How much does driveway cleaning cost?

Price guide

$150 - $385

low

$150

median

$200

high

$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 per square metre typically costs $150 to $200. It usually involves power washing, as well as sealing. These processes 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.

Size of driveway

Time

Average cost

Small (1-30 m2)

4-5 hours

$150

Medium (40 m2)

6-7 hours

$180

Large (50 m2 to 100 m2)

7-8 hours

$200 to $325

a man cleaning a driveway

What affects driveway cleaning service costs?

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

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.

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.

Resanding

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

Location

If you live in populated cities, expect to pay $50 per hour. The rate is lower for homeowners in rural areas.

Clean driveway cost list from experts

For specific prices of materials, processes, and labour requirements, see the tables below:

Power washing according to size

Area size 

Job duration

Estimate cost

1 to 30 sqm

5-6 hours

$150

40 sqm

6-7 hours

$180

50 sqm

7-8 hours

$200

100 sqm

1-2 hours

$325


Additional costs

Job

Description

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

Window cleaning

Removes dirt and improves the look of your facade

$180 to $330

New security light

Brightens your driveway

$15 to $50

New garden fence

More protection for your property

$50 to $380

a woman cleaning a drivewayWhat are the benefits of power washing my driveway?

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.

Washing your driveway 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 kind of washer should I choose?

What’s the difference between pressure washing, jet washing, and power washing?

  • Pressure washers use cold water with high pressure to clean surfaces. They get rid of buildup and surface grease. 
  • Power washers use hot water to clean surfaces. They are beneficial if there are a lot of stains present.
  • Jet washers are similar to power washers; they use hot water to clean surfaces.

Can I power-wash my own driveway?

Of course! However, you might need special equipment. Using a less powerful machine will require extra time and effort. Before starting the cleaning process, remove the debris and loose dirt.

The cost of hiring a commercial pressure washer is $150 per day, depending on the project size. Aside from the washer, you need to buy safety gear, such as gloves, masks, and boots. These protect your body from the dirt and detergent in the air since a pressure washer is not your ordinary water hose.

Making driveway cleaning your DIY project can help you save money. If you don’t have the necessary tools, it's wise to work with an expert.

What processes are involved in driveway cleaning?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you gauge how difficult (or easy) it will be 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 is compact. 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

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. 

Price guide

$150 - $385

low

$150

median

$200

high

$385

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

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.

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.

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

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.

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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