Concrete Cleaners For Driveways
When it comes to concrete cleaners for driveways, there are two types that you should consider – liquid and powdered ones. While liquid ones are easier to use, powdered ones can be more powerful and effective.
The liquid ones can be found in capacities like 8 ounces, 32 ounces, 128 fluid ounces and 2 pounds where the powdered ones come in packs of 3 pounds or more.
Trisodium phosphate, also known as TSP, is an effective concrete cleaner for removing stains and dirt from your driveway. It can be mixed with water to create a cleaning solution.
The powder can be applied to your surface using a sponge or brush and then scrubbed to remove stubborn stains. TSP works like a degreaser to lift tough stains and is available at many home improvement stores.
However, TSP is not recommended for use on glass surfaces or aluminum as it can corrode these materials. Additionally, it can cause health problems in workers who accidentally ingest the chemical (trisodium phosphate poisoning). It can also be a threat to the environment by running off into rivers and lakes where algae blooms may produce harmful toxins.
Bleach is a household cleaner that can be used to remove dirt, grime, mold, mildew and other organic stains from your concrete driveway. Just pour a solution of household bleach onto the stain and rinse with hot water.
When scrubbing, be sure to wear gloves and don’t mix bleach with other cleaning products because this can cause toxic fumes.
If you’re worried about nearby plant life, consider a natural DIY solution made with vinegar or baking soda.
Acid-based cleaners are effective at removing hard water stains, efflorescence, and salt build-up. These acids are non-corrosive and biodegradable.
Soda is a popular choice for concrete cleaners, but be sure to test a small patch first before using it on large areas. If you do, you could end up staining the underlying concrete.
You can make a natural and inexpensive cleaning solution for your driveway by mixing borax, dish soap, washing soda and water. This homemade formula is strong enough to lift greasy stains from the concrete and is safer for you and your family than harsh chemical cleaners.
Soda is also effective in removing rust stains from concrete. Its properties gobble up the rust and leave your concrete clean.
The best weed killer for gravel driveways is one that kills weeds at the roots and does not allow them to sprout back. Some products also act as pre-emergents to keep weed seeds from growing.
Weed killers that don’t have this long-term effect can be a problem. Usually, they only last for a few months, and then they break down when exposed to water.
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