Concrete and Masonry

Concrete Patios, Sidewalks and Driveways

Concrete Patios, Sidewalks and Driveways

Concrete Cleaning for Patios, Sidewalks & Driveways

Concrete can be one of the most challenging surfaces to clean. Concrete is very porous which allows dirt, tree sap and rust stains or actually mineral stains, to sink deep down making it almost impossible to clean with just soap and water.  You must use a commercial grade power washer and professional grade cleaners made for cleaning concrete in order to clean concrete effectively. So forget about using off-the-shelf cleaners and an inexpensive pressure washer, that is unless you really just need an excuse to play in the water all afternoon.

DrivewaySome other things to take into consideration when cleaning cement and driveways is the size of the areas that need to be cleaned and the time it will take to clean that large of an area. Typical driveways can run around 18′ x 30′ and escalate up to around 20′ x 80′ or more. That means you could be pressure washing concrete areas that are between 540 sf to more than 1600sf. Does power washing concrete still look like a fun-in-the-sun project?

Well, now that you know how much you have to clean, start figuring on how long it will take you with one of those cheap pressure washers that clean concrete somewhere in the neighborhood of one square foot per minute, and that’s with a professional grade concrete cleaner. This means you would spend about 9 hours without a break just to halfway clean a 18′ x 30′ driveway. It is starting to look like you better cancel all of your plans for that type of weekend project.

There is a much simpler way to get your driveway, walkways and sidewalk clean; just hire a professional concrete cleaning contractor that is equipped with the proper cleaning equipment and has the experience to do the work right. That would allow you to keep your plans and save you back from some long hours in the sun and or in our situation the rain!