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How much does pressure cleaning cost?

13th Jul '20 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Pressure cleaning is ideal for removing all sorts of dirt, grime and mold. But how much does it cost and what’s involved in the process?

High pressure cleaning involves cleaning surfaces and objects using the power of water and pressure. It is the most efficient and economical method used for cleaning a large surface area such as the entire exterior of a house, the roof, or the driveway, to name a few. If you want to clean almost any large surface area outside your house, high-pressure cleaning is usually the best and most cost-effective way to do it. You can rent pressure cleaning equipment from a local equipment hire shop, but there are many advantages to hiring professional pressure cleaning service.

How much does pressure cleaning cost?

The cost for pressure cleaning is broken down into time involved, materials used and area cleaned. Normally, cleaning companies charge by the size of the area. On average, for a 50m2 driveway, you should expect to pay around $200 to have the surface cleaned. The cost breakdown for high-pressure cleaning is $150 for 1 - 30 m2, $180 for 40 m2, $200 for 50 m2 and $325 for 100 m2. Price also depends on the area to be cleaned: $180 - $200 for a driveway, $170 for patio paving and $300 for the exterior of your home.

man pressure cleaning the deck

Types of equipment required for pressure cleaning

  • Water supply
  • Pressure washer machine
  • Chemicals/detergent (optional)
  • Safety equipment
  • Protective clothing

Other equipment required depends on the type of area cleaned and includes:

  • Brushes
  • Ladder
  • Protective sheeting 

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Why hire a professional pressure cleaning service

Pressure cleaning actually involves a great deal more skill than expected. Different surfaces require different water pressures and cleaning techniques. What might work fine on a grimy concrete driveway, for instance, may strip the paint off of your house. Keep in mind using the wrong pressure on certain surfaces can seriously damage your property (e.g. car, painted areas etc). Professionals will not only have the right equipment but also have the right technique required. Cleaning agents are also needed in pressure cleaning. Using the wrong cleaning agent can not only damage the environment but also make the cleaning job ineffective. In addition to water pressure, cleaning agents are used in pressure cleaning. 
High pressure cleaning can be turned into a DIY job by renting or buying a pressure cleaning machine. Renting a machine can cost around $150 per day. This is especially handy if you have several areas to clean. It's not uncommon, for instance, for a DIY pressure cleaning job to result in a clean footpath, but a brown lawn that's been killed by a harsh detergent. If you’re not sure what pressure to use, avoid any unnecessary accidents or damage by asking a professional. Also, if your roof needs cleaning, there is no other substitute for a professional pressure cleaning company. Once the roof becomes wet, it gets slippery even more after using cleaning agents. This can be really risky for a DIY job. Only professional roof cleaners have the equipment and experience to clean roofs safely and effectively.

pressure cleaning with equipment

Cost of professional pressure cleaning

Like other trade professionals, pressure cleaning professionals base their rates on their time and materials, and also your region. In most cases, they charge by the square metre, with different charges applying to different surfaces. High pressure cleaning services have an average rate of $50/hr. However, you can expect varying prices as different factors affect the final cost of the job. This means that high pressure cleaning prices can range from around $40/hr to $65/hr. 

Quotes can differ from region to region, but the average cost is as follows - 

  • $150 for 1-30 square metres
  • $180 for 40 square metres
  • $200 for 50 square metres
  • $325 for 100 square metres

The price also depends on the area to be cleaned. As a rough guide expect to pay:

  • $180 - $200 for a driveway
  • $170 for patio paving
  • $300 for the exterior of your home

However, some areas and surfaces might require special services and may be time consuming to clean. A roof, for example, would require safety equipment (ladder, harness etc) and therefore cost slightly more. The best way to determine the exact cost for your pressure cleaning project is to get at least 3 quotes from local professionals.

man pressure cleaning roof

Hire the right tradie for you

When you are hiring a pressure cleaning professional, make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:

  • What range of services do you provide?
  • Do you hold valid insurance?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?

Get 3 free quotes from local professionals today and be sure to interview potential candidates thoroughly, and view some of their work if possible. At, we verify businesses in order to assist our clients so that they can see which business has been recommended. The prices above are just a guide and subject to the time the article was made, if you want an accurate and up to date price, get up to 3 quotes from local pressure cleaners today.

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