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Best Ways to Clean Concrete Driveways

Driveways should be kept clean with the appropriate tools using the best available methods. A clean and well maintained driveway is a source of happiness to the owner. They are the first point of contact for visitors. The value of a home with a clean driveway can not be underestimated, hence, another reason why your driveway has to be kept clean at all times.

In this article, we will look at the different driveways and the best ways to keep them clean.

Cleaning A Concrete Driveway

The bumpy surface of a concrete driveway creates a lot of spots for dirt, decaying leaves, oils and other rubbish to settle and stick onto the surface. Frequently washing the surface prevents those things from accumulating in the crack. Concrete is also a nearly porous surface, which means that anything that spills on the driveway can soak into the concrete, causing a deeper stain. Washing your driveway frequently helps to maintain your home’s appearance. When spills occur, especially car leakage, take care of them immediately before the liquid tests into the surface and stains.

Cleaning A Concrete Driveway With A Pressure Washer – Procedural Approach
Materials required are as listed below

  • Broom
  • Painter’s tape
  • Hard brush
  • 50-ft garden hose
  • Pressure washer
  • Paint tray
  • Pressure washer detergent
  • Waterproof sealer
  • Bottle of degreaser spray
  • Extender pole
  • Safety manual
  • Roller cover
  • Roller handle
  • Safety gloves
  • Plastic sheeting.

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  • Sweep surface – clear detritus and excess dirt and dust from the surface you want to clean using a broom.
  • Protect The exteriors – protect exterior walls, doors and windows with a plastic sheeting and painter’s tape. This will protect doors and windows from loose detritus as well as any accidental paint or stain removal from the pressure washer.
  • Read the safety manual properly – carefully read the right ways pertaining to your particular pressure washer. Every pressure washer is different and may need special preparation and attachment.
  • Degrease the surface – make sure that there is a proper cleaning by spraying the concrete driveway with a bottle of degreaser spray, keeping a distance of 6 inches from the surface. Scrub the degreaser into the concrete using a hard brush or pressure washer attachment tool.
  • Attached Hoses – connect supplied pressure washer hose and a wand to the pressure washer. After that, attach a 50ft garden hose to the pressure washer’s water supply, then turn on water.
  • Attach a spray wand tip for detergent – firstly, select a tip indicating washing, usually labelled as “soap”. Then snap into place at the head of the spray wand.
  • Spray Detergent – protect your hands with safety gloves, then apply detergent by holding down the spray handle, keeping a consistent distance of about 8 to 18 inches from the concrete driveway. Spray it to and fro in a smooth, well controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 6 to 8 inches. Let the sprayed detergent rest on the surface for about 5 minutes
  • Pressure-wash the concrete – change the tip labelled as “soap” to the tip labelled as “25 degree”. Pressure-wash the concrete by holding down spray handles, working your way to and fro from one side of the concrete surface to the other, overlapping each stroke by 6-8 inches. Tips; for a stronger stain such as paint, hold tip 3-4 inches from the concrete surface, moving with a slower motion, nearly still strokes to ensure removal.
  • Prepare the pressure washer for detergent – place detergent syphon tube, usually supplied with the solution and attached to the pressure washer, directly into the detergent container. Once the pressure washer is started, immediately, the tube will bring into the water stream of the spray wand.
  • Seal concrete – pour in waterproof sealer into paint pan, add roller cover to roller handle, attached extender pole. Next, start from the middle area, roll out a waterproof sealer from the middle to all edges of concrete. Allow to dry for a whole day before parking on the surface.

How To Clean A Concrete Driveway Without A Pressure Washer

Concrete driveway become an attraction for oil spills, mud and layers of thick debris. The concrete absorbs stains so that even regular rain or rinse of water do not get it very neat. However, a pressure washer provides a fast and reliable way to the worst stains, you can still clean your driveway without it. Scrubbing your driveway without a pressure washer practically takes a whole lot of time and more effort as well, but it only requires to be done once to twice in a year to keep your driveway looking neat.

