When somebody considers getting into the house flipping industry, or the general clean up business for homeowners, they tend to consider the most important factor as being perfect, the view. They would be right. Let’s face it if you can’t get someone to go into the house, because the exterior looks awful you’re a whole lot less likely to find a tenant or a buyer. So when I consider doing home renovations the first place I start is curb appeal. Curb appeal is where the money is at.
I’ve even seen some people successfully sell a home, after only painting the front of the house and landscaping the front. They did this because they didn’t have money to do more renovations. This seemed like the only option for them at the time, given their success it was true.
Another place to start looking at is the driveway. Concrete driveways typically are left alone when cleaning or sprucing up the exterior the home. I submit to you that this is a mistake. Real estate agents constantly proclaim, that if there’s the oil on the driveway of the homes in the neighborhood, it tends to make the neighborhood look depleted. So it is with good reason that I suggest that for a little expense as you will spend to get the maximum result in a short time is to: start with a clean driveway.
The do-it-yourselfer will find it fairly easy to rent a power washer and clean your driveway. Tire marks most generally will come off with very little effort. This is because they are on the surface of the concrete. On the other hand, anything such as rust or oil stains can actually go much deeper into the pores of the concrete.
I seen several products that actually do a pretty good job of removing rust such as CLR. CLR removes rust from concrete services by diluting it slightly and porting it over the rust stain. You may need to do this process over a few hours to completely remove the rust that day. I have mixed dish detergent and CLR together and created a lifting process that removes rust from deep in the concrete and brings it to the top very quickly and then you wipe the bubbles away and take the rust with it. This seems to work fairly well.
Oil stains on the other hand require a lot more effort. Power washing will not remove oil stains even if you spilt it 5 minutes ago. Oil seeps into the pores of concrete very quickly. There are those who would use an acid to remove oil from concrete. This may work on some stains however it does leave a discoloration behind that is only slightly better than the oil stain that is there, and it damages the concrete. I submit to you that there is a better option in using something along the lines of a dry concrete cleaner that does bioremediation.
Bioremediation is the process of using micro organisms to eat oil and diesel and hydraulic fluid. And to my surprise it works better than you would think. There are a number of products available on the Internet however, there are very few available in hardware stores. In fact I’ve not seen any on the shelves of Home Depot, Lowes or True Value. I have found a website that offers a concrete cleaner for oil spill removal, that is fairly inexpensive. Approximately $20 plus shipping provided me with enough concrete cleaner, to completely remove all the oil stains on my driveway, as well as leave enough of the product for future stains that might appear. You can go here to this website and purchase yours for just a few dollars. If you have a larger well stain, or want to treat several different areas, or properties you may want to purchase the two pounds version as it will treat a lot more. The product comes with a hundred percent money back guarantee. So if you can’t take my word for it, that it works, at least you can trust that you can get your money back. Check out Amazon.com for purchasing.