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Is it possible to pressure wash a resin driveway?

Can You Pressure Wash a Resin Driveway?

As with all driveways and outdoor surfaces, resin-bound paving can get pretty dirty over time. That’s why regular cleaning and careful maintenance is a must. Over the years, we’ve helped to care for resin bound driveways in various sizes and styles. As it turns out, a good jet wash might be just what you need.

All resin bound driveways need regular cleaning – and in this guide, we’ll take a look at the key question, can you pressure wash a resin surface?

Keep reading, and we’ll show you how to remove stains from a resin drive.

How To Clean Resin Driveways With A Pressure Wash

But more importantly, can you jet wash a resin drive and remove all stains and growths? It’s possible, but in some cases, you might need extra elbow grease and chemical treatments. Here’s our quick step by step guide to keeping your drive clean.

Step 1: Sweep down.

It’s crucial to get most of the surface debris on your resin-bound driveway up and away with a stiff broom. While you can use pressure washing to get surface nastiness up and away, brushing down your surface is a safer way to tackle some of the tougher marks without damaging your resin.

Resin-bound surfaces are, unfortunately, prey for moss growth, leaf debris, weeds, staining – you name them. A stiff brush is your first important ally in keeping things clean.

Step 2: Prepare.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using pressure to clean your resin-bound driveway, though care should be taken to avoid damage (more information below). Firstly, it’s important to choose a jet washer that will not apply too much pressure to a resin bound surface.

We’d generally recommend a washer with a max of around 150 bar. Any more than this, and you may damage the surface by accident. You should make sure to fill your unit with cool water before you start, too. Again, too much cold water or warm water may cause damage unnecessarily.

Step 3: Spray with care.

No less than 20cm away from the resin-bound surfacing. Any closer and – guess what – you’re going to damage the surface. On the whole, using a flat nozzle on resin surfaces tends to work best to spray water evenly. Otherwise, a fan attachment will work well.

You’ll need to gently move your jet washer nozzle up and down the driveway in sweeping motions, making sure that all of the surfaces is covered and that you’re giving an even, light wash without concentrating too much on one or more areas.

Step 4: Apply elbow grease (if necessary)

In some cases, there may be bits and pieces that remain on your drive that a jet washer system won’t get rid of. For example, chewing gum can be an absolute nightmare to deal with when stuck deep into a resin bound driveway.

However, before you clamour for bleach or abrasive solutions, consider using a freeze spray that’s suitable for resin surfaces. These are generally easy to find both online and at DIY retailers such as Screwfix.

Step 5: Take care of algae, moss and other nasties

The question customers are desperate to know the answer to, is can weeds grow through resin driveways?

The answer is not really and whether it’s a resin bound driveway, block paving, wooden decking or otherwise – natural nasties such as moss, weeds and algae can grow around the edges. Therefore, it makes sense to prevent moss growth and perennial weed regrowth with a suitable chemical.

Generally, you should make sure to apply a weed/moss prevention treatment upon installing your resin-bound system during the installation. Beyond that, look for a reputable weed killer and driveway cleaner – we’ve reviewed plenty for you to consider, and you may not even need to use anything as abrasive as a strong bleach solution. In any case, a resin driveway is likely to be highly resistant to chemicals.

Why A Resin Bound Surface Should Be Jet Washed

Resin-bound surfacing, go through a lot. Your resin drive is prone to get damaged not only by heavy objects, but it’s also subject to tyre marks, weeds, marks from metal objects, oil spillages and even weather damage.

Staining occurs from vehicles and grime, sand, soil, and other dirt that builds up over time. This can result in a resin surface losing its colour. While it’s not always possible to prevent tyre marks, weed growth and normal pedestrian traffic every hour of every day, there is still maintenance worth undertaking to keep your original surface looking great.

When you spread the load and gently wash down the surface of your resin-bound surface, it can help to keep nasty stains such as oil spills and tyre marks from sinking deep and getting ingrained.

There’s no ‘proper’ schedule you should stick to when subjecting your resin surface to a jet wash. However, it’s worth cleaning it down regularly – once every couple of weeks, for example. However, the amount you use your driveway and how you use it, of course, will dictate your cleaning frequency.

On top of this, take care to avoid dragging heavy objects such as gardening machinery across your resin; you should always use load-bearing planks. You should also be careful to avoid excessive pressure when jet washing to avoid loose stone dispersal.

It’s important that you consider what resin base you have as this will also affect the amount of pressure you can use. If the resin is overlayed on concrete or tarmac, you can find yourself having issues after only a few months of laying the surface.

What Else Can You Remove

Chewing gum

A real blight when trodden down by tyres and feet alike. It’s unsightly and annoying to remove, but with a freeze spray and a scraper, it’s possible.

Tyre marks

These are a common sight if you’re turning your steering wheel when your car’s parked or just stationary on your driveway.

Cement or concrete marks

Accidental splodges will quickly smear or even set – these can be removed using a solution of diluted hydrochloric acid or alternatively a proprietary cement remover.

Oil spills

Oil spills can actually loosen up your aggregate, and again, it’s a good idea to avoid twisting the wheel when stationary.

Snow

Snow and ice left to ingrain can make things slippery, Use a plastic snow shovel and take care to use rock salt to grit, and remove salt traces when done.

FAQ’s

Does a Resin Surface need Routine Cleaning?

Yes. Resin driveways can withstand a lot, but without regular cleaning, they can start to look unsightly. Not just that, but some marks and spillages, such as oil, could affect the stability of your aggregate.

How to Get Paint Off

Wash away recent emulsion spills with cold water – if already deep into the resin, use a stiff brush and detergent. For fresh oil paint, soak a cloth with white spirit and drain, then apply to the area before brush dabbing. Flush with detergent and cold water.

Last Word

Can you jet wash resin driveways? Yes – but care should be taken to ensure you don’t subject your surface to too much high powered cleaning. Otherwise, you’re at risk of doing severe damage.

While a low maintenance resin drive shouldn’t need too much attention, the only maintenance you should worry about is an occasional cold water wash or gentle blast with a garden hose. Do also make sure to invest in a trusted resin driveway cleaner if you need to get rid of algae, moss or other green growths.

About The Author

John, owner of Easigrass North East for seven years, has lived and breathed landscaping. He evolved from running a leading paving and landscaping business to influencing the industry through online publishing. His real-world experience and hands-on background inform his genuine, insightful guidance for others navigating this space.

Meet The Author - John

The former owner of Easigrass North East, a significant landscaping player known for leading successful paving and garden companies, is now sharing his expert insights.

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