The Do’s & Don’ts of Pressure Washing Your Block Paving

Residential Pressure Washing
Like most people, you probably don’t think about pressure washing your block paving very often. However, if you want to keep it looking its best, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough cleaning every now and then. In this blog post, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of pressure washing block paving. We will also provide some tips on how to get the job done properly. So if you’re ready to give your block paving a fresh start, keep reading!

The do’s of pressure washing block paving

There are some things to keep in mind when looking to pressure wash your block paving. If you follow these simple rules and guidelines, then you’ll be able to pressure wash your block paving as efficiently and as safely as possible:

Do use your pressure washer at an angle

Pressure washing your block paving is a stress-free way to make it look as good as the day it was laid. But to avoid damaging the bricks, make sure you use your pressure washer at an angle if you are using the wand attachment.

Do remove weeds before pressure washing your block paving

Removing weeds and moss before you begin pressure washing will help you to achieve immaculate results by the time you come to pressure wash your block paving. Not only will it look clean and fresh but the absence of plant life will make it look tidy and well looked after.

Do prepare the area properly, including sweeping the area beforehand

Preparation is key to any job throughout the home, whether you’re decorating the inside or transforming the outside. Take the time to sweep away any dirt and debris, including stones and other similar materials. This will prevent them from being caught by the jet washer and flung up into windows, cars or even yourself.

Do work inwards

This will help to ensure you’re not overworking one area or spending energy going back over areas that you’ve already done. Start in one place and move down the block paving. This will also be handy for sweeping and draining away any excess water.

Do sweep the water down your nearest drain

There will be a lot of excess water around, so make sure that you’re sweeping it away as and when it’s being collected. This is particularly important when the water is dirty because you don’t want it to dry on your freshly-washed block paving.

Do apply cleaner before getting started

A specialist jet washing cleaner will help to lift dirt more easily. Where just the water stream will seem to be effective, it’s not actually cleansing the bricks whereas, as the name would suggest, a cleaner would. Do some research and pick up the most reasonably-priced product that’s got the best reviews and you’ll soon see a difference.

Do use a rotary head attachment to save time

Rotary heads on a pressure washer are a time-saver. They’re able to cover a larger area in comparison to a simple wand attachment, so make sure you have one of those handy. It might have come with your jet wash or, if not, you’ll have to go out and buy one, but they can be easily found in your local hardware store or garden centre.

The don’ts of pressure washing block paving

Just as there are some rules you should follow for pressure washing your block paving, there are some things you should avoid if you want to ensure safety and prevent damage to your house, car or other possessions. Here are the don’ts of pressure washing your driveway:

Don’t remove the sand between the block paving

Block paving is laid on sand in order to prevent weeds, grass and other plant life from protruding up through the paving. This is because it can look unsightly and you don’t want those plants to take the moisture out of the ground below as this could lead to uneven bricks over time. Make sure you don’t take too much of the sand out whilst pressure washing block paving. If you do, be sure to push sand back into it. Fine sand is needed for this and it can be bought at your local hardware shop.

Don’t pressure wash block paving too often

It can be very satisfying looking at clean, fresh block paving, which means it can be tempting to do it regularly. Don’t do it too often because it could cause permanent damage or scarring on your brickwork. It may also take the colour out of the bricks, exposing its natural colour underneath. Usually, pressure washing is done once a year.

Don’t pressure wash block paving with plant pots or stones nearby

We’ve already touched on this, but make sure that all stones and pebbles have been cleared away from the area before you start the pressure washing process. The same also goes for plant pots because they can break quite easily if caught by the water stream, depending on the pressure you have the washer one, of course.

Don’t pressure wash block paving with a car on the driveway

This is imperative if you want to keep your car intact. Where you have probably made an effort to remove all stones from the area, there are bound to be some in the vicinity. If these are picked up by the jet wash, then it could fling up and hit your car, whether it be the body or the windows, leaving you with a large repair bill. Be safe and park your car somewhere else for the time being.

Don’t let dirty water pool and sit for any length of time

If you let dirty water gather and pool in one area and it subsequently dries, you’ll find that you’ll still have a particularly dirty patch of block paving. Prevent this from happening by sweeping the water away, down the nearest drain.

More tips for pressure washing block paving

Here are a few other things you should keep in mind when pressure washing your block paving:

Use the correct pressure

One of the most important things to remember when pressure washing your block paving is to use the correct amount of pressure. Too much pressure can damage the paving, while not enough pressure will not remove all the dirt and grime.

If you’re unsure about how much pressure to use, it’s always better to start with a lower setting. You can always increase the pressure if necessary. Another thing you should do is check the manufacturer’s guide for more information.

Use the pressure washer in a back and forth motion

Move the pressure washer in a back and forth motion, rather than up and down. This will help to prevent streaking and ensure that all the dirt is removed. If you’re using a chemical cleaner, make sure to follow the instructions on the label carefully. This will help you avoid damaging your block paving.

Rinse off the water with clean water, using a hose pipe

Once you’re finished pressure washing, it’s important to rinse off any remaining cleaner with clean water. You don’t want to leave any residue behind, as this can cause dirt to build up in the future. Once you’re done, your block paving should look good as new.


Total Pressure Cleaning has a dedicated team of specialists at the helm of our operations. We can clean and weather seal your block paving, whether it be a driveway, path or otherwise. Take the time and effort out of cleaning your block paving by looking to our team of professionals to pressure washer your paving for you. For more information, get in touch with us today – we’re always happy to hear from you.