One of the jobs I like to do in February and the first half of March, is power washing. It really is amazing what a difference it makes to a path, patio or driveway, and to the overall look of the garden. But a word of warning, once you start you’ll have to do the whole lot.
Here are my top tips for getting the job done.
- Make sure you clean away any debris and remove any obstacles before you start. This may include, moving any items out of the way and brushing up any leaves and soil from pots etc. If there are gaps between the flags, I often try and scrape out the moss and weeds and brush them up. It saves a whole lot of mess during the washing.
- Dress up time – I always wear a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and a pair of wellingtons . I also wear disposable gloves. This means I stay dry and warm to enhance the power wash experience. A pair of ear plugs will save your ears.
- Buy good extension cables, hose pipes and hose fittings. By doing this, it means you are not let down by breakages partway through the job. It is definitely worth having spare hose connectors ready, as they do break occasionally, or simply just wear out.
- The job is always much easier if you have the right tool for the job. I use a Karcher K4. I find it easy to use and manoeuver, and it always does a great job. The smaller version, is the Karcher K2 and it is ideal if you want a quality product for smaller jobs.
- If you are using an extension cable, make sure you have adequate protection from water splash. My favourite way to do this, is to wrap any connections in a strong black bag and then place them inside a wheelie bin. This allows you to move it about when you need to, and also to keep things dry.
- If I am powerwashing near a door, I often use a tarpaulin propped up with two pieces of wood, as this will save mud splashing on the door, so leaving less cleaning to do at the end of the job.
Well that’s us sorted then. Get to it, you know you want to.
Happy power washing you lucky things! Dave.