How to Clean Driveway with Pressure Washer
Cleaning your driveway is an essential chore that will save you time and headaches in the long run. Pressure washers are a great way to clean off dirt, debris, and grime from the surface of your driveway. With a little soap and water, you can make a quick job of it in a matter of minutes. If you have one at home, go ahead and give this trick a try! A pressure washer uses water under high pressure to remove dirt or stains on surfaces like concrete or brick. They come with different attachments for various tasks such as cleaning carpets or stripping paint off walls. The most popular use for them is washing driveways because they make short work of removing mud, tree sap, bird droppings or other substances that have accumulated on the surface. Most people use a pressure washer with a spray nozzle that has different settings for washing cars or sidewalks, but you can modify it to shoot out a powerful but narrow stream of water that’s just right for removing stubborn stains or grime from your driveway. In this blog we’ll be discussing how to clean driveway with pressure washer.
To clean your driveway with a pressure washer, start by parking your car somewhere else if possible. Storing your car in an enclosed garage will help keep mud and other debris off its paint job during the cleaning process. Remember to shut off the main valve first before hooking up the machine! Then find an outdoor spigot where there is plenty of open space to work without worrying about other objects getting wet. Next, attach the cold-water adapter to your house’s spigot to prevent water from heating up. Then attach the power washer using the other end of the adapter, making sure that it is secure. Slowly turn on the spigot valve and check for leaks around the connections. If everything looks good, turn up the main valve and pressurize the machine by turning its power switch in a counterclockwise direction. Don’t forget to wear safety glasses in case any pieces of dirt or debris get released into the air when you’re cleaning!
With your safety equipment in place, continue by setting the spray nozzle somewhere between 3 and 30 degrees off horizontal so it’s at a 45-degree angle relative to your driveway’s surface. Start at the top of your driveway and work your way down, using a sweeping motion to remove stains or grime that is obvious or even familiar to you. If there is any discoloration that looks lighter than the rest, concentrate on those areas for best results. It doesn’t hurt to lean against something stable if possible because this process will take a while depending on how large your driveway is! Once finished, shut off spray nozzle and adjust its setting back to 0 before turning off the main valve. Finally, detach the power washer from the house’s spigot and store them both wherever they are most convenient for you!
If you have time to spare this weekend, try cleaning your driveway with the power of a pressure washer. It’s easy to use and makes short work of most stains or dirt that accumulates on concrete over time. If you don’t have one, they are sold at home improvement stores for $100 or less so it is an investment worth considering! With springtime also comes roof damage due to ice dams, so keep that in mind when planning for spring repairs.
If you learn better from videos, check out this video on how to pressure wash your driveway!