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Pressure Washing Services Price Guide - 2021

Average Price
£1.50 - £3 per sqm

What is the price of Pressure Washing?

In search of some intensive cleaning? Read our handy guide to find out how much your pressing washing team will charge for their services.

What is Pressure Washing?

Over time, stubborn dirt from pollution, algae and mud can form on the outside of your property, or any items that are stored outdoors. This can leave a very unsightly mess, bringing down the aesthetic appeal of your home or business. 

When it comes to cleaning surfaces such as concrete or fencing in particular, it’s often impossible to remove the dirt using traditional methods alone. This is where pressure washing is extremely useful, as not only does it make light work of the most stubborn stains, but can be completed relatively quickly too.

As the name suggests, pressure washing involves using water that is delivered at a high pressure, so that the force is enough to lift the dirt off. Pressure washing is suitable for a variety of surfaces including driveways, garage floors, concrete patios, tiled patios, fencing, decking, outdoor furniture, BBQs, boats, cars, trailers and more. 

Pressure washing is carried out using specialist equipment that is connected to your water supply. Using concentrated movements, pressure washing will instantly remove all of the debris from the surface, leaving it looking as good as new.

How much does Pressure Washing cost? 

The cost of pressure washing ranges between £1.50 and £3 per sqm across the UK. To price your job up, your contractor will base the cost on the size of the area that needs pressure washing. Or, they may give you a fixed fee for items such as fencing, boats, furniture etc. 

It’s good to note that a minimum charge usually applies for smaller jobs. This usually averages at around £45, though maybe slightly higher or lower depending on the going rate in your area.

cost of Pressure Washing
Average cost (per sqm)£2
Minimum cost (per sqm)£1.50
Maximum cost (per sqm)£3.50

When it comes to driveways specifically, there are some wider variations in price. Basic pressure washing can still be found between £1.50 and £3 per sqm. However, if you wish to accompany a driveway clean with resanding, mould spot treatment or sealing, then this could push the price up to anywhere as much as £6.50 per sqm.

What changes the price of Pressure Washing? 

The cost of pressure washing varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Type of item

  • Size of area

  • Type of pressure

  • Time

  • Location

Type of item

In general, pressure washing costs between £50 and £600 depending on the scope of the job. Though the type of item you wish to have pressure washed will also affect the price. One of the most common jobs is driveway cleaning. The cost averages at between £50 for small areas within a minimum callout charge applied, up to £350 for extremely large driveways that are 100 sqm in size. The good news is that this service doesn’t have to be done too regularly, and will make your driveway look as good as new, which is far cheaper than replacing it. More specialised pressure washing jobs include chewing gum removal, which is a lot more labour intensive. Expect to pay anywhere between £250 and £600 for this service.

Pressure Cleaning cost
Type of cleaningHighest average priceLowest average price
Chewing gum£600£250
Decking£195£75
Driveway£350£50
Fence£120£60
Graffiti £300£115
Gutter£250£100

Size of area

If you are not looking to have a specific item pressure washed (such as a car, boat, BBQ etc) then the area size is going to be the biggest aspect affecting the total cost. 

Your contractor will need to know the measurement of the area, which they will normally come out and estimate for you. The area size will be multiplied by the cost per square foot, which will give you the total cost before any add-on services, if applicable.

Type of pressure

Pressure washing can also include soft pressure washing, which is used on surfaces that are not suitable for more intense pressure, such as wood, metal and asphalt. Soft washing uses a dosing unit and a chemical called sodium hypochlorite. 

There may be a price variation between pressure washing and soft washing, with soft washing being slightly cheaper. However, soft washing isn’t suitable for driveway cleaning or any other brick or concrete surface. It’s also not suitable for chewing gum removal. Therefore, the initial reduced cost will not offer value for money, unless the right cleaning approach is used.

Time

Time can be a factor that affects the price for more detail orientated jobs such as gutter cleaning, especially if your gutters are heavily blocked. Or, if any of your materials also require repair work in addition to cleaning. 

The average pressure washing job takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the scope of the job. 

Location

Pressure washing companies have different operational costs, depending on where they are based. The level of competition in your area may also affect the cost, with remote areas seeing higher prices than more competitive areas with lots of pressure washing companies.

The average driveway size in the UK is around 60 sqm. Based on the typical cost of £1.50 to £3 per sqm, the North East is the cheapest place for pressure washing, at £90.

The most expensive area is London at £180, seen as most companies here charge the top end of £3 per sqm.

Pressure Washing costs in the UK
LocationAverage pressure washing cost
Midlands£110
London£180
North East£90
North West£100
South West£145

The true cost will depend on the type of item you are having pressure washed, as well as the size of the area. Discretionary costs may also be added where additional services are required, or if your driveway doesn’t mean the minimum size requirements.

Is it worth getting Pressure Washing?

Let’s face it - dirty looking driveways, walls, fencing and similar items aren’t a pretty sight. The magic of pressure washing is it involves very little effort yet produces superior results. Plus, the majority of regular cleaning products aren’t suitable for cleaning outdoor materials anyway, especially driveways. Even if they are it would take you hours, and be backbreaking work! On the other hand, pressure washing removes all of the hassle and fuss, while giving you the best possible finish. So yes, it’s worth it!  Find the best professional for the job on Bark today.

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