Can I pressure wash my driveway in winter?

Pressure Washing of Patio and Driveway in London

Here at Royal Stone Care, we’re often asked if people can (and indeed should) clean their driveways during the colder months.

The short answer is yes, you can, even as winter is doing its worst and temperatures start to plummet. (Which has already started to happen in the UK in recent weeks.) As long as you do so sensibly.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Store your pressure washer

    in a warm, dry place throughout the winter

  • Use the winter sunlight

    try and use your machine when there’s some direct light to heat the surfaces, even a little, making them quicker and easier to clean. For this reason, you’re probably better off waiting until afternoon to do the task.

  • Wrap up

    it may sound obvious, but wrap up to stay warm and protect yourself from water sprayed at high pressure. Think rubber boots or other sensible footwear, a hat, gloves and extra layers.

  • De-ice

    have salt or sand down so that your water doesn’t create an unwanted ice rink. Other possible ideas are calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, but be prepared in advance.

  • Up the temperature

    to reduce the chances of icing up

  • Go with the flow

    maintain a steady flow of water for as long as you’re working

Time to call the professionals?

If all that sounds a bit of a hassle, we can’t say we blame you.

And, more than at any other time of year, winter is probably when you most want to consider using a professional to do the job of pressure washing your driveway. That way, you can be sure it’s done safely and to a high standard, whatever the weather’s doing.

After all, you’ve no doubt taken other winter precautions, such as clearing the gutters and downpipes, so get your concrete outside areas properly cleaned too as well.

At Royal Stone Care, we’re trained specialists fully equipped with all the right kit for when it comes to pressure washing in London. Whether you need concrete floor repair or patio cleaning services, get in touch today about how we could help you keep your driveway spotless all winter long.