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How to Clean a Resin Driveway

 

Resin driveways are known for their low maintenance. However, to keep them looking their best, prevent long-term damage, and ensure their longevity, occasional cleaning is still necessary.

Here at Erinstone, we’ve put together a guide on how to clean a resin driveway surface, including the equipment, materials, and cleaning frequency.

 

Equipment’s:


 

Leaf blower (optional):

 

Used to remove loose debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt from the surface of the driveway.

 

 

Stiff broom or brush with plastic bristles (not metal):

 

Used to scrub the surface of the driveway and agitate the cleaning solution.

 

 

Bucket (for soapy water solution, mild detergent, baking soda, or vinegar solution):

 

Used to mix cleaning solutions for removing stains and stubborn dirt, and to carry water if necessary.

 

 

Garden hose with spray nozzle (adjustable pattern is helpful):

 

Used to rinse the driveway surface and loosen dirt and grime.

 

 

Pressure washer with a flat spray nozzle (no more than 150 bar pressure):

 

Used to rinse the driveway surface and loosen dirt, grime, and stubborn dirt.

 

 

Protective gloves and safety goggles:

 

Worn to protect your hands and eyes from chemicals, splashes, and debris.

 

 

 

Cleaning Frequency:


Regular Sweeping:

 

Sweep or use a leaf blower to remove leaves, debris, twigs, and dirt from the surface daily or weekly to prevent them from staining the resin surface.

 

 

Deep Cleaning Stage 1:

 

Recommended every 3-6 months. This is a thorough cleaning with water, depending on the level of exposure to dirt and grime.

 

 

Deep Cleaning Stage 2:

 

Recommended every 8-12 months. Perform a thorough cleaning using a mild detergent or specialised resin cleaner to remove stains and dirt buildup.

 

 

Spot Cleaning:

 

Inspect and address any signs of spills, stains, and damage promptly to prevent them from setting in.

 

 

 

Cleaning Different Types of Dirt and Grime:

 


Loose Dirt and Debris:

 

Use a leaf blower or a stiff broom or brush with plastic bristles to remove leaves, dirt, and lighter debris.

 

 

General Dirt and Grime:

 

Use a mild detergent or resin cleaner mixed with water to clean the surface of the driveway, followed by thorough rinsing with a spray nozzle or pressure washer. Adjust the spray pattern to avoid damaging the resin surface with a concentrated stream.

 

 

Organic Stains (e.g., leaves, moss, algae):

 

Use mild detergent or a specialised cleaner with anti-algae properties to remove organic stains.

 

 

Oil or Grease Stains:

 

Apply an oil-stain remover, degreaser, or sprinkle baking soda on the affected areas. Leave it for 30 minutes to absorb the oil before scrubbing with a stiff brush, followed by a thorough rinse with clean water.

 

 

Tire Marks:

 

Use a specialised tire mark remover or a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub away tire marks.

 

 

Stubborn Dirt:

 

Use a solution of mild detergent or resin cleaner mixed with water in a bucket. Apply with a broom/brush, then rinse thoroughly. Alternatively, use a pressure washer with a flat spray nozzle.

 

 

 

Cleaning Process:


 

Step 1: Clear the Surface

 

Use a broom or leaf blower to remove any loose debris from the surface. This includes leaves, twigs, stones, and dirt.

 

 

Step 2: Rinse with Water

 

Use a garden hose or pressure washer to thoroughly rinse the surface. This will help loosen dirt and grime, making it easier to clean.

 

 

Step 3: Prepare Cleaning Solution (if needed)

 

If the driveway has stubborn stains or dirt buildup, prepare a cleaning solution using mild detergent or specialised resin cleaner mixed with water in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

Step 4: Apply Cleaning Solution (if needed)

 

Use a scrubbing brush or broom with stiff bristles to apply the cleaning solution to the surface. Work in small sections to ensure thorough coverage.

 

 

Step 5: Scrub the Surface (if needed)

 

Scrub the surface of the driveway with the cleaning solution, focusing on areas with stains or heavy dirt buildup. Use firm pressure and circular motions to agitate the solution and loosen dirt.

 

 

Step 6: Rinse Thoroughly

 

Rinse thoroughly with water using a garden hose or pressure washer. Make sure to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.

 

 

Step 7: Inspect and Repeat if Necessary

 

Inspect for any remaining stains or dirt. If necessary, repeat the cleaning process in areas where stubborn stains persist.

 

 

What to Avoid:

 

Use a low pressure setting (no more than 150 bar) and maintain a distance of at least 20 cm from the surface to avoid damaging the resin.

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your resin driveway, as they can damage the surface.

Don’t clean the driveway in direct sunlight, as the heat can cause the cleaning solution to dry too quickly and leave streaks.

If you’re unsure about cleaning a particular type of stain, consult a professional cleaning company specialising in resin driveways.

Remember to always wear protective gear and follow safety precautions when handling cleaning chemicals and equipment.

 

 

By following these tips and cleaning your resin driveway regularly, you can ensure that your resin driveway maintains its beauty and functionality for many years to come.

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