How To Clean A Brick Driveway

Thursday 25th May 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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A driveway covered in unsightly stains, cracks, and potholes can make a bad first impression and lower the value of your property. To keep your brick driveway in good condition, you must bring in professional brick cleaners to clean it.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer effective brick cleaning services that will restore your brickwork without causing damage. Our technicians have the expertise and specialist brick cleaning equipment, including the TORIK Stone Cleaning System, to quickly remove any dirt and tough stains.

Read on to find out the benefits of a clean driveway and why brick cleaning must be left to professionals.

Why you should have your brick driveway cleaned regularly

Firstly, dirty driveways can be very dangerous. Algae, fungi, lichen, and moss can build up and make it slippery which could cause people to slip and fall when they walk on it. It might also reduce the traction, making driving and parking your car on it risky.

Tyre marks, efflorescence, and oil spill stains can be unsightly and suggest your property is in a state of disrepair, as well. Graffiti attacks that are not cleaned up immediately may have particularly serious consequences, such as attracting more crime.

Fungi and weeds can grow in cracks and around the edges of your driveway, and corrode and damage the blocks, too. Any cracks and potholes could eventually become tripping hazards and damage your car’s tyres.

Regular, thorough cleaning minimises the need for expensive repairs in the future and extends its lifespan.

Why you must not attempt to clean bricks yourself

It can be dangerous

Cleaning brick pavers sometimes requires hazardous chemicals, like muriatic acid, which gives off toxic fumes and is corrosive. Professional cleaners will have the full personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely mix and handle the chemicals, and then use them effectively.

They will also know how to prevent chemical run off which might harm your property and the local environment. If needed, they can use eco-friendly, chemical-free solutions to clean your driveway.

You could cause more damage

Selecting the wrong cleaning product or method can make the situation worse. Bleach, for example, may discolour them, pressure washing at too high a setting can damage your paving, and wire brushes will be very abrasive and make them less water resistant.

Instead, bring in professional cleaners

They will know the best ways to clean a brick driveway, be able to select the right technique for your kind of brick, and have the training and tools to clean your brickwork safely and thoroughly.

How to clean oil off a brick driveway

If your car has leaked oil, you must have it cleaned up by trained professionals as soon as possible. Oil is dangerous to be exposed to, can be a fire hazard, and puts people at risk of slipping and falling.

The spill can run off onto soil or down a drain, too, potentially damaging the environment. Should you not have the oil cleaned up immediately, it could permanently stain the driveway.

Our technicians also provide oil spill cleaning services and can be on site in a matter of hours in an emergency. You can find out more about what to do when oil spills on your driveway in this blog.

How to maintain your brick driveway

There are lots of ways you can minimise the likelihood of stains forming and dirt accumulating. It may not be recommended that you deep clean your driveway yourself, but you should still regularly sweep it to get rid of any dirt, leaves, and other debris accumulating.

You must also have oil spills cleaned up as soon as they happen by specialist cleaners. Weeds should be killed and removed as soon as they start to appear, as well, before they cause damage to your driveway.

Having the driveway sealed every few years can repel stains from forming, protect it from weeds, and minimise damage from UV rays and snow, too. Sanding pavers could even hold the bricks together and prevent weeds growing between the cracks.

Get in touch

Our technicians are experts in brick cleaning, including graffiti removal, and can restore your driveway to pristine condition. They have a number of qualifications and accreditations, including IPAF and SafeContractor, and are fully insured to carry out brick and stone cleaning services.

You can book our technicians for brick and stone cleaning by giving our friendly team a call on 0208 066 0360 or sending them an email at enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

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