Your backyard oasis is your happy place. It’s where you hold summer parties, host your famous barbecues, and spend the afternoon reading books by the pool. But over time, all of that outdoor fun can leave your outdoor paradise looking a little worn out.
Want to bring the sparkle back to your backyard? Consider a pressure washer. With this amazing piece of equipment, you can revitalize nearly any surface in your backyard. But what kind of pressure washer should you use? What’s the best technique? Should you use water or soap — or both?
Here’s a surface-by-surface guide to getting the most bang for your pressure-washing buck.
A pressure washer can make your pavers or concrete patio look like new. Here are a few tips to get the job done right.
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Be sure to check your brick hardscape elements thoroughly before you fire up the pressure washer. Older brick that has loosened and softened over time can be damaged by pressure washing. Consider using a less intense method of cleaning or fully repairing your brick hardscape before you pressure wash.
Your fence keeps your pets in the yard, provides a safe place for kids to play, and affords privacy for your family. But because it is exposed to the elements 24/7, it can quickly become weathered. Once again, a pressure washer comes to the rescue.
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If your wooden fence looks especially dull and faded, consider adding a fresh coat of stain, sealant, or paint after you pressure wash. Just make sure to let your fence dry for 48 hours after pressure washing so any remaining water doesn’t get sealed into the fence.
While pressure washers are often used effectively when installing pool finishes, we don’t recommend using them to clean your pool’s interior. For one thing, draining your pool and allowing it to dry can be harmful to your pool’s finish. Also, using too much pressure can dislodge aggregates and damage the plaster. There are plenty of other options to clean a messy pool, including robotic cleaners, brushes. If there’s difficult algae, buildup, or large debris, you may want to call a professional.
Pressure washing is too harsh for most swimming pools with fiberglass and vinyl swimming pools. For tips on cleaning your fiberglass or vinyl swimming pool liner, check with your pool’s manufacturer.
Here’s a well-kept secret: Restaurants around the country use pressure washers to clean their professional-grade kitchen equipment. Take a lesson from the pros and use a pressure washer to keep your outdoor kitchen looking like new.
Keeping your backyard oasis looking new isn’t difficult, and using a pressure washer is one of the quickest and easiest ways to accomplish the task. Plus, nothing is more satisfying than watching years of dirt and grime come off.
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