How to Pressure Wash a Concrete Driveway - Step By Step Walkthrough


Welcome back to another tutorial from the Lean and Mean Academy! Today, I’m sharing insights on the proper way to clean a driveway. Whether you're a homeowner or a cleaning professional, these tips will help you avoid common mistakes and achieve flawless results. And if you're looking for the best equipment, don't forget to check out Southeast Softwash for their 24" BE Whirl-A-Way Surface Cleaner.

A Day of Learning: The Drone Incident

Before diving into the cleaning process, here's a quick story. I decided to film the cleaning of my neighbor's driveway using my drone for some aerial footage. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned – my drone ended up wet and non-functional. But hey, that's part of the adventure!

Common Driveway Cleaning Mistakes

When cleaning driveways, many people make avoidable mistakes. Here are the most common ones:

  • Swirl Marks: Caused by moving the surface cleaner too fast.
  • Striping: Results from overlapping too much or inconsistent cleaning.

How to Clean a Driveway Like a Pro

  1. Pre-Treatment: Always pre-treat the driveway by downstreaming your house wash mix. This helps break down organic material and reduces the chances of striping and swirl marks.

  2. Surface Cleaning:

    • Speed and Steadiness: Move the surface cleaner at a consistent, slow pace to avoid swirl marks.
    • Minimize Overlap: Reduce overlapping to prevent striping. Treat the entire surface evenly.
  3. Water Management: Start cleaning from the highest point of the driveway, using gravity to assist with rinsing and water management.

  4. Rinsing: Depending on the driveway size and temperature, you might need to rinse before finishing the entire surface cleaning to prevent dirt from drying on the driveway.

  5. Post-Treatment: After surface cleaning, apply a post-treatment to brighten the concrete and eliminate any remaining organic material.

Equipment Matters

Investing in the right equipment can make a significant difference. The 24" BE Whirl-A-Way Surface Cleaner from Southeast Softwash is a great choice for efficient and effective driveway cleaning. It helps you cover more area quickly while ensuring a consistent clean.

The Result

After following these steps, I returned the next day to check the results. The driveway was spotless – no streaks, lines, or swirl marks. Our pre-treatment and post-treatment methods worked perfectly, leaving a beautifully clean driveway and a satisfied neighbor.


Cleaning a driveway properly requires the right techniques and equipment. Avoid common mistakes by moving slowly, minimizing overlap, and using pre- and post-treatments. For top-quality surface cleaners, be sure to check out Southeast Softwash.

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or want to share your driveway cleaning experiences, leave a comment below. And don't forget to check out our other tutorials for more professional cleaning tips.

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