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$150 - $385







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It’s not hard to see how your driveway can become very dirty. It might have moss and weeds because of neglect. Prevent further damage by keeping your driveway clean. Do you know what affects the cost of cleaning and sealing a driveway?

Driveway cleaning costs per square metre typically range from $150 to $200. The cleaning process usually involves power washing, as well as sealing. These keep your driveway functioning at its best. Power washing takes four to eight hours, depending on the size of your driveway. It can take four hours for a small area, with an average cost of $150.

Driveway cleaning price list

Size of driveway


Average cost

Small (1-30 m2)

4-5 hours


Medium (40 m2)

6-7 hours


Large (50 m2 to 100 m2)

7-8 hours

$200 to $325

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What factors affect driveway cleaning prices?

Here are the factors determining how much it costs to clean a driveway:

Driveway size

A single driveway is usually cheaper to clean and seal. Fees will go up for bigger ones, and ease of access will also affect the total cost. Your driveway might have difficult-to-clean areas, such as a narrow passageway or curve. A small driveway costs $150 to $180 to clean.

Driveway condition

Suppose your driveway has lots of weeds or is very dirty. In that case, it will cost more time and money. On the other hand, you don't need a big budget if you regularly clean your driveway.


Some driveways need paving or resanding because regular cleaning removes the sand foundation. And once it becomes unstable, the blocks will start moving and come off the ground.

Your location

How much does it cost to clean a driveway in Australia? If you live in a populated city, expect to pay $50 per hour for driveway cleaning. The rate is lower for homeowners in rural areas.

How much does it cost to pressure clean a driveway?

Area size 

Job duration

Estimate cost

1 to 30 sqm

5-6 hours


40 sqm

6-7 hours


50 sqm

7-8 hours


100 sqm

1-2 hours


What else can driveway cleaners do?



Labour costs

Sealing a driveway

Prevents water penetration and prolong the life of your driveway

$50 to $200

Installing a driveway gate

Adds security and beauty to your driveway

$1,500 to $3,000

Installing a new security light

Brightens your driveway

$15 to $50

a woman cleaning a drivewayReasons to have your driveway pressure cleaned

For one, it removes stubborn stains and grime and improves the appearance of your property, giving it a fresh, clean look. Second, it protects the integrity of your driveway, as algae and acidic grime can gradually erode your driveway.

See also: Driveway Paving Cost Guide

Having your driveway power washed also prevents potential accidents and injuries since cracked and pitted surfaces can cause trips and falling hazards. At the same time, grime and mildew cause slipping hazards. Cleaning also reduces the likelihood of weed and moss.

What machines do professionals use for driveway cleaning?

Taskers use three machines for cleaning driveways: pressure, jet, and power washers:

  1. Pressure washers use cold water with high pressure to clean surfaces. They get rid of buildup and surface grease. 
  2. Power washers use hot water to clean surfaces. They are beneficial if there are a lot of stains present.
  3. Jet washers are similar to power washers; they use hot water to clean surfaces.
See also: Pressure Washing Cost Guide

What processes are involved in driveway cleaning?

Professionals might do the following things to clean your driveway:

  • Remove loose debris and weeds
  • Soak the surface with a mixture of water and detergent
  • Pressure wash the whole area, especially the joints
  • Dry the driveway for a day or two.
  • Put kiln-dried sand on the surface and sweep it into the joints.
  • Use vibrating plates to compact the sand, remove the excess sand, and use a sealant spray
  • Dry the area for one to four hours. 
  • Check the surface and re-apply the sand in missed joints.
  • Apply another coat of sealant.

Driveway cleaning quotes from Taskers

Overall, driveway cleaning tasks cost $150 to $600 only, depending on the size of the driveway, its current condition, and more. Talk to a Tasker and list your requirements to get a more accurate quotation. 

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If your driveway is generally well-maintained, you can clean it yourself. Just use a liquid designed for its paving type. Renting a pressure washer also helps, but make sure you know how to use it correctly.

Your driveway specialist should have reviews you can read and evaluate. Some specialists also have a website or a social media account where you can view their past work. Ask for a written quote and see if additional tasks such as rubbish removal are part of their services. Don’t forget to ask if they have public liability insurance.

Hire a professional to do it at least once a year. Meanwhile, you can keep it tidy and clean yourself.

Do you have a concrete or brick driveway? If yes, you can power-wash your driveway since it is most likely durable. Does your driveway have loose features, such as gravel or crushed stone? Avoid pressure-washing your driveway since it can cause debris-related accidents. Seek advice from a local tradesperson if you are unsure.

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