How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway

Erase years of wear and tear from your driveway in just a few simple steps with a pressure washer.

Driveway with a child's car after it has been power washed.

Refresh Your Driveway With a Power Wash

Materials Needed:

  • broom
  • stiff brush
  • pressure washer
  • pressure-washer detergent
  • bottle of spray degreaser
  • safety manual
  • safety gloves
  • plastic sheeting
  • painter’s tape
  • 50-ft. garden hose
  • paint tray
  • waterproof sealer
  • extender pole
  • roller cover
  • roller handle

Step 1: Sweep Surface

Clear debris and excess dirt or dust from surface using a broom.

Step 2: Protect Exterior Walls and Doors

Cover nearby exterior walls and doors with plastic sheeting and painter’s tape. This will protect doors and walls from loose debris as well as any accidental paint or stain removal from pressure washer.

Man covering window with plastic before power washing a driveway.

Protect Home's Exterior with Plastic Before Power Washing Driveway

Step 3: Read Safety Manual

Thoroughly read proper steps pertinent to your specific pressure washer. Each is different and may require special preparation, assembly or attachments.

Step 4: Degrease Surface

Ensure proper cleaning by spraying concrete with bottle of spray degreaser, keeping a distance of 6 inches from surface. Scrub degreaser into concrete using stiff brush or pressure-washer attachment tool.

Step 5: Attach Spray Wand Tip for Detergent

First, select tip designated for washing, often labeled “soap.” Then snap into place at head of spray wand.

Step 6: Attach Hoses

Connect supplied pressure-washer hose and wand to pressure washer. Next, attach 50-foot garden hose to pressure washer’s water supply, then turn on water.

Step 7: Prepare Pressure Washer for Detergent

Place detergent siphon tube, usually supplied with and attached to pressure washer, directly into detergent container. Once pressure washer is crank-started, tube will immediately bring detergent into water stream of spray wand.

Step 8: Spray Detergent

Protect hands with safety gloves, then apply detergent by holding down spray handle, keeping a consistent distance of 8 to 18 inches from concrete. Work your way back and forth in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 6 to 8 inches. Let sprayed detergent sit on surface for 5 minutes.

Step 9: Pressure-Wash Concrete

Change tip labeled “soap” to tip labeled “25 degree.” Pressure-wash concrete by holding down spray handle, working your way back and forth from one side of concrete surface to the other, overlapping each stroke by 6 to 8 inches. TIP: For tougher stains such as paint, hold tip 3 to 4 inches from concrete surface, moving with slower, nearly still strokes to ensure removal.

Step 10: Seal Concrete

Pour waterproof sealer into paint pan, add roller cover to roller handle, attach extender pole. Next, starting in the middle of area, roller waterproof sealer out from middle to all edges of concrete. Allow 24 hours before parking on surface.

Waterproof sealer in a paint pan with roller, on exterior concrete.

Power Wash Your Driveway: Applying Waterproof Sealer

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