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Driveway Maintenance: How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your Driveway?

Because your driveway is constantly exposed to traffic and environmental elements like rain, sunlight, snow and ice, it is inevitable that dirt, gunk and stains will accumulate on its surface over time. This dirt and stains can very quickly make your driveway (especially concrete driveways) look dull, worn out and unkempt.

In addition to being an aesthetic issue which can dampen kerb appeal, the accumulation of grease and oil on the surface of your driveway can lead to serious (or permanent) damages if not addressed immediately. Untidy pavements are also more susceptible to algae, moss and mould growth which can lead to slipping hazards and irreversible discolouration.

Thankfully, there are several ways to prevent these issues while also ensuring that your driveway continues to look its best. One such way is professional pressure washing. Pressure washing can give your driveway a deep clean, and a refreshed look while also protecting it from the elements.

However, pressure washing isn’t something that should be done every day, which then brings us to the question, how often should you pressure wash your tarmac driveway? Read on to find out.

How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your Driveway? 

Just as the interior of your home needs to be kept clean, the exterior components (driveway and patios) of your home needs to be washed from time to time in order to maintain pristine conditions.

Cleaning professionals recommend having your driveway pressure washed at least once a year. The washing helps you get rid of grime buildup, sunbaked dirt and stubborn oil stains. It also makes routine cleaning between professional washes easier and much more manageable.

Although once a year is a rule of thumb, you can still schedule extra power washing if needed. For example, if you live in a place with high humidity and have a concrete driveway, scheduling bi-annual pressure washing can help prevent mildew and mould from taking over your driveway.

Some factors that can help you determine when to pressure wash your driveway include the following;

Location

Your driveway is an exterior surface that undergoes regular exposure to rain, snow, wind, sunlight, and ice which then causes it to easily and quickly deteriorate. This means that compared to indoor surfaces like garage floors which only need to be washed once in two years, your driveway will require more regular cleaning.

Traffic

For driveways that are subject to heavy traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians, scheduling frequent surface cleaning is advised.

Nearby Trees and Shrubs 

If your tarmac or resin driveway is surrounded by shrubs, plants and trees, you may need more frequent pressure washing to keep the dead leaves and other debris from causing permanent damage to its surface.

Sealing 

Sealing serves as an extra layer of protection for driveway surfaces. However, it does not remove the need for pressure washing. What it does is make washing more effective and easier.

What is the Best Time To Pressure Wash Your Driveway?

If you live in an area that experiences harsh winters, the ideal time to pressure wash your driveway is during spring. This is because it is a lot easier to clean your driveway surface when it isn’t covered in snow or ice. It will also be easier to clear out any debris left by the colder months. Concrete driveways should be power washed near the end of the summer to remove all stains and grease that have accumulated over the past months.

Regardless of the season, pressure washing should be done in the mornings so your driveway has enough time to dry before everyone comes back home from work or school. For winter months, pressure washing in the mornings prevents wastewater from freezing and causing hazards on your driveway at night.

Conclusion 

Pressure washing is a highly effective method of getting rid of blemishes, tough stains and dirt buildup on your driveway’s surface. It is a great way to keep your driveway clean and pristine. Pressure washing should be done at least once a year or as needed, and for the best outcome, hiring a professional cleaning service is always your best bet.