If you’re looking to power wash your Driveway, a Power Washer can make the job much easier and faster. At Miller Soft Wash, we use a 9 gpm pressure washer with a 20 inch walk behind surface cleaner to clean concrete. We also pretreat the concrete with an algaecide to ensure a better and longer-lasting clean.
However if you’re a homeowner looking to clean your driveway, you won’t need a commercial grade power washer like the one we use at Miller Soft Wash.
Instead, you can purchase a power washer from a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Menards. These stores offer a variety of pressure washers at different price points and with different features, so be sure to do your research to find one that meets your needs and budget.
Keep in mind that even a smaller power washer can still be effective in cleaning your driveway, especially if you pretreat the area with an algaecide as we do at Miller Soft Wash. Remember to always follow safety precautions when using a power washer, and don’t hesitate to contact a professional if you need assistance with your driveway cleaning needs.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to power wash your driveway.
1. Gather Supplies
To start, you’ll need a pressure washer, surface cleaner, algaecide, safety goggles, gloves, and sturdy shoes. You’ll also need a broom to sweep the area and remove any debris.
2. Sweep the Area
Sweep the driveway to remove any loose debris, leaves, or twigs. This will prevent the pressure washer from getting clogged and ensure a more effective clean.
3. Apply Algaecide
Apply the algaecide to the driveway, paying special attention to any areas with green or black stains. Allow the algaecide to sit for about 10-15 minutes before pressure washing.
Connect the pressure washer to a water source and turn it on. Make sure the nozzle is set to the appropriate pressure for your driveway. If you’re not sure, start with a lower pressure setting and work your way up as needed.
5. Use the Surface Cleaner
Attach the surface cleaner to the pressure washer and start cleaning the driveway. Move the surface cleaner in a back-and-forth motion, working in small sections at a time. Be sure to keep the surface cleaner level and at a consistent height to avoid leaving streaks.
Once you’ve cleaned the entire driveway with the surface cleaner, use the pressure washer nozzle to rinse the driveway. Start at one end and work your way to the other, making sure to rinse all areas thoroughly.
7. Check for any Remaining Stains
Check for any remaining stains or spots that may need additional cleaning. If necessary, use the pressure washer nozzle to spot clean these areas.
By following these steps, you can power wash your driveway with ease and achieve a clean and fresh look. Remember, it’s important to take safety precautions when using a pressure washer, so be sure to wear protective gear and follow all manufacturer instructions. At Miller Soft Wash, we prioritize safety and quality, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with your driveway cleaning needs.