Spring clean your driveway
Spring is here, and for many of us that means it’s time to start tidying up our outdoor spaces. You are busy with work and with kids and your driveway backyard patio or pool deck often takes second place when it comes to maintenance and cleaning duties. But this spring, why not give your outdoor area some extra love with the help of pressure washing? Pressure washing is the perfect solution to making sure your driveway looks its best while saving you time in the process! With just a few easy steps, you can transform that tired-looking space into an oasis that will be ready for all those backyard picnics and summer parties!
1. Understand the basics of pressure washing and its importance
Don't get to close to the surface you are looking to wash, the tips on the pressure washer are color coded. a red tip is the most powerful tip you can get and will rip up the surface if you are not careful. DO NOT use this anywhere near wood you will rip it to bits. A yellow tip will give you a strong wash great for removing gum etc but again quite a harsh tip. A white tip is your general-purpose tip, this can and should be used 90% of the time. Black tips are used for dispensing soap. The importance of pressure washing is to keep your areas clean and free from dirt and grime build-up.
2. Invest in the right pressure washer for your needs
You can choose from electric pressure washers for your car or gas pressure washers for your home. I would not recommend an electric one for your home as it will take you forever to wash anything and with very spotty results.
3. Gather the necessary safety gear, such as protective gloves and eyewear
You should always wear eyewear when pressure washing do to debris flying back up at you at a high rate of knots. Gloves are a good investment again if something flies up and hits your hand you are going to know about it.
4. Prepare your driveway for pressure washing by removing any debris or obstacles
First thing to do is to clear the driveway of debris, use your leaf blower and get everything off the drive ready for pressure washing.
5. Mix the cleaning solution with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions
You have several soaps to choose from Commercial pressure washers will have high-end soaps but if you are doing the job yourself go to any hardware store and they will have soap for the job you are going to undertake. From driveways to patio furniture to siding and brick, never power wash limestone.
6. Start pressure washing from one end of the driveway and work towards the other end
Usually, you will want to start on a sloped drive so the water is going to run away from you. Be aware though that it may collect at the end of the drive if you do not have sufficient drainage. In this case, invest in a floor squeegee to push the water away.
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