How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway Efficiently

Before I talk about the process of pressure washing your concrete driveway, let’s look at a few reasons why you’d want to pressure wash that area in the first place:
  • Your neighbor has recently got a powerful pressure washer and he’s been constantly boasting of his well-cleaned driveway.
  • Some important guests are about to give you a visit and you don’t want them to know you’re too lazy to manually clean the driveway once in a while.
  • Every time you take your car out, it annoys the hell out of you to notice how dirty the driveway looks (and it actually is!).
  • You want to be an example in the eyes of your kids, when it comes to cleanliness around the house.

Whatever may be your ultimate reason, you’ve definitely come to the right place, because I’ll show you how to:

  • How to completely remove all signs of dirt, grime and stains from your driveway.
  • Make your driveway look as good as new.
  • Avoid paying tons of money on a new driveway.

Before you proceed, you may give the following YouTube video a watch, because it shows you exactly how it’s done.

​Now that you have a basic idea of how it’s done, let’s delve deeper and discuss the exact steps that you need to follow in order to make your driveway as clean as new.

7 ​Steps to Pressure Wash a Driveway

    1. ​This is often ignored but this is probably the most important pre-requisite: clear all potential obstacles before you begin. This includes any solid parts, your kids’ toys, any small tool, etc. lying on the driveway.
    2. Attach a hose and a nozzle (I recommend a garden hose and a 25-degree nozzle for this purpose)​.
    3. Turn your pressure washer on, and casually cover the entire surface of the driveway once, to remove loose dirt, grass, and other debris that aren’t hard to remove.
    4. Apply detergent (refer to your washer’s user manual for a suitable one). You’ll also need to attach the soaping nozzle at this stage, which would ensure that the driveway soaks in the soapy detergent.
    5. Let the detergent further soak in for around 5-6 minutes before you begin pressure washing again.
    6. You can now attach either a surface cleaner or a rotary nozzle to clean the harder-to-clean areas dominated by tough grimes and mildew.
    7. It’s time to attach the 25-degree nozzle again to give your driveway a final rinse before it’s squeaky clean again.

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Make sure the water you used to clean the driveway doesn’t enter your local stream, because that water contains various pollutants in the form of chemicals and oil that was in the detergent.
  2. Dealing with high-pressure water can always be risky. If the pressure is high enough, water can even cut through various metals. So, using a surface cleaner attachment is always recommended because it eliminates all chances of damaging the concrete. Also, use of eye-protection is recommended when you’re power washing outdoors.
  3. Be careful about the detergent / washing agent that you use. Consult your user manual before choosing one, because an incompatible washing agent can damage your power washer.

Which Pressure Washer is Fit for the Job?

A medium-capacity gas-powered, or electric-powered pressure washer would do just fine.

Picture Source: YouTube

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  • January 15, 2017
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