Tips for Effective Driveway Cleaning

Pressure washing your driveway is a quick and effective way to clean up your home. It's also easier than you might think. You don't need to spend hours scrubbing away with a brush or bucket or hose—just grab the pressure washer and start blasting away! But if you want your driveway to last as long as possible, there are some things that you must consider before getting started.



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A hard working pressure washer can help you save time and maintain the cleanliness of your driveway with very little effort.

A pressure washer can save you time and money by allowing you to clean your driveway yourself. If you aren't sure how to use one, there are plenty of tutorials online that will show you exactly how to do it. If you don't have the time to learn how to use a pressure washer, hiring a professional like American Exteriors, is a perfect solution.


High pressure can damage your concrete.

While a pressure washer can be an effective tool for removing dirt, grime and other gunk from concrete, it's important to remember that the more pressure you use, the more likely you are to damage your driveway. The best way to avoid this problem is by using the right type of pressure washer along with low-pressure settings.

  • For example, if you have a large driveway or patio then you should use a gas-powered unit; electric models aren't strong enough for this kind of work.

  • Be sure to avoid high temperatures when cleaning your concrete—if possible, set it between 40°F and 60°F (4°C–16°C). This will help prevent cracks from forming as well as protect against discoloration due to heat damage.

  • Use cold water whenever possible because hot water can cause visible stains on new or freshly sealed concrete surfaces after drying out again later on down the road when temperatures rise again during summer months; however hot water may still be necessary if there's no other choice but using cold water would result in poor results due to lack of cleaning power!

Determine if cleaning chemicals are needed.

When you determine whether a driveway cleaning chemical is needed, it's important to remember that different types of stains require different types of cleaners. The most common type is oil and grease. These can be removed with degreasers or grease removers. If you have an unknown substance on your driveway that needs cleaning, go with a general cleaner and be sure to keep it off any plants in the area or pets who may walk through it (like dogs).


Use a low-pressure nozzle to rinse off any soap after it sits for awhile.

Use a low-pressure nozzle to rinse off any soap after it sits for awhile. A high pressure nozzle is not needed to just rinse off soap. Using a high pressure nozzle after pressure washing and soaping driveway isn't necessary.



Pressure washers are a great way to clean your driveway. They can also be used on other surfaces, such as siding and decks. However, pressure washers can damage your driveway if you don't use them properly. The tips above will help you get the most from this handy cleaning tool. If you want to get the best bang for your buck, we recommend hiring a professional. A professional will have the right chemicals and tools to clean your driveway in the most effective way. American Exteriors is has trusted professionals that are experienced and skilled in exterior cleaning.


Looking to get your driveway cleaned? Give American Exteriors a call at 704-964-2592!






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