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Firing up the pressure washer for something other than your car in most cases is a bit of a foreign concept for most people.

This is especially true when it comes to pressure washing something as seemingly meaningless as the concrete on your driveway, or even the walkway to your front door.

However, there are a number of reasons why it’s important not to overlook taking a few hours on the weekend to pressure wash your driveway/walkway. Or even hiring a company to do so for you.

1) Stain Removal

Let’s start with the obvious; concrete stains are ugly. If you have ever noticed black sections of concrete on the sidewalk or even on your own driveway, they probably haven’t struck you as something you would want to keep there.

These stains are caused by a buildup of dirt, grime, oil and a number of other things; concrete is obviously always exposed to the erosion of the outdoors, and overtime can really become an eyesore. Leaky car fluid can also be another culprit for a lot of driveway stains.

Taking some time yourself or hiring a company to take care of these stains not only will make your home look better, but also increase it’s’ property value in the process.

2) Improved Property Value

As aforementioned above, a brighter and all-around better-looking driveway and walkway make quite the difference among onlooking individuals looking to purchase a home. It’s simply one of those little things that adds a whole layer of glowing detail to your property.

Even if you are not looking to sell your home, having a clean looking house is always a plus just in general, especially when having guests over.

Also, laying sealant over driveway and walkway concrete is a great way to prevent stains in the first place. If you want to do this thorough power washing and cleaning will be required first.

3) Prevention of Weed and Mildew Growth

Finally, possibly the most important of the three, is the prevention of excess weed and mildew growth.

If your driveway has cracks, then there is no question as to why you shouldn’t be power washing your driveway. Cracks in concrete are the perfect spot for the deposition of seeds, bugs and other bacteria that can easily get out of hand if not dealt with.

Think of your home’s concrete as similar to your own skin. You take showers everyday right? (I hope) Well then do yourself a favor a take care of your driveway too, at least once every few months, you don’t want the stench of 20-year-old concrete that’s been sitting under multiple cars and being driven/walked on every day.