Do you need to clean your driveway? Take a quick look at what I personally recommend using for scrubbing your driveway clean in this comprehensive review and analysis on pressure washer concrete scrubbing tools.
Best Pressure Washer Attachment
When you’re looking for the best pressure washer attachment for a driveway, then you’re going to want to look at something like this. This pressure washer surface cleaner is a multi-functional power washer attachment that works great on concrete and on driveways. It works by filtering incoming water into the brush heads which then rotate and clean the concrete. It measures a total of fifteen inches, which is quite large when it comes to these attachable heads.
This type of head would work well on a sidewalk, too. All you have to do is hook up a pressure washer to it, and sweep the sidewalk side to side as you go along. One pressure washer that works really well with this head is the Simpson MegaShot 3100PSI pressure washer. The Simpson Megashot has a huge amount of power behind it which allows it to put out enough pressure so that the head will work at maximum efficiency.
If you have a pressure washer with “quick connect” capabilities, then this attachment will fit and will work with your machine. If you don’t have quick connect capability on your washer, then you might want to avoid this one. Of course, if you look around, you will see all different brands of concrete scrubbers out there. There is one that is specifically designed for the Blue Clean and Karcher lines, but these are not all-purpose head and won’t work with every type of pressure washer.
This head piece only weighs about 4 pounds, making it very light. It won’t weigh you down when you’re trying to use it, so you’ll have a lot better control over it. Some attachments can be very heavy and as a result are hard to wield. Fortunately, this concrete cleaner does not have that problem.
Using an inexpensive attachment like this will save you a lot of money, especially when you compare it to the cost of a full sized floor cleaner. Floor cleaners can cost hundreds of dollars and are very heavy- you can get a lot of the same cleaning power with this easy to use attachment at a fraction of the cost.
If you have an aggregate driveway, then this pressure washer should work just fine on it. A lot of people have reported using this attachment successfully without causing any damage or upturning any of the stones in the driveway, which is great because not everyone has a solid concrete driveway.
Before you scrub the driveway, make sure that you hose it down to get all the stray rocks and extra debris off of the path as this debris could hurt the scrubber. The next thing that you want to do is scrub the driveway thoroughly. Lastly, you will want to rinse off the area afterward to get the soapy residue off of the driveway. The same rules apply if you are cleaning a sidewalk or on any other concrete surface. Be sure that the area is clear before you start working.
It also does very well on bricks- this head washer has the ability to clean in between the cracks in the bricks so that they get nice and clean the first time you go over them. Another great way to use this washer is vertically- you can put the head on a wall or another vertical surface with not problem as long as you keep it stable and firmly planted on the wall. This might be a little more challenging if you’re trying to clean siding because the siding has layers that might make it difficult to clean this way. Personally, I would try to use a wand in this situation.
Another benefit to using this head- you can do it yourself. You won’t have to hire a cleaning service to come out and clean it for you, which will honestly save you a ton of money. Cleaning services can sometimes charge hundreds of dollars depending on how large of a job you need them to complete. This way, you’ll save money and you’ll learn a lot about how to keep your driveway nice and clean. You also won’t need to clean too frequently, once a year would be more than enough to keep your driveway nice and clean.
The last thing that I want to mention is the fact that you will need a strong pressure washer with at least 2000 PSI to get the head cleaning at maximum efficiency. If you use a weaker pressure washer, then you’re going to be unsatisfied with the results that you get. Generally, the stronger the washer, the better your results are going to be.
Another type of attachment that you might want to consider getting for your pressure washer is a simple brush. There are spinning and oscillating brushes that can be attached to your washer which would be useful for cleaning in between very small cracks and other hard to clean areas on your driveway. Brushes would also work well on aggregate driveways which are comprised of many separate stones that can be a little harder to get as clean as a solid concrete driveway.
Another great way to make sure that your driveway is completely clean is to go back over it with the zero degree nozzle in areas that are harder for the scrubbing head to reach, such as the small strips around the edges of buildings and similar areas. This way, you can make sure that absolutely no dirt or grime is left behind before you put up your pressure washer. Again, try to use this head in the warmer months as it does not do as well on driveways that are frozen over. If you insist on using it anyway, you could always thaw out the driveway before you start, but it is much easier to clean a driveway when it is warmer outside.