Everybody likes a clean, fresh-looking garden, but unfortunately there are just some parts of the garden that seem to be immune to traditional cleaning methods – most notably paving and decking, which can accumulate all manner of moss and dirt build-up over time. Pressure washers are the ideal solution, but using a pressure washer can be intimidating if you don’t know how! However, high pressure cleaning can be an invaluable method, especially on exterior surfaces.
If you’re looking forward to mouthwatering barbecues, al fresco lunches, and sitting under the stars this year, then here’s all you need to know about using a pressure washer.
How to Use a Pressure Washer to Clean Decking
When it comes to using pressure washers, it all comes down to technique. Technique can mean the difference between a deck that sparkles like new, and one covered in debris. A pressure washer is a powerful piece of equipment, which is why it’s so good at its job – but this also means it can cause damage to your garden if used incorrectly. By following these simple tips, you can ensure your deck not only ends up looking amazing, but also remains intact.
- First, make sure to read and follow the directions and safety guidelines for your particular pressure washer.
- Before you start, move any plant pots, furniture, or other items from the deck, and from nearby areas. If they get hit with a direct stream, they will break.
- Hold your hose in the correct position before turning the water on to avoid any nasty surprises. At first, your hose should be about 2 feet from the decking. You’ll be able to adjust this in areas that need more, or less, cleaning. Never get closer than 12 inches from the ground, or you could risk damaging your decking.