All you other dads out there know that there are jobs that always fall to the man of the house, and cleaning the porch is one of them. If you’re anything like me, you’ll make sure that you get it done before the wife asks me to get out there and get scrubbing so that I can get extra brownie points – always handy when there’s a new power tool that I need to buy and I need a bargaining chip!
Unfortunately, recently I’ve been really letting the side down, and mildew and mold had really started to build up in the porch. Now, luckily, you couldn’t really tell from a distance, so my laziness hadn’t been noticed by anyone but me, but I could definitely see a nag coming on from the missus. It was definitely time to start cleaning!
What the wife doesn’t know, however, is that cleaning the porch is actually a breeze thanks to my brand new pressure washer. Using a pressure washer is definitely the quickest and easiest way to get all of that grime off your porch, patio or driveway and it’ll take you minutes rather than hours of manual labor. The best news is that the missus doesn’t know how speedy the job is, so I’ve got a great excuse to spend an hour or so out in the yard – a few minutes to clean the porch and then the rest of the time just sitting back in the sun reading the newspaper!
This is how I got my porch looking fabulous in minutes!
Step 1 – I ordered a brand new pressure washer! It was an electric model that I could plug into my outdoor outlets for easy access.
Step 2 – When my order arrived I assembled it (this was pretty easy thanks to the comprehensive instructions) and then chose the spray nozzle that is best for brick and concrete. It came with several different nozzles, but this was the right one for the job at hand.
Step 3 – I screwed the adapter onto the garden hose and clipped the other end to the pressure washer – easy as pie!
Step 4 – I attached the pressure washer hose to the gun, filled the detergent bottle with special pressure washing detergent and attached it to the pressure washer.
Step 5 – I sprayed detergent on all of the areas of the porch to be cleaned and left it to work for a while on the dirtiest areas.
Step 6 – After a few minutes I used the pressure washer to remove the dirt and detergent from all of the brick areas of the porch.
Step 7 – I switched the nozzles to the one for cleaning wood and cleaned the detergent off my porch columns, taking with it all of the gross mildew and mold that had accumulated during my laziness!
Step 8 – The porch looked as good as new, and all that was left to do was to disconnect the attachments of the pressure washer and put it away ready for next time!
If you’re ready to save a ton of time and get your porch looking great at the same time, here are my top tips for using a pressure washer.
Choose The Right Nozzle
Most pressure washers come with a variety of nozzles or tips and you need to choose the best one for your project. A smaller angle will be more powerful. Also check the nozzle is properly attached before you operate the gun or you could damage your property or even be injured.
Never use any chemicals that aren’t approved for use with pressure washers as they may not be eco-friendly and could damage the components inside the unit. After all, you just got your new toy, you don’t want to break it just yet!
Test The Power
Test how powerful your pressure washer is before using it on the item you want to clean. You don’t want to damage the object you’re cleaning!
Yes, I know from experience that using your new pressure washer is a lot of fun, but don’t get carried away and spray indiscriminately! Be thorough otherwise you’ll miss spots. Start at the top and work to the bottom so that every area is covered.