Pressure Washing 101

Pressure Washing 101

Pressure washers, one of me top 5 favorite power tools evah!  It makes everything old and dingy, new and shiny again.  It’s addictive, habit forming, and if you continue pressure washing for more than 8 hours, you may want to consult a physician.   If you are new to power tools, the pressure washer may look intimidating (it did to me at first) but if you can start a lawn mower and work a hose, then you can run a pressure washer.  Let me break it down for you.

1.  Buy, borrow, or rent a pressure washer.  They will run you around $50-100 a day to rent, or you can purchase one for $275 on up.  I saw a sweet one at Costco this weekend for $299 and it had all the bells and whistles a do it yourselfer would need.  If you own a home and prefer to do most of the upkeep yourself, this machine would be a wise investment.   If you just have a quick job to do and will never use it again, then rent or borrow.

2.  Bring the pressure washer home and hook the garden hose up to the pressure washer hose connector.

3.  Turn the On/Off switch to ‘On’.

4.  Pull the choke out.  Am I going to fast for you?  😉

5.  Pull the starter cord.

6.  Once the pressure washer has started up, let it run for a moment to warm up and then press the choke back in.

7.  Grab the spray nozzle and get to work.   Use a back and forth sweeping motion to clean the desired object.  The closer you hold the nozzle to the object, the more powerful the spray action is.  I learned this the hard way while washing my legs off with the sprayer.  Ouchie!

Today, my pressure washing project was our front stoop and aggregate concrete driveway.  In 14 years, I had never once pressure washed it and I was excited to see the results.  Sure, the concrete looked dirty to me, it had some stains, a few paint drops, but it didn’t look ‘THAT bad’, or so I thought.

Once I got started, I could not believe the amount of moss and crap that was nestled in between all the little rocks and nooks and crannies.  It was so built up, that I had to wash the whole driveway twice and a few areas 3 times, but the results were worth the time and effort.

The stains took a little more time and elbow grease but they too came up.

Like I said, pressure washing is habit forming.  Once I finished the driveway I decided to clean the house and the gutters.  After that, I realized the windows were now filthy from debris, so I cleaned those too.

Next, I decided to move to the backyard and do the aggregate walkway.  Which lead to me hosing off the playground, the pet igloo, and the deck.  In between, the kids were begging me to spray them down while they jumped on the trampoline.  What FUN!  As night began to fall, I grabbed a cocktail and gave my garden a good misting.  At which point, my husband came outside and told me he was sick and tired of hearing the pressure washer running and I needed to give it a rest.  Thank goodness he did, or I probably would have been out there all night.  Happy pressure washing!

2 thoughts on “Pressure Washing 101

  1. You are so right on! It makes everything old look new again. We borrow one once a year to refresh the house and driveway. Now I’m waiting for your “dyi” on backyard nightmares. 🙂

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