10 Steps for a Pristine, Pressure-Washed Driveway

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

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Materials Needed:

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

Sweep Surface

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

Clear Surface of Driveway

Sweep Driveway Surface

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.

Cover Walls and Doors with Plastic

Protect Exterior Walls and Doors

Read Safety Manual

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

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.

Degrease Surface Before Pressure Washing

Degrease Concrete Surface Area

Attach Spray Wand Tip for Detergent

Select tip designated for washing, often labeled "soap," then snap into place at head of spray wand.

Attach Tip to Pressure Washer

Attach Spray Wand Tip For Detergent

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.

DIY Professional Pressure Washing

Pressure Wash Step 6: Attach Hoses

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.

Pressure Washer How To

Prepare Pressure Washer for Detergent

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.

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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.

Seal Concrete

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

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