Pressure Washing Part I: Cleaning Your Driveway in 7 Easy Steps


Cleaning the driveway may not be the top task on your list, but after months of exposure to the elements and vehicles, puddles of car oil and streaks of pollen can stain the surface and leave an unsightly appearance. That does nothing to compliment your beautiful, green lawn or hot new wheels. Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to get your driveway back into shape. We've outlined them in this first installment of our three-part pressure washing series.

Step 1: Determine if your driveway is sealed or unsealed. Sealer is normally placed onto concrete to reduce the risk of water damage and cracking, but it can also create more runoff which is harmful to your yard. Rust or oil stains are easier to remove on sealed concrete than on unsealed concrete. (If it's not sealed, check out this article about how to do it yourself).

Step 2: Sweep off any dirt and debris. Use a push broom to ensure that no extra sediment remains.

Step 3: Rinse your driveway with a coating of water.

Step 4: Break apart any tough stains with a stiff nylon brush. This helps the concentrate cleaner you'll use to soak into the concrete's pores and fully remove the stain.

Step 5: Apply Zep Commercial Driveway and Concrete Cleaner Concentrate. Use a pressure washer that has a chemical injector and apply the concentrate throughout the driveway with the injector nozzle.

Step 6: Let the concentrate soak for 10 minutes. This will give it time to break down all of the remaining dirt and stain particles.

Step 7: Re-wash your driveway. Use the "25 degree" tip of the pressure washer to spray off any remaining cleaner solution.

Following these easy steps to Clean Like A Pro™ and you will have a spotless driveway worthy of your great yard or cool car in no time. Stay tuned for the next installment of our series: Rejuvenating your deck and siding!


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