Making sure your patio, deck and outdoor furniture are clean and mildew-free before a backyard party can be a top priority during the summer. Outdoor cleaning jobs can involve a lot of work, but nothing speeds up an outdoor cleaning chore or does such a thorough job as a pressure washer. The key to success is not to use water pressure that is too high and can harm the materials you are attempting to clean.
Brighten Your Outdoor Furniture
Pressure washing weather-stained outdoor furniture effectively removes dirt, mildew, and other grime and is much quicker and easier than scrubbing by hand. Clean your furniture following these steps:
- Choose a flat surface with good drainage that’s not close to glass windows, doors, potted plants or anything that could be damaged by the spray or detergent.
- Using detergent is optional, and may not be needed.
- Don’t use a bleach-based cleaning product on colored furniture or cushions. Be sure to read all labels before using.
- Use a low-pressure setting and a fan tip on your pressure washing wand to distribute the force of the water spray to prevent any damage.
- Start from the top of a piece of furniture and work your way down.
Beautify Your Patio or Deck
Pressure washing can make a dirt-stained backyard patio or deck look fresh and beautiful again. Follow these steps to transform a grimy surface into an inviting place where family and friends will enjoy gathering for outdoor parties:
For a wood deck
- Clear the deck of furniture, toys, and potted plants.
- Sweep the deck and remove any dead leaves or other debris.
- Use the lowest water pressure that will clean well without damaging the wood.
- Use a fan tip on the pressure washing wand to spread out the force of the water and avoid gouging the wood.
For pavers or cement
Use the lowest pressure that will clean and not damage the surface. Using detergent on pavers can sometimes leave streaks and stains. Clean only one section at a time and rinse thoroughly to avoid this.
Clean Your Barbecue Grill
Pressure washing a backyard barbecue grill is a good way to remove heavy layers of grease and baked on residue that accumulates on the cooking surface. Here’s how to clean your grill:
- Remove the grill grates. Clean these separately and make sure they are rinsed clean of any chemical residue.
- Be sure to disconnect the propane tank or shut off any gas lines or electrical power.
- Use a degreaser to strip away grease and greasy residue. Before pressure washing, let the degreaser soak in for at least 10 minutes to loosen any baked on food.
- Use the lowest setting to rinse. Work from the top down, just like with outdoor furniture.
- Be careful not to damage the heating elements of the grill.
- Repeat this process with the grates.
Clean Your Backyard Swimming Pool Cover
Spread the pool cover out on a flat surface and use the pressure washer and detergent to remove the accumulated dirt and grime.
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