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A person cleaning a driveway using a patio cleaning nozzle on a high-pressure washer

Overview

Algae and mould grow prolifically in the tropics because of wet season weather conditions. They can grow on your driveway and walkways, which become slippery and dangerous. With the right products and some know-how from us, getting rid of them is easy.

Steps

1Sweep the driveway

Before you start cleaning the driveway, use a broom to sweep away any leaves and debris. This will stop patches forming where the cleaner wasn't sprayed on the driveway.

A driveway that is covered in green algae

2Spray the chemical cleaner on the driveway

Before you start spraying the chemical cleaner, carefully read the instructions on the package. Put on your safety glasses and protective gloves. Starting at the bottom of the driveway, begin spraying the chemical cleaner onto it. Work your way to the top of the driveway spraying all over it with the cleaner. 

A person wearing protective gear spraying chemical cleaner on a driveway

3High-pressure clean the driveway

Change the nozzle on the high-pressure water cleaner to the patio cleaning nozzle. Connect the high-pressure cleaner to the garden hose. Start at the top of the driveway and slowly sweep your way across and down the entire driveway with the high-pressure cleaner. Depending on the size of the driveway, this might take some time but it's a job that shouldn't be rushed.

A person cleaning a driveway using a patio cleaning nozzle on a high-pressure washer

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.