If your driveway is concrete or asphalt, regular seal coating is essential to keep it in top shape and preserve your investment. However, you’re wasting your time if your driveway isn’t clean first. Driveway stains will keep seal coat from adhering properly, will spoil the look of your driveway, and can even worsen driveway damage. Read on to discover the 4 most common barriers to sealing your driveway, and how to defeat them.
1. Wipe out Weeds
Weeds will grow through even the smallest cracks in your driveway. These stubborn eyesores push against the concrete or asphalt as they grow. This makes cracks longer and wider and even causes pieces of your driveway to break away.
If your driveway has weeds growing through it, get rid of them right away. Pull up all weeds by the root, and spray weed and grass killer into the crack if you can’t repair it right away. While you’re at it, remove any small loose pieces of driveway material or other debris, so the crack will be ready for you to repair it.
2. Remove Algae, Lichen, Mold and Mildew
Algae, lichen, mold and mildew can grow on asphalt or concrete, and all of them can really ruin your driveway’s appearance. Black algae grows well in sunny areas, and can make your concrete driveway look like it’s been rubbed with soot. Green algae grows best in shady areas, and can cover whole sections of your driveway in thick green goo. Mold and mildew grow in wet, shady areas, and create a disgusting musty odor.
Besides looking awful, algae, mold and mildew can also make your driveway dangerously slippery. On top of that, lichen can cause etching on the surface of some driveways. All of these growths will interfere with seal coating or crack repair.
Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out algae, lichen, mold and mildew on your driveway with no scrubbing, bleaching or pressure washing needed, and keeps them from coming back for a year or more in most cases. Problem solved! Check out the amazing photo at the top of this article to see how Wet & Forget Outdoor annihilated black algae on a concrete driveway.
3. Defeat Moss
Moss’s destructive power earns it its own category in this list. Like weeds, moss will grow in cracks and crevices in your driveway, making any damage worse with each day that goes by. Moss exploits even the smallest chink in your driveway’s armor, and can lead to more cracking and crumbling if left unchecked. Moss can also be aggressive enough to take over your whole driveway, turning it into an ugly, slippery green carpet. Moss’s root-like structures grab onto your driveway and don’t let go, making it difficult to remove.
Forget tedious scrubbing and scraping, messy pressure washing and noxious bleach. With Wet & Forget Outdoor, just spray and walk away to defeat diveway moss and keep it from coming back for a year or more in most cases. It’s that simple!
4. Eliminate Oil Stains
Oil stains are common on driveways, especially if you have an older vehicle. These stains look horrible, can be dangerously slippery, and can stick to your shoes, tracking all over your home. Oil on your driveway will also prevent seal coating from adhering properly.
Jeff Patterson of Home Repair Tutor performed an experiment to try different methods of removing oil stains from concrete. Check out the video of Jeff’s results here. While you’re at it, take a look at the results of Jeff’s 11-week experiment with Wet & Forget Shower.
And the Bonus…
Wet & Forget Outdoor will not interfere with seal coating your driveway. It requires no rinsing, and your driveway will be ready for seal coating as soon as it is dry and the growths are gone. Even better: Because Wet & Forget Outdoor keeps working over time to prevent re-growth for a year or more in most cases, you won’t have to worry about ugly growths getting in the way the next time your driveway is due for a seal coat or crack repair. Just spray once a year or at the first sign of re-growth, and keep these nuisances gone for good!
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