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.

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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.

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