Cleaning Blacktop: 5 Tips
After you have installed a blacktop driveway, it’s important to keep it in as good as condition as possible. Part of keeping it in good condition is to clean it regularly, which you can do in several different ways, including following these tips.
Tip 1 - Push Broom
A strong bristled push broom is essential for keeping your blacktop clear of loose debris. It can also be used as a scrubbing tool for driveway cleaning.
Tip 2 - Power Washer
For spring cleaning, or for just a general deeper cleaning, use a power washer. If you don’t own one, these can be rented inexpensively.
Tip 3 - Laundry or Dish Detergent
You can use household laundry or dish detergent for scrubbing driveways and it works quite well. To be environmentally friendly use an eco-friendly brand.
Just use your garden hose to fill a bucket with the soap and some water and your push broom or another similar tool to do more deep cleaning on the blacktop.
Tip 4 - Kitty Litter
For deep cleaning spills of oil, use a clay-based kitty litter. Simply pour right on top of the spill as well as all around it. Let it sit enough to absorb the oil and then sweep it up.
Tip 5 - Sealer
Be sure your blacktop has a current coat of sealer on it to prevent cracks and make clean-up easier.