Power Washing Porn: How to Make Your Driveway or Patio Look Brand New

Is your driveway or patio in need of a good scrubbing? Actually, has it needed it for a few years but you’ve been too overwhelmed and intimidated to grab one of those power washing machines and give it a go? Well, have no fear, because we’re breaking it down and simplifying the job for you today.

There could be mildew causing discoloration or even dirt and grease stains messing up your curbside appeal. So, it’s time to get it sparkling clean again! In just a couple of hours, you can take the outside of your home from blah to fab without too much trouble. Let’s have a look, shall we?

What Is Power Washing?

Firstly, pressure washing is the same as power washing so don’t be confused by the two. No matter which phrase is used – it’s referring to the same act.

Power washing is a high-powered hose, basically.

And it’s the easiest and quickest way to clean the outside of your home – from the siding to the driveway! You don’t even have to buy one of these machines, instead, you can find spots that offer them up as rentals (kind of like carpet cleaners).

Cleaning the Driveway

Large driveway ready to be power washed

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When it comes to the driveway, there’s a certain amount of prep involved.

What’s Needed to Begin

  • Broom
  • Pressure Washer
  • Cleaner/Degreaser/Washer Detergent
  • Hose
  • Driveway sealant
  • Paint roller, cover, and pan
  • Gloves
  • Tarp & masking tape

The Steps to Follow

First: Use the broom to get any loose items, dirt, or debris off the driveway. Sticks and the like will get in your way once the cleaning begins. Move cars, get furniture out of the way, remove toys, make sure everything is as tidy and clear as possible.

Second: Use the tarp and masking tape to cover any parts of the home that you want to avoid damage.

Third: Apply the degreaser if you chose to use it.

Fourth: Connect your power washer to the hose (instructions should be in the manual depending on the model you’re using.)

Fifth: Start out with the low-pressure nozzle (where your detergent will be) and start spraying the driveway. Start at one end and go towards the other (instead of beginning in the middle). Try to do this as evenly as possible.

Sixth: Allow the detergent to sit on your driveway for around 15 minutes. Be careful though, you don’t want it to dry. Afterward, start spraying with the high-pressure nozzle (the water) and try going in the same pattern, using the same strokes.

Seventh: Seal your driveway. This will help for the stains not to come back (at least not as quickly.) Allow the driveway to completely dry before you start the sealing process.

Eighth: You’ll apply your sealant just like paint. Nicely and evenly is the way to go.

Cleaning the Patio

Brick and stone patio

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Power washing your patio is very much like doing your driveway – especially if it’s a cement floor. You’ll follow along with the same steps – and make sure you don’t power wash stained wood – it’ll chip!

What’s great about your pressure washer is that it’ll also help clean off some of your patio furnitures such as plastic chairs and umbrellas.

What’s Needed to Begin

  • Broom
  • Pressure Washer
  • Cleaner/Washer Detergent
  • Hose
  • Gloves
  • Tarp & masking tape

The Steps to Follow

First: Use the broom to get any loose items, dirt, or debris off the patio Sticks and the like will get in your way once the cleaning begins. Get furniture out of the way, remove toys, make sure everything is as tidy and clear as possible – just like when you did the driveway.

Second: Use the tarp and masking tape to cover any parts of the home that you want to avoid damaging. Pay extra attention here, your patio is more likely to share space with the exterior of your home.

Third: Connect your power washer to the hose (instructions should be in the manual depending on the model you’re using.)

Fourth: Start out with the low-pressure nozzle (where your detergent will be) and start spraying the patio ground. Start at one end and go towards the other (instead of beginning in the middle). Try to do this as evenly as possible.

Fifth: Allow the detergent to sit on the patio surface for around 15 minutes. Afterward, start spraying with the high-pressure nozzle (the water) and try going in the same pattern, using the same strokes.

Seventh: Now it’s time to give attention to your patio furniture. Your umbrella can withstand the low pressure of the power washer but you could just spray this off with the hose instead.

Then, any plastic furniture that has some yucky stains, you can blast them and see the results instantly.

Quick Tips

  • It’s recommended that you power wash your concrete driveways at least once a year. The sealing especially will help you prevent any damages or cracks.
  • Wait around 24 hours before parking on a freshly sealed driveway.
  • DO NOT let your cleaner dry before rinsing.
  • Think about laying down tarps on your landscaping to avoid hurting the flowers, bushes, etc.
  • Stay away from windows, the pressure could break them.
  • Don’t spray yourself or others, the pressure can slice your skin.