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Score Points in Your Neighborhood with a Clean Driveway


Score Points in Your Neighborhood with a Clean Driveway

Let’s face it. Life is busy. With your active lifestyle, a well-kept driveway may not be at the top of your priority list, but it sure does make a statement about the pride you have in maintaining your property. Get ahead of the game! With the right equipment and knowledge, you can win the race for the best-kept driveway in the neighborhood and vastly improve your home’s ambiance. Removing leaves, dirt, oil, and gas – and even snow in the winter – doesn’t take a professional landscaper or cleaning crew. The following tips can help you pave the way to a clean driveway.


Leaves
For one, they’re pesky, and two, they make your yard and driveway look cluttered and unkempt. Removing leaves from the driveway is relatively simple and can be done a multitude of ways. Brooms and leaf blowers are the first solutions that come to mind and definitely fit the bill. While brooms have paved the way as a tried-and-true method, STIHL blowers provide a much quicker and more efficient way to clear the clutter from your drive. The Fall Leaf Blowers Guide provides answers to a variety of questions, from how to use a leaf blower to blower safety tips. Another alternate solution for quick leaf removal is the bristle brush attachment available on the STIHL KombiSystem and STIHL YARD BOSS® multi-task tools. This attachment is specifically designed for jobs such as sweeping walkways, porches, decks, and driveways. The bristle brush sweeps even the toughest debris by curbs and patio pavers – but beware, this tool is a big attention getter, so be prepared for neighbors to stop by to check out your new gadget. By keeping leaves cleared from the driveway, it will also help reduce discoloration since decomposing organic material can leave a temporary residue on concrete, pavers and other surfaces. While rain may remove this residue over time, washing the spots with biodegradeable detergents and water will help speed the process.

Oil and Gas
Over time, stains from oil and gas can leave your otherwise clean garage or driveway looking unimpressive.You may consider placing mats under the area where your vehicles will be parked. To remove existing stains, you could try the household remedy of covering the stains with kitty litter and leaving it for a couple of hours. The dry kitty litter acts to absorb some of the oil. Afterward, sweep the litter and spray biodegradable oven cleaner if you have an asphalt driveway or, if concrete, try scrubbing in a paste of cornstarch mixed with a heavy-duty degreaser and apply this additional layer of paste when cleaning concrete driveways. With both substances, leave for thirty minutes. Scrape away the top layer (if using the cornstarch mixture) and rinse with a garden hose or STIHL pressure washer.

Dirt
The simple solution for caked-on dirt is generally a pressure washer. Using accessories such as the STIHL Rotary Surface Cleaner or Water Broom can assist in covering large surfaces in a short amount of time. See the Rotary Surface Cleaner in action. For tips on how to use pressure washers wisely, see STIHL Pressure Washer Safety Tips. Using a variety of nozzles, detergents and accessories, pressure washers can quickly help make your driveway sparkling clean, resulting in neighbors taking an extra glimpse when driving past.

Snow
You may remember spending hours and hours scraping snow-covered driveways, leaving you begging for a solution on how to remove snow from a driveway without a shovel. The heavy-duty rubber flaps of the STIHL PowerSweep™ attachment can help sweep snow off the pavement without the back-breaking shovel. The PowerSweep™ is available for both STIHL KombiSystem and STIHL YARD BOSS® multi-task tools. This is one of many great attachments, and it is sure to make neighbors comment on your tool set when they are out shoveling their driveways. To clear light snow from pavement, STIHL handheld or backpack blowers will also do the job. In either scenario, you can safely retire the snow shovel. STIHL has you covered.





The next step to taking home the trophy for the “Cleanest Driveway” is locating your local STIHL Dealer for the tools and accessories to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Game on!