Almost every home has a certain amount of cement areas needing pressure washing. Your driveway, walkways and patio take a lot of abuse from your cars driving on them, kids playing around them and environmental factors such as dirt, pollution, salt grease oil and mildew. Thankfully, a good pressure washing can go a long way towards keeping your driveway looking presentable. Follow these steps for to keep the concrete areas around your home looking great!
Closely follow all safety procedures outlined in your owners manual. NEVER point the pressure washer gun at anyone! Please keep all children away from the project you are about to clean- pressure washers are powerful tools than can cut into the skin as easily as they remove dirt from stubborn job. Wear all safety equipment outlined in your owner’s manual, including eye and hearing protection. As always Pressure Washing Winter Springs does not assume any liability for the use of any pressure washers.
As with any project, first get a feel for your pressure washer, learning how it works and getting a feel for working with the force of pressure against you. It may seem like many of the instructions tell you not to do this or that when using your pressure washer, but knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Quite frankly, it can mean the difference between quickly and easily finish your project and a ruined, driveway patio or walkway and even a trip to the hospital. The power of pressure washers should be respected and used correctly. Always have both hands on the gun-its safer and you have much better control.
First Steps to Concrete Pressure Washing
Before you begin cleaning you’ll want to remove any items from the area that you’ll be pressure washing. Park vehicles as FAR AWAY as possible (across or down the street or even in the garage).
You’ll probably notice areas that need attention- oil spots, grease or other stains and spills. It may help to pre-treat these areas. How? You may use sawdust or cat litter to soak up oil and grease spill. You may also want to use a heavy duty degreaser. If applied through your pressure washer, it must be made to work with pressure washers. Different type of pressure washing with friendly degreasers can be located at you local home improvement warehouse. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how long the degreaser should remain on the surface before pressure washing.
Pressure Cleaning Concrete Areas
Follow up your first steps by pressure cleaning the entire area with high pressure spray. Keep the tip of your pressure washer an even distance from the concrete area you’re cleaning and use smooth, overlapping strokes to clean the concrete.
You’re driveway, walkway and patio will soon be looking nice and clean!