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As KMS said about sealing. This is more important now then ever. These tiny cracks that have
As KMS said careful with the power wash. Keep the wand away from the cement and keep it moving. Going to slow will speed up the cement removal process by eroding even more cement opening more cracks. You just want to remove the patina of soil off of the cement, nothing more.
Let it dry real well. Hot days are the best. Then follow the manufactures suggestions on how to apply their product. Going to a high end paint supplier, is the best place to purchase cement stains and paints. Stuff sold at the big box stores is ok, but the people who work there have no idea in most cased how to install it, or an understanding on how to fix any application issues should you have them.
I've been here for near 20 years ( Sept will be my 20th ) I look about and see a lot of change in these last two decades. I'm planning a trip back to Michigan with my daughters later this summer. I have not been back to the home state in ten years...I wondering how much have changed back there too.