These days, a concrete driveway isn’t just functional. It’s also a great way to make an architectural statement when it comes to your home’s exterior. If you’re looking for ways to increase your Waukesha home’s curb appeal, a driveway is just one of the many ways you can make it happen.

Of course, a concrete driveway is also an investment. This means you’ll want to keep it looking brand new for as long as possible.

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How can you make your Waukesha driveway last for years to come? Read on to find out.

Get Rid of Stains ASAP

Your driveway is likely where you’ll head to do a lot of home improvement jobs. You might repaint your dresser, spray paint something, or even have an accidental oil spill when taking care of your car. Whatever you spill, it’s important to take care of the problem quickly.

  • To get rid of rust stains, use water mixed with muriatic acid.
  • To tackle splatter from paint, first try to get rid of the stain with water and a scouring powder. This will require some elbow grease on your part. If that fails, apply a paint stripper to the stain. Let it sit for a while, then rinse it all away with a bucket of water or hose.
  • If a stain is especially tough, try the old trick of pouring Coca-Cola on it!

Be Wary of De-Icing Chemicals

We know that nobody likes an icy driveway—especially not in Waukesha. However, using de-icing chemicals on your concrete can do far more harm than good. This is because these chemicals make your concrete warped, and can even change the chemical properties of the concrete.

Why? Because these chemicals make the moisture on your driveway thaw quickly, only to be refrozen later. Plus, it’s not exactly great for the health of any plants you have next to your driveway.

If you absolutely must use a de-icing chemical, wait until after the first year of installation to do so. The salt could seriously damage the new concrete. Instead, use sand!

Rely on Sealant

In addition to regularly cleaning your driveway as often as your schedule allows, you should also rely on sealant to help you keep it in good shape.

Though the general rule of thumb is to reapply your sealant every two years, if you have lots of traffic coming through, you may need to do it more often. Same goes if you live in a harsher climate.

If you start to notice the finish getting faded, it’s time to reseal.

Ready to Get Your Own Concrete Driveway?

Now that you know how easy it is to take good care of your Waukesha concrete driveway, you’re likely ready to improve the look of your home by getting one for yourself. That’s where we come in.

With years of experience serving the Southeast Wisconsin and Waukesha areas, we help commercial businesses and homeowners get the concrete paving they need. We offer a wide variety of concrete services guaranteed to suit your needs.

Spend some time on our blog to learn more about which ones are right for you, and get in touch with us when you’re ready to take your driveway to the next level. We offer FREE ESTIMATES, so just give us a call at 262-677-2500 or click here to submit your request online.