Below are procedures for cleaning without the pressure washer.

Materials needed

  • Sawdust
  • Deck brush
  • Bucket
  • Garden hose
  • Washing soda
  • Broom
  • Dry dish detergent


  • Sprinkle a layer thick of sawdust or cat litter on any grease or oil stains. Allow the sawdust to stay in place for about 12-24 hours in order to absorb as much grease as possible. After the time must have elapsed, sweep the cat litter up and dispose of it properly.
  • Sweep the whole driveway to get rid of any dirty surface. Sweep out any cracks so the dirt does not move down the driveway when it is washed.
  • Spray the whole driveway with water using a garden hose sprayer.
  • Dissolve 2½ ounces of washing soda in a gallon of hot water. Or instead, sprinkle powdered detergent for dishwashing over the whole driveway.
  • Dip a deck brush into the hot washing soda water solution and scrub the driveway, re-soak the brush as often as required. If you make use of dishwashing detergent, dip the brush into the bucket of hot water and scrub the detergent into the surface.
  • Rinse the driveway with clean water after the surface must have been scrubbed thoroughly. Avoid rinsing the water into the garden areas as high concentration of the detergent can destroy the plant.

N/B; wash your driveway on cloudy days so the surface does not dry immediately. You can use Trisodium phosphate(tsp) cleaning agent for extremely dirty driveway, but be cautious because that is a harsh chemical that is more damaging to close-by-plants than detergent.

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Other Methods For Washing A Concrete Driveway

Soap And Water Method

For general cleaning, a simple concrete driveway cleaning agent made with soap and water normally works. Put a few splashes of dish soap in a dry big bucket and fill it up with water. Dip a hard scrub brush into the soapy water and scrub the driveway in a round-circular motion. Begin at the back of the driveway and scrub towards the street so the dirty water rushes off the driveway slope. Rinse the soapy water from the surface with a garden hose so it does not leave any spots or remnant dirt behind.

Power Washing Method

The high water pressure of a power washer effectively cleans few stains and most detritus from the concrete driveway. A fan tip that looks alike works best on a concrete driveway, hot water can improve the cleaning power of the pressure washer. Set the power washer on a low setting, do not exceed 2,500 psi. Begin at the back of the driveway and hold the wand at least 12 inches from the surface, move the wand side by side to clean the driveway. Power washer can be dangerous, therefore it should be used with caution. Do not point the washer to a person, this can cause injury, avoid holding the washer on a particular spot for more than 10 seconds as this can damage your concrete.

Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) Method

This chemical is a heavy-duty cleaner available at most hardware and home improvement stores. It has a degreaser effect , which makes it the finest chemical for cleaning driveway when you are dealing with oil spills and similar stains. It breaks up the oil, solvent and other stains to help remove them. Put on gloves and protective eyewear when working with TSP. Add a cup of the TSP to every gallon of hot water, use a garden sprayer to saturate the concrete driveway with the solution, and bring to sit for 15-20mins, then scrub the driveway with a hard brush. Rinse the surface with clean water from the garden hose. For deeper stains, create a thick paste with TSP and cornstarch or diatomaceous earth. The powdered components absorb the oil once the TSP breaks them up. Apply the paste to the stain and use a hard brush to apply it on the stains, bring it to rest until the paste drives out, then scrape it off with a putty knife and hose down or power wash the area.

Chloride Bleach Methods

This popular household product is not only for laundry, but can brighten up and clean your concrete driveway too. Mix a solution of a chloride bleach to a bucket of water. Pour the mixture into a garden sprayer and spray it on the driveway. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then scrub off with a hard scrub brush. Rinse clean with water from the garden hose. Bleach is a rough product, so put on rubber gloves and protective eyewear when cleaning concrete driveway areas with the product. And do not forget to put on some old clothing that can cover your arms and legs for this job.

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