Under Pressure: Pressure Washing Your Driveway

How to pressure wash your driveway like a pro

Every summer, no matter how neat and tidy you may be, debris begins to pile up on our driveway. Yes, there are the usual sticks and stones that accumulate, but far worse than that is the pollen!

Pollens stain your driveway, can be difficult to remove, and cause allergy problems. All in all, having pollen on your driveway is not a good thing.

So, what can you do to take care of the issue? The most effective way to remove pollen from your driveway is to use pressure washing to remove debris and get your space spic-and-span.

What Is Pressure Washing?

Before you agree to get started with pressure washing, you’re probably asking yourself what exactly that is. Pressure washing is just what it sounds like – using high pressure water flows to wash away debris.

Don’t confuse pressure washing with power washing, however. While they’re very similar, the two techniquest have their differences as well.

Pressure Washing Vs. Power Washing

What makes power washing and pressure washing different is the water temperature. With power washing, the high pressure water is heated to blast away more debris. Power washing is often used for removing sticky substances from driveways, such as gum, salt, and oil.

If you’re not able to heat the water, however, don’t fret! Pollen is typically blasted away with simple pressure washing.

Getting Started

To get to work on your driveway, you’ll need to first clear everything out of the way. Since pressure washing picks up loose materials, you don’t want these to fly around and become a hazard to you or your possessions.

If your driveway is close to the house or connected to walls or doors, you can protect them from the pressure washing by covering them with cardboard or painters tape.

Once your driveway is clear, you’ll want to figure out how your driveway slopes. Are there any natural drainage points? Do you have a storm drain system in place? Keep these factors in mind so that you can manage the water flow while you wash your driveway.

Degrease Your Drive

Now that your driveway is clear of loose debris, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Most driveways have tough stains on them, such as antifreeze and oil patches.

To help get oily, sticky substances off the driveway (particularly without the use of a power-washer), apply a degreaser to any sticky spots. Leave the chemicals for an hour or two to fully pull up the stain. After rinsing the spot, scrub into the area with a wire bristled brush.

You can dilute the degreaser for newer stains that don’t need as much elbow grease. Or, for particularly tough spots, use the degreaser at its full strength. Don’t be afraid to apply multiple coats.

Apply Detergent

Now that your driveway is debris-free and de-greased, you’re ready to get started! Apply detergent to the area and set up your pressure washer. You can use a low pressure nozzle on the pressure-washer to apply the detergent to the area.

Before you get to work rinsing the drive, let the detergent sit for about 15 minutes to fully take effect. Then, you can use your pressure washer to rinse away all remaining detergent.

As you can see, keeping your driveway pristine is easier than it seems! Here at Limitless Paving and Concrete, we know all the best types of driveways for making your home a high-end place to live. Give us a call to get yours today!

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