Cleaning your patio and driveway can make a big difference to your property exterior, increasing its curb appeal and preventing your surfaces from being slippery. Within this pressure washing pricing guide, we’ll cover how much exactly the pressure washing costs, how to calculate your area and why you should hire a professional to handle it. 

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So if you:

  • want to clean your patio professionally and wondering if hiring someone is the right thing;
  • want to know how to calculate the square footage of the area;
  • want to know how much a professional pressure washing costs.

This article is just for you!

How much does pressure washing cost in the UK?

Jet washing prices are calculated, depending on the size of the area, and below we’ll help you with the exact way of how to measure it to get the right calculations. For example, a patio with a size of 50 square metres will cost you around £120, whereas the cost to have a small driveway cleaned is an average of £50. 

We charge £3 per square metre with a minimum charge of £50 for 20 sq.m. This means that any surface smaller than 20 sq.m. will be charged £50.

Note that there is no minimum charge when your pressure washing service is combined with gardening. If you book some of our gardening services, be it garden clearance or lawn mowing, we charge £3 per square meter, no matter how small the area is. 

We can clean any external hard surface:

  • Paved areas;
  • Concrete areas;
  • Patios made of natural stone, limestone, slabs;
  • Driveways;
  • Brick surfaces, including walls up to 2 metres;
  • Garden paths made of stone, terracotta, bricks, granite, or marble;
  • Wooden and composite deckings;
  • Fences – all type of fence panels;
  • Garden furniture;
  • Balconies – if there is drainage.

How to measure the area and estimate your pressure washing cost?

To find the square footage, measure the length and width of the area in metres and multiply the two numbers together. A laser distance measure works best, but you can use measure tape if you don’t have one. Once you calculate the area in square metres, multiply the number by whatever the price per square metre is. 

For example, if the rate by the square meter is £3 and your driveway is 10 meter in length and 5 meters in width, which makes 50m². When multiplied by £3 you get a grand total of £150, which is the amount you will pay. 

Generally, pressure washing prices are per square. That makes it easier to estimate the cost of jet washing a said surface of whatever size it is. Things may get a bit more complicated, when your hard-surface garden feature is of an irregular shape or we’re talking about cleaning your garden furniture. Worry not, however, as your service provider will still come up with a fair quote, based on the approximate size of your non-regular shaped patio or the time that would take them to pressure wash your garden table and chairs.

In addition, factors like the condition of your driveway or patio may also play a role in the price formation. Or in other words, an area that is badly affected by algae or full of weedlings, or a wall covered in hard-to-remove graffiti, may cost a bit more to wash, of course. 

To note here, visiting the property in person is always a better choice. That way we can see the site and job at hand and this way, evaluate the workload more correctly. We can also ask the customer if there is an additional area they want to be pressure washed.

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Why hire a professional to take care of your outdoor surfaces?

As with every cleaning process, pressure washing also has its specifics and techniques, and professionals spend a lot of time learning them. Different surfaces need a different kind of approach. Sometimes, too much pressure directed in the wrong way can completely damage the surface of your decking, fence or garden furniture. Pressure washing professionals will not strip away layers of your exteriors, exposing them to weathering, that’s for sure. On the contrary, they know how to pressure wash different types of patios, be it natural stone or limestone. They know the exact pressure needed and where and how the jet spray should be directed to. 

Pressure washing is not that simple as it seems to be. If the water is mixed with chemicals, and you don’t know the exact ratio, that can be quite harmful to the environment. How? Chemicals can easily find their way into nearby water sources and thus, adversely affecting Nature. If the professional pressure washer is experienced enough, he will need no detergents. With the right techniques, the pressurised water alone will do the trick.

Patio and driveway cleaning prices may not seem that high, but rather cost-effective, when you consider that you may end up having to repair the caused damage from a poor DIY pressure-washing job.

Takeaways:

  • Pressure washing improves your home’s curb appeal as it can help you clean all sorts of contaminants, such as bird droppings, paint, mould growth and algae.
  • Pressure washing can also help prevent accidents, such as slips and falls by making the surfaces non-slippery.
  • It can prevent repairs, as certain materials like brick may deteriorate if left unwashed over time.

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  • Last update: November 5, 2020

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