STEP 1: Get a Pressure Washing Machine
Get a hold of a pressure washer, ask your Neighbor, buy a power washer, or rent one at you’re a tool rental shop here in South Florida.
It is important to know that it pressurizes enough water at the right PSI so it can remove everything you want. We recommend using a pressure washer with more than 3000 PSI. Always read the safety manual for the machine you’re using, each one has its own assembly instructions and attachments.
STEP 2: Sweep The Surface
Just like when power washing a house, we recommend removing any excess dirt from hard to reach areas. When cleaning your driveway, you should first sweep the whole area, including any surrounding areas you might also be cleaning. (Sidewalks, porch area, front door steps, garage door, etc.)
STEP 3: Protect All Windows & Doors
While pressure cleaning might sound like a safe and straightforward task but it will lift up rocks, pebbles, and old paint. Throwing all this debris around your front lawn, possibly hitting a door or window. Make sure to cover any nearby windows or doors to the surface area you are cleaning with plastic sheeting and painter’s tape.
STEP 4: Connect Hoses
There are a few hoses you will need to attach before turning on the water supply and commencing to remove the degreaser you placed on the affected surface area. Grab the main pressure-washer hose and attach one end to the pressure washer, then attach the other end to your spray wand.
Depending on how far away you have you’re a water outlet from your driveway, you will need a garden hose with a length of 25 to 50 feet. You can find one of these for twenty to thirty dollars at home depot or ace hardware stores.
STEP 5: Apply Cleaning Solution
Check to see if you find any black stains or algae growing if you do, grab a scrubber and a small spray bottle to fill up with your cleaning solution. Use our DIY Homemade cleaning solution to spray evenly across the driveway of your home, getting it nice and foamy. Once you have managed to get it in all the affected areas of the pavement, simply let it do its thing. The cleaner solution cleans concrete within 10 minutes through a chemical reaction.
Some Pressure washers have a way to apply soap with the wand. Add the right wand tip (labeled “soap”) and apply the detergent to the detergent container attached to the power washer. If not use your spray bottle and apply roughly 6-12 inches from surface.
STEP 6 (Optional): Degreaser
If you have a lot of oil build up and greasy stains on your driveway, it is also recommended to add a degreaser with your cleanser to help remove those stains.
** Stray in an overlapping manner (6 to 10 inches), smoothly stroking from left to right, so you cover the surface completely.
STEP 7: Pressure Wash Driveway
If you applied the detergent with the wand, remove the “soap” tip and attach the 25-degree wand tip. Handling a pressure washer can be hard if you have not done it before. We recommend practicing your strokes in a small area of the driveway to make sure you are not too close to the concrete or surface. If you get too close, you will remove paint and sealers. If you simply want to use clean pressure to remove dirt and grime, make sure always to keep at least 8 inches from the surface.
NOTE: For paint preparation or pure concrete driveways, move slower and hold the wand at 3 to 5 inches from the concrete surface while overlapping each stroke by at least 6 inches.
STEP 8: Seal Concrete
In harsh weather like we have here in Miami, FL having a sealer on your driveway will make it last longer cleaned. Cleaning driveways was how we started our pressure cleaning company and can tell you that a waterproof sealant is key with South Florida’s constant rain and shine.
Place your waterproof sealer into the paint pan. Once you assemble your roller, attach the pole extender. Now, start applying the sealant from the middle outward to the edges of the concrete. Never park any cars on top of the driveway without letting the waterproof sealer dry for at least 24 hours. (Check weather to make sure next few days will be rain free)
Now you have finished, and we hope you learned how to pressure wash a driveway with our easy to follow the 8-step formula. Just remember to use a pressure washer you need to follow the standard safety rules to pressure washing. It is a physical task we do not recommend to be done by anyone who has any back problems.