01 Oct Key Points For Sealing Your Concrete Driveway
You might have been saving up for months for a new concrete driveway, and also invested a considerable amount of time deciding on the contractors to use and the style you want to compliment your property. This is not the time to panic and not perfect the last part of the project on sealing your driveway, so we have some key points on how to seal a concrete driveway if you are doing it by yourself.
- Get the correct tools for the job
Before you start, make sure you have all the correct tools you will need to seal the driveway and perhaps carry out any small maintenance work that you notice needs doing. You can view a full range of tools you might need from sites that have specialist concrete driveway tools.
- Chooses a warm sunny day
The first thing to consider is the weather. Make sure you choose a nice, bright, and warm sunny day to seal your driveway or patio. The driveway sealer needs to dry completely, and its performance could be affected if you chose to seal your driveway in the rain or on a frosty morning. You want to be able to apply the sealer thinly and evenly without it forming puddles or pools on the surface, so warm weather will assist you greatly here. It will also mean your driveway is out of action for a shorter time if the sealer is able to dry quicker.
- Clean your driveway thoroughly
This could be the most important step. Make sure to clean your driveway completely. You will have to get a scrubber or a stiff-bristled brush and a concrete cleaner that can help you get rid of the dust and debris deposited on the driveway. A good cleaner to consider is the SHIFT-IT PATIO/DRIVEWAY Cleaner available from Swiss Seal.This has an extremely powerful formula for removing black spots from patios and driveways and thoroughly cleans and powers through stubborn dirt and grime for clean surfaces. You can use it on block paving, concrete flags, steps, paths, and other outdoor hard surfaces and not just your new concrete driveway
- Wear safety gear
It might sound obvious, but you need to protect your eyes and skin. All liquids can splash and the last thing you want is a trip to the hospital following a spillage that ends up in your eyes. Ideally you should wear protective goggles and gloves and make sure you have suitable footwear. We would also recommend long trousers and a long-sleeved T-shirt to protect your skill from any irritation that might be caused by the sealer. View a full range of tools you might need from sites that have specialist concrete driveway tools
- Test a small area of the driveway before you begin
To make sure you like the final appearance of your driveway, it is important to test a small area of the surface before you start applying the sealer. Choose an unobtrusive area on the driveway, preferable in a small corner area away from the front of the house and apply a bit of sealer on the driveway. Let it dry completely and then see if it is the way you want it. It will generally lighted as it dries so make sure it’s completely dry before deciding to seal the entire driveway.
Hopefully if you follow our points on sealing a concrete driveway, you should avoid any mishaps and have a lovely, clean sealed driveway that will last for years.