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Jet Washing Guide

Welcome to our jet washing guide


Using a jet washer to clean your patio or driveway can be a great way to remove weeds, dirt and moss properly. Therefore, we have compiled the ultimate jet washing guide to ensure you get it right and keep your patio and driveway looking their best.


Begin by sweeping.


Start by sweeping your patio or driveway to remove as much debris as possible. Otherwise, if you begin with the water, you risk stones and fragments flying everywhere. This could lead to damage to the jet wash, your windows and much more. Furthermore, without a sweep, you could displace loose debris and cause your patio to get dirty again quickly.


Choose the right equipment.


Always wear safety goggles or glasses when using a power washer on paving slabs at home. Flying stone fragments risk hurting your eyes or even potentially blinding you at worst. Do also wear safety gloves – again, flying debris can cut (and seriously) hurt you.


Furthermore, don't underestimate the power of a jet washer. No matter how careful you are, make sure you use waterproof clothing.


Give yourself a blank canvas.


When cleaning your driveway or patio you should remove anything that is not tied down. This includes patio furniture, plant pots, gazebo's and awnings.


Move or cover what you can out of the way before patio cleaning with a pressure washer. You’ll still need to clean the whole area when finished, it’s unavoidable, but by moving things there will be less to clean.


What is the right pressure?


Check your pressure on a small part of the patio or driveway first. Try to begin with a lower setting of around 1,200psi. Anything up to 2000psi should be suitable for cleaning the majority of patio and driveway surfaces.


In the event, your pressure is too high you run the risk of damaging the patio.


Getting your technique right.


If you’re going to use a jet washer cleaner, now’s the time to wet your patio and apply. This isn’t always essential but can help lift stubborn dirt and stains and protect from weather damage. Otherwise, fix your pressure to at least 1,200 and less than 2,300 PSI. Get your washer at a 45-degree angle, start a corner and sweep the spray across. Go easy on joints and lines while you sweep. If you use too high a pressure or the wrong technique, you could risk blasting sand out, causing stability issues later. Once you’ve finished cleaning with pressure washer tools, always switch off and disconnect your machine from the water mains. Then, turn it back on and pump the trigger to eliminate any warm water left in the machine. Leave your patio to dry – job done!


Do I need a surface cleaner?


You don’t have to use a detergent when power washing patio slabs, but you may find it breeds cleaner results when cleaning your decking or patio. Some manufacturers recommend specialist soap or detergent and the machines are fitted with a designated detergent chamber. However, providing you are careful with your cleaning power, warm water is always likely to deliver outstanding results.


Don't have the right equipment?


Founded in 2022 by Scott Mills and Ross Hogston. The Outdoor Maintenance Company brings together two award-winning businesses serving Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire. With state-of-the-art equipment, the Outdoor Maintenance team offer a high-quality, professional and reliable service. We offer patio and driveway cleaning at a high standard for a fair and reasonable price. For a no-obligation quote click here.

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