Why do you want to consider concrete pressure washing? Because your neighbor just got a new one and it looks amazing in comparison? Because you want to increase your home’s curb appeal without spending $10,000? Because it just really annoys you that it’s worn and dirty each time you pull up in your car? Whatever your reason for wanting concrete pressure washing, you’re in the right place.
Here you will find out EXACTLY how to remove the mildew, grime, dirt and oil stains that over time damage it, return it to its former aesthetic glory increasing your home’s curb appeal (and dollar value,) and avoiding paying $10,000 for the look and function of a brand new driveway. Before jumping into a full blown do it yourself project, you should know there IS a proper way to pressure wash your concrete driveway.
A concrete pressure washer is one of the best machines for cleaning concrete in your Cape Coral, FL area. It comes in handy for cleaning concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios that are very dirty or have stubborn stains. You can rent or purchase a power washer and pressure wash the concrete driveway yourself, or hire a contractor who offers driveway pressure washing services and has commercial grade equipment to handle the job for you in half the time.
It seems obvious but it needs to be said: homeowners need to clear the area of kids toys, vehicles and other things that might get in the way of pressure washing. Get your cleaner ready by attaching the garden hose and the 25-degree nozzle. Now turn it on and give your driveway a once over to remove loose debris like pebbles, grass and any small tree leaves or branches.
Now is the time to apply detergent, but be sure to read your machine manual to know which are the recommended driveway cleaners and degreasers to use with your particular concrete power washer. Also be sure to attach the low pressure soaping nozzle to your sprayer at this stage. The soaping nozzle is designed to soak the driveway as opposed to blasting it clean.
Let the cleaning solution work its magic on the driveway for about five minutes before doing the proper pressure wash. Now that the detergent has broken down the driveway stains and tough grime, mildew and other dirt, it is ready to blast it all away. (A pressure washer surface cleaner attachment is the recommended method.) A surface cleaner attachment will complete the clean faster and better because it disperses the water over a larger area, not only reducing risk of concrete damage from high pressure, but also pulsing the flow to more readily “tear” the dirt and grime from the surface.
Depending on size and material (plastic or stainless steel) a surface cleaner can cost between $20 and $2000. A rotary nozzle does a similar thing to the water flow as a surface cleaner. It pulses and rotates the flow of water to greater push and peel the dirt and grime from the surface. Use one to remove the very stubborn stains and dirty areas. Guess what, your driveway should now be clean! It is ready for the final rinse to flush away the detergent, so attach the 25-degree nozzle to your spray wand and give it a thorough rinse.
Environmental Pollution – Be mindful of where all the runoff water you are using to clean your driveway is going. Most likely you do not live in an area with a sani-sewer, and it is more likely the water that enters the storm drain goes to your local stream. Would you like to pollute that stream with the chemicals and oil you are washing away from your driveway? You could push all the wash water to your lawn so it absorbs there, or you could block off the storm drain then let the water all evaporate then sweep up the solids (or vacuum it up.)
Safety – As always, with high pressure water comes risks to your safety. Using a surface cleaner reduces risk because it contains the jet stream within the unit. Be sure to wear safety goggles and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t back up into the road while concentrating on the edge of your driveway as cars might be coming down the road, and accidents do happen.
User Manual – Always read your concrete pressure washer manual to know how to properly use it. And especially to know what chemicals are safe to use in the detergent tank.
Your driveway takes a beating throughout the year because the wear and tear of this high traffic area is compounded by inclement weather like rain and snow. The surface of your concrete driveway should be a little rough as a rough surface maintains friction. Build ups of mold, mildew, and oily residue reduce that friction and make your driveway more slippery. Driveway pressure washing companies will remove these deposits and help to restore the surface of your concrete driveway to its original consistency.
All contaminants found on concrete surfaces such as mold, mildew, algae, oils and other substances pose numerous health and safety risks for you and your family. Concrete pressure washing your driveway will prevent harmful growths such as mold, mildew, algae, and moss. These growths can gradually eat away at your driveway surface, resulting in safety hazards and costly repairs down the road.
Concrete pressure washing cleans every pore of your driveway, eliminating these harmful growths and discouraging them from growing back. Your driveway is also susceptible to stains every day and naturally accumulates oil, mud, and dirt. One of your cars may even leak fluid, and parked service vehicles often drip. Stains adhere to the paving and need more than a good hosing down to remove effectively. If left untreated, these unsightly stains become harder to remove.
A professional concrete pressure washing in Cape Coral can get into every pore and break up oil and grime, leaving your concrete driveway sparkly clean. The best way to properly maintain your driveway is by concrete pressure washing!
Eternal Pressure Washing
Cape Coral, FL
Phone: (239) 785-3383