it’s being done correctly. Leave it to us to take care of your driveway and get it cleaned. Stay warm and dry indoors, and let our expert technicians, trained to work in all seasons, make your home look beautiful.

Keep Weeds Out of Cracks

Now that your driveway looks clean, it’s important to make sure the cracks on the pavement don’t become a warm space for weed growth and other debris. Seal up any cracks you might have. If you need help with sealing, our experienced technicians are happy to give you a hand. Simply contact us and we’ll give you a custom quote as well. 

Now that you have insider knowledge of how you can clean and maintain your driveway during the winter months, it’s time to get started. Just remember that caring for your property’s exterior is hard work. Not only is it a time-consuming project that requires a lot of specialized equipment, but it’s also a very physically demanding task. This is why it’s best to leave it up to experienced property cleaning services to provide your pressure washing services for you.

At Umbrella Property Services, we are more than just a property maintenance service; we can deliver health and safety checks, downspout checks, and condition inspections for your home exterior. Take away the hassle and safety risks of taking on these property maintenance tasks yourself and get a quote for our house exterior cleaning services here in the Greater Vancouver Area.

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