How to Clean a Patio with a Pressure Washer
We all know how important it is to keep our exterior décor in good condition. After all, your driveway, garden, patio, and other elements of your exterior décor setup are the first things people are going to see when they arrive at your home, and you want to be sure you make a good first impression. That means making sure that these areas are as clean as can be.
Unfortunately, as Portia in The Merchant of Venice points out, “If to do were as easy as to know what we're good to do,” the world would be a very different place indeed. Just because you know that you have to keep your patio clean doesn’t mean you have the time to spend scrubbing every last inch of it.
Thankfully, with a pressure washer, the whole job can go a lot faster. What’s more, a pressure washer can offer a deeper kind of clean than might be otherwise achievable via other means.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to clean a patio with a pressure washer.
First thing’s first – you aren’t going to want to blast your furnishings and other finery with a high-pressure blast of water. You, thus, need to remove all furniture and anything else that isn’t “pressure washer-friendly” from your patio area.
In addition, you are going to want to make sure that you protect yourself while washing. You don’t want the high-pressure blast of water to get anywhere near your eyes. It is, thus, of the utmost importance to wear protective eyewear. In addition, you’ll want to be sure that you are wearing clothes which allow for a decent range of movement and which you don’t mind getting wet.
Washing Your Patio
Now we’re ready to begin in earnest. You’ll want to decide ahead of time what you want cleaned. Pressure washers, as stated, can clean things more deeply and thoroughly than other washers. The consequence of this is that if you’re not careful, you can let that extra power get out of control and wind up with errant streams blasting into areas where that is not optimal. Petrol pressure washers are even more potent than standard models and should only be used for the toughest cleaning jobs, as well as exercising a great deal of caution when using one.
For example, unless you’re a professional or your windows are made of plexiglass or something similarly sturdy, you should never pressure wash your window, lest you accidentally crack or shatter them.
For your patio itself, you’ll want to be sure to apply detergent directly to the surface you wish to clean. If you try and apply it in the middle of your cleaning process, you’ll be met with a rude surprise and wind up with less a clean patio than water blasting detergent everywhere but the area in which you want it applied. You’ll thus need to plan out ahead of time what you want to wash.
You’ll want to hold the pressure washer in front of you at a downward angle, with the nozzle pointing directly at the area you wish to clean. Move the pressure washer up and down in a straight line, taking care to hit each area. The burst should be tightly concentrated, so you’ll need time to clean the whole patio. If you want things to go a bit quicker, you can attach a broom attachment, which can create a wider spray.
Above all, you want to remember that for as quickly as a pressure washer can clean an area, you still need to remember that it isn’t magic, and will thus take time to get right. That said, a pressure washer is still a lot faster and provides a deeper clean than many alternatives. Used properly, it can be a highly effective way to keep your patio and exterior décor clean.