Do you ever feel under pressure constantly battling the elements to keep your garden clean? Forget manual scrubbing – blast away dirt, mud, and mildew easily with your pressure washer instead!
Even if you don’t own a pressure washer yourself, you can rent or even borrow one from a generous neighbour. If you’ve got any of the below chores on your gardening to-do list, they won’t be as easy without this appliance – no pressure!
Removing Mud from Garden Tools
Gardeners – heed our warning! Don’t put your tools away dirty or else they could rust and be ruined. A quick blast of water from the pressure washer whilst the mud and mulch on your tools is still wet is much easier than getting rid of hard, dry and caked-on mud at a later date. Dry the tools with an old rag before storing them and you’ve done your future self a huge favour.
Cleaning Patios & Decking
The great thing about washing patios and decking with a pressure washer is that you can immediately see the difference as soon as you start cleaning. Start from one corner and work outwards, as this will help to prevent the mud you’ve dislodged from washing over and drying onto clean areas. For the perfect finish, look into the specialist tools and detergents available to suit your specific type of patio.
Freshening Garden Furniture
Sunny weather certainly isn’t a guarantee here in the UK. We Brits are known for breaking out the shorts and the BBQ the moment the sun first appears from behind the clouds. Alfresco dining is great, but it can leave your garden furniture messy. Luckily, spilled food, pesky bird poop or lichen marring your patio chairs or garden bench is no match for a pressure washer.
Scrubbing Swimming Pools
This tip isn’t for everyone as not everyone has a pool. And if this does apply to you, we admit that we’re kind of envious… but jealousy aside, if you’re lucky enough to be able to go for a dip in your own back garden, a pressure washer is a must for pool cleaning. It’ll help you blast away mildew and scum swimmingly to leave the tiles of your pool gleaming.
Pressure Washing Cars & Bikes
One common use for a pressure washer is to clean cars and motorbikes. Whether you get from A to B on two wheels or four, pressure washing with water alone may not shift all of the grime on your paintwork. That’s why we recommend using detergent dispenser and brush attachments for the best results. Polish with a chamois cloth for a sparkling finish.
Blasting Off Peeling Paint
Old peeling paint on fences or garden sheds needs to be removed before you whip out the brush and paint to start repainting. Cutting corners and painting over an older paint job will lead to a less than perfect finish. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, but with a pressure washer the task’s a much easier one. Just make sure the surface you’re cleaning has dried out before you repaint it.
If you’re already using your pressure washer for a whole bunch of gardening chores, we salute you! It sounds like you’ve truly mastered getting the most from your appliances (and your money’s worth). If you have an ingenious use for your pressure washer you think other readers could take advantage of let us know in the comments!
Oh, and while you’re feeling enthused about keeping your garden and outdoor spaces clean, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to cleaning your gardening appliances!