Learn how to pressure wash your driveway with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Oil, salt, gas and grease can all stain your once-pristine driveway. One way to get rid of years of stains is to pressure wash your driveway. With a pressure washer and the right safety gear, you can easily clean off the concrete. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to walk you through it.
How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway
Step 1: Prepare driveway and surrounding area
Clean up any dirt and debris on the concrete with a large push broom. If your driveway is close to any walls, doors or anything that could be damaged by missed debris, cover everything up with tarps and painter’s tape. The tarps should protect the finish.
Step 2: Degrease driveway surface
Next, degrease the concrete surface. Degreaser helps break up any stubborn stains on your driveway. Some pressure washers include an attachment tool that you can use to degrease. If not, you’ll need to scrub the concrete with a push broom or a stiff brush.
Step 3: Prepare pressure washer
Once you’ve used degreaser on your driveway, prepare your pressure washer. Make sure the pressure washer has the right tip for washing–you can always consult your owner’s manual if you’re unsure. After you have the right tip, attach the spray wand to the pressure washer with a pressure hose. The water supply will come from your garden hose. Each model of pressure washer is different, so always follow the instructions in the manual.
Step 4: Clean concrete with detergent
After your pressure washer is loaded with detergent, put on your safety gear. Wear safety rubber gloves, eye protection and rubber boots to protect yourself from any debris and detergent. Start at the highest end so the water flows down the driveway. Point the sprayer wand–at a low setting–at the concrete surface, and sweep back and forth with the detergent. Be sure to overlap each stroke of detergent by 5 – 8 inches. Once the driveway is covered, let the detergent sit for 10 – 25 minutes–don’t let the detergent dry up.
Step 5: Rinse concrete
Now it’s time to rinse off the detergent. Switch to a high-pressure wand tip and use the rinse mode setting on your washer. Repeat the same pattern that you used to apply the detergent. This will wash away the detergent and any stains on your driveway. With heavier stains, slowly overlap the sweeps closer together. This will put more pressure on the stains.
Step 6: Seal concrete
Once your driveway is dried off, seal the driveway to deter any future stains. Apply concrete sealer with an extended paint roller, and follow any directions on the sealer. Once you’ve applied the sealer, wait 24 hours to use the driveway. For more in-depth look at sealing your driveway, view our how-to project.
That’s it! For more how-to’s and DIY projects, visit our Home Maintenance blog.