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How to Clean an Asphalt Driveway

Expert advice on cleaning and repairing a driveway, including fixing cracks and holes in asphalt, and how to repair cracks in concrete and brick.

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Freeze-thaw cycles, rain, snow, and daily traffic can take their toll on a driveway, and the resulting cracks and stains can make it look worse for the wear.

Fortunately, cleaning, repairing, and maintaining a driveway can make it look almost new again.The best methods to use depend on whether the driveway is made of concrete, brick, or asphalt.

To clean an asphalt driveway, scour a mixture of detergent and water into the surface using a push broom with a coarse, stiff bristle. Hose off the solution once you are done.

Though oil stains on asphalt are difficult to remove, you can try to scrub them out with a detergent and bleach or, as an alternative, a commercial driveway cleaner.

If you buy a driveway cleaner, be sure to get one that is made for asphalt; a concrete cleaner can damage asphalt. Follow label directions explicitly. But first, try the household cleaner route:

1Using a stiff, long-handled brush and a solution of tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) or phosphate-free substitute, scrub the stain.

2Following label precautions and directions, scrub remaining spots with full-strength household bleach. Wear old clothes, rubber gloves, and safety glasses.

3Rinse thoroughly with a hose.

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