How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway
Pressure washing is a great way to get your driveway looking as good as new. This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about pressure washing and how it can help clean up your property. We will also show you some of the best power washers on the market today so that you can find the right one for your needs. Before we dive into all of that information, let’s spend a few minutes talking about why pressure washing is such a vital upkeep task for homeowners.
Pressure washing your driveway is a smart way to keep it looking nice and prevents the need for mowing over time. It’s not too difficult of a task, but make sure you do some research before you rush out and buy equipment. Most importantly, educate yourself on safety measures when using a pressure washer. Now you’re ready to learn how to pressure wash your driveway!
- Determine what type of surface you have. Is it a concrete, brick, or stone driveway? Concrete is the most common driveway surface and by far the easiest to clean with a pressure washer. The key here is soap. For cleaning concrete driveways, use a degreasing dish soap. The soap will help break up the dirt and grime on the surface of your driveway.
- Start washing at one end of your driveway. Using a low-pressure setting, spray the cleaner onto the concrete in manageable sections (about 6 ft x 6 ft). Although you should aim the nozzle at the surface, don’t directly point it at your concrete.
- With a scrub brush, begin washing the soap off of your driveway with water. First, mix half dish soap with half water in a clean bucket or container. Then scrub down each section with the soapy water mixture. Don’t forget to scrub along the edges and any stubborn spots.
- After you clean the entire surface with the soapy mixture, rinse it with plain water. The soap should have helped loosen most of the dirt and other concrete particles that were stuck on your driveway.
- Let your driveway dry before using it again to prevent slipping and sliding while walking on it.
- If you want to make your driveway look nice, you can add a sealant or wax after it dries. This will help protect your driveway against dirt and also give it a little shine.
- The last step in how to pressure wash a driveway is protection! Once you have washed and sealed your concrete surface, you should apply something that will help protect your driveway. Even if it looks clean and shiny, the soapy mixture you used will eventually wear off and leave it looking dingy once again. There are products called sealers which you can add to keep it nice and clean in between pressure washer cleanings.
With a little bit of research and patience, you can pressure wash your driveway with ease. The steps we have provided should help you start thinking about how to keep your concrete surface looking nice and clean between power washing sessions. If all this sounds overwhelming, or if you want help implementing these principles into an overall cleaner strategy for your home, let us know!