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How to Clean An Exposed Aggregate Driveway


If you're lucky enough to have an exposed aggregate driveway, you know it's a beautiful feature of your home and yard. But if you don't keep up with regular maintenance, the stones could start to look dingy over time. That's why today we'll be teaching you how to clean an exposed aggregate driveway in three easy steps!

Check the Weather Forecast

When you want to start cleaning your driveway, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast. If it looks like it might rain that day and you're not in a big hurry for your driveway to be clean, wait until after the rain. If it doesn't look like rain is coming anytime soon but you have some time on your hands and want to do some work around the house anyway, then go ahead and start cleaning now!

If there's going to be an extended dry spell followed by hot weather, then make sure that you get started with this task before things get too hot for effective cleaning methods (i.e., water pressure).

Remove Any Objects

Before you begin cleaning your driveway, you must remove any objects that may be in the way. This includes small items such as toys and plants, as well as furniture and other large items. The pressure washer spray can damage these items if they're still in place during cleaning.

You should also remove any shrubs or trees before starting to wash the concrete drive with water. It's best to move these large plants so that they are not damaged by the pressure of water blasting away dirt and grime from your driveway's surface.

Apply Pressure-Washing Chemicals

Once you have a pressure washer, you can use it to apply the chemicals. Read the instructions on the product label and make sure to wear protective clothing and eye protection. Gloves are recommended as well. Using a sprayer is another option that will help get rid of any stains or build-up in an exposed aggregate driveway.

Start Pressure Washing

The first step in cleaning an exposed aggregate driveway is to start pressure washing. Start at the top and work your way down, using a low-pressure setting to avoid damaging the drive. If you want to remove tough stains like dirt or oil, use a high-pressure setting with an appropriate cleaning solution. Just make sure not to use too much water; running out of water is one of the quickest ways to damage this type of driveway!

The second step is starting scrubbing with a stiff broom made from hard bristles and working it into any cracks or crevices between each stone that might have been missed during washing. This will allow you to get any lingering debris off without damaging your new driveway surface with harsh chemicals

Rinse the Driveway With Fresh Water

You don't have to rinse the driveway with acid to clean it, but you have to rinse it with fresh water. Rinsing the driveway is necessary because you can't see all of the dirt, oil, and grime that remains on your exposed aggregate driveway after washing. The rinsing helps remove anything left behind by your power washer or pressure washer, which will help keep your new concrete drive safe from future damage caused by these substances.

You want to use a hose equipped with a spray nozzle that comes in different sizes and shapes so that you can adjust how much water goes into each part of your driveway as needed. Don't use too much pressure when spraying—you're just trying to get off residue that may be left over from previous cleaning efforts—and don't use more than half an inch of water at a time; just enough so that what's being sprayed has no choice but to run back down into the ground below where it belongs! For best results, follow up this step by spraying again using plain warm water (without any soap or chemicals).

Use a Broom

Once you've used the pressure washer to remove dirt from the exposed aggregate, use a broom to remove any residue left behind. This can be done by hand or with one of these handy brooms for sale on Amazon.

  • Don't use your broom on a hot day! The heat will cause the bristles of your broom to bend and warp so that they aren't as effective at sweeping away dirt.

  • Avoid using your broom in windy conditions—the same goes for using it in snowy weather, as well. When the wind blows across an exposed aggregate driveway, it creates those little sand drifts that can be annoying when they build up around your house or garage door opener mechanism (or whatever else is outside).

It's essential to clean your exposed aggregate driveway regularly.

You should clean your exposed aggregate driveway at least once a year. This will help to remove dirt and grime that can accumulate on the surface of the stones. The best way to clean your exposed aggregate driveway is by pressure washing it with a hose or using an automatic power washer.

Pressure washing is the most effective way of cleaning an exposed aggregate driveway because it removes dirt, stains, and other debris from in between each stone, as well as off of its surface. You can also use this method if you have light stains on some areas so long as they aren't too deep-seated within their pores (such as oil stains).


Cleaning an exposed aggregate driveway is important to keep the surface looking its best. The process may seem intimidating at first, but with these tips, you’ll be able to clean your exposed aggregate driveway with ease!

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