As promised below are the photographs from the second floor I cleaned recently at a house in historic city of York. If you recall the first floor was Mexican Terracotta which proved pretty tough to clean as the rotary floor scrubber I use struggled to cope with the bull nose edges. You can find

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As promised below are the photographs from the second floor I cleaned recently at a house in historic city of York. If you recall the first floor was Mexican Terracotta which proved pretty tough to clean as the rotary floor scrubber I use struggled to cope with the bull nose edges. You can find the article I created for that floor via the link below: Mexican Terracotta Tiles Deep Cleaned in York. The second floor was a Victorian tiled hallway which like its neighbour was dull, lifeless and

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Quite likely one of the reasons you invested in having a concrete driveway installed at your home was your expectation a concrete driveway would need very little maintenance and upkeep.

While in general that’s true and a concrete driveway does need substantially less maintenance then an asphalt drive, there is still a certain amount of maintenance necessary even with a concrete driveway. Here’s some tips on how to maintain your concrete driveway.

Clean your driveway regularly

  • Actually how often you need to clean your driveway will depend on how much traffic it gets as well as the amount of pollutants in the air. You can hire a professional concrete cleaning company to power wash your drive, but for most of us, simply power washing your drive with a home pressure washer every couple of months will be enough to keep it clean

Reseal when necessary

  • Concrete sealers help preserve and protect the surface of your driveway by preventing water from getting into the porous surface and help delay the effects of weathering. However, traffic and time will eventually wear out even the best sealer so you will need to reseal the surface to maintain that protection. A good rule of thumb is to reseal every three to five years, but you may need to reseal more often if your driveway gets a lot of use.

Keep spills off the surface

  • Avoid doing things like changing the oil in your vehicle on your driveway since spilled oil can create an ugly stain. If you do see any spills or drips clean get most of it off the surface with an absorbent product such as kitty litter, sawdust or cornmeal. After you soak up most of the spill, get rid of any residual marks by scrubbing with soap and water or one of a number of commercial concrete cleaners available from home or hardware stores.

Avoid salt and deicing chemicals

  • Chemical deicers and salt are very hard on any grass and gardens growing beside your driveway but perhaps worse, will eat into the surface of your concrete and start it deteriorating. Spreading sand on icy patches to provide traction during the winter is a better option and you can simply sweep it up in the spring.

Keep sharp objects off your driveway

  • Shovels with metal edges or metal ice chippers will damage the surface of your drive,so it’s best to not use them. Plastic snow shovels won’t nick the surface and are a better choice for clearing snow from your driveway. Also, if you have a snow blower, be sure to raise the blades high enough to avoid scraping your driveway surface.

Repair any small cracks when you first notice them

  • Small cracks can occur due to natural settling or shifting of the ground. If they’re left unrepaired, annual freezing and melting cycles will enlarge these cracks making them big enough for weeds to take root and in just a few years, you may need to resurface your entire driveway. Concrete patching products to repair small cracks are available at most home stores.

 
 
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A few months back I posted a story about cleaning Catalan Terracotta tiles where I mentioned that Terracotta tiles are made all over the world. To prove the point I thought you might be interested to read about this Mexican Terracotta Tiled floor I cleaned recently at a house in York. The customer actually had two floors they wanted me to clean, the other was a Victorian Tiled floor which is cleaned using a similar process but I’ll post about that separately. Both floors looked a bit

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I’m really pleased with the transformation I managed to achieve cleaning this Stone Fireplace at a lovely period house in Brighton. The client had been decorating the room which highlighted just how grubby the Stone Fireplace now looked and she desperately wanted to use it for the cold nights towards Christmas. The run up to Christmas is generally a busy time for us as we usually find homeowners are really keen to have their tiles cleaned in time for the festivities. However these jobs tend

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I’m really pleased with the transformation I managed to achieve cleaning this Stone Fireplace at a lovely period house in Brighton. The client had been decorating the room which highlighted just how grubby the Stone Fireplace now looked and she desperately wanted to use it for the cold nights towards Christmas. The run up to Christmas is generally a busy time for us as we usually find homeowners are really keen to have their tiles cleaned in time for the festivities. However these jobs tend

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