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How to Properly Pressure Wash Your Driveway

 

Have you ever looked at your dirty concrete or asphalt surfaces and thought of pressure washing? If you’re reading this post, you’re obviously looking for ways to clean or prolong the life of your driveway. And one of the methods you thought is solid pressure washing. Pressure washing your driveway is a popular and affordable solution for homeowners looking to restore their driveways—and increase their property’s curb appeal.

When you pressure wash your driveway, you will need to have some skills and experience, not to mention the right equipment. This might sound like a daunting task, but if you take the time to learn the process, you will surely be happy with the results. If you are thinking about pressure washing your driveway for the first time, then you should consider hiring a professional to take care of the job. If you don’t know what you are doing, the results will likely be subpar. Should you decide to complete a DIY pressure washing, consider the following tips.

 

Buy or Rent the Necessary Equipment

Pressure washing is easier with the right equipment. Here is a list of the equipment you will need to properly pressure wash your driveway:

●    Quality pressure washer

●    Purpose-made detergent

●    Garden hose, preferably more than 50 feet long

●    Safety gloves

●    A broom and a stiff brush

●    Plastic sheeting or garbage bags

●    Painter’s tape

 

The Steps to Pressure Washing Driveways

 

Clear the surface

The first step is preparing the surface area on and near your driveway by clearing away all debris and items. Make sure to sweep away all excess dirt when preparing your driveway.

 

Keep your windows and doors safe

The pressure washer needs to be very powerful to get rid of stains and contaminants on the surface of your driveway. When you pressure wash your driveway, contaminants and debris, like small rocks, can be flung into the air and sent flying into different areas of your property. Because of this, you can easily damage windows and doors if your driveway is close to either. Avoid this by covering windows, doors, and other sensitive areas with plastic sheeting or garbage bags. Many people don’t take this important precaution, but it might be necessary for some depending on the layout of the home and the quality of your equipment. Consult a professional if you don’t know how to properly safeguard your home.

 

Be Prepared

There is not a single standard for pressure washers, so make sure you read your machine’s manual. If you buy a cheap pressure washer from a department store, make sure you understand its power settings, user-friendliness, and reliability—incorrect use could harm the surface of your driveway.

 

Assemble your pressure washer

Once you understand the ins-and-outs of your pressure washer, it is time to assemble it. Attach the spray wand tip for detergent, or set it to “25 degrees” when you are ready to pressure wash. You also need to put the hoses in place on the washer and the water supply and follow any other special instructions that your manual provides.

 

Execute a perfect driveway cleaning

Hold down the spray handle, and move side to side across the surface of the driveway. Try to overlap each movement by about half a foot. Remember that proper techniques will vary depending on the quality style of your pressure washer. When cleaning tough stains, some washers will need to be held closer to the surface than others.

 

If You Feel Unsure, Contact the Professionals at Washh

While it might seem cheaper to pressure wash your driveway on your own, this isn’t always the case. If you don’t know what you are doing, you run the risk of damaging your property—and piling up a large repair bill. Plus, renting or buying equipment isn’t cheap, and you will have to take up a decent chunk of your valuable time to execute the cleaning.

Hiring a professional pressure washing company to clean your driveway ensures that your concrete gets a high-quality and expert cleaning. At Washh, our professionals can pressure wash away stains, graffiti, dirt, grime, and other contaminants, without damaging the surface. For all of your pressure washing needs, Washh is the smart choice. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (704) 321-8000 or contact us online for your free, no-obligation quote.