Having a beautiful patio or decking in your garden can be a wonderful way to entertain guests, relax in the summer, and enjoy being outdoors. But the last thing you want is a grubby, dirty patio that is not so inviting.
With being outdoors, your patio can start to gather a build up of dirt, water, mud, moss, algae and many other grimy substances that can make it look horrible, dark, and cover up the stunning potential of your patio slabs.
The best way to keep on top of this issue, is to keep cleaning your patio regularly. But this can be a tiresome and time consuming task that will keep you busy all day. However, there is a better way: pressure washing.
Pressure washing is one of the simplest, most effective and most satisfying ways to clean your patio. The powerful nature of the pressure washer can help lift grime and dirt, revealing your clean, clear and stylish slabs underneath.
The pressure washer works to remove dirt with a powerful spraying mechanism that blasts the water in a forceful manner, which pushes built up grime away. This is done so much quicker that you will never take to scrubbing your patio ever again.
If you have a pressure washer, and want to clean your patio, then you are in the right place. We have created a step by step guide of how to clean a patio with a pressure washer.
If you do not have a pressure washer, then you will want to get one after seeing how easy it is to completely overhaul your patio in minutes!
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How to clean a patio with a pressure washer
In order to effectively clean your patio with a pressure washer, you will first need to make sure that you have cleared your patio completely.
This means removing all patio furniture, plants and pots, or any ornaments.
Next, you will need to grab a broom or brush and push away any loose debris, leaves or dirt from the surface of your patio, and brush it away.
Once this is done, you will have to connect your pressure washer to a water supply.
Most people will use their garden hose to do so. Connect your pressure washer to the hose and turn on the tap.
If you pull the trigger gun on the pressure washer, then the water should run freely out of the hose of your pressure washer.
Let this run for around 20-30 seconds to clear out any build-up from inside.
Some pressure washers will allow the use of soaps and detergents to remove any stains from your patio slabs. If this is the case, then you must first wet the slabs with a light spray setting.
Then you can add the detergent to your pressure washer and spray onto the patio with the low pressure setting. If not using detergent, then skip to step seven.
If using detergent, leave it to sit on your patio for around five-ten minutes so that it reaches the cracks in the slabs.
After a few minutes, you can then rinse off with a medium pressure setting.
To do this, you will want to start from one corner or edge of your patio and work across the slabs using large sweeping motions.
To effectively clean your patio with a pressure washer, you will want to keep the washer at a 45-degree angle and use a wide fan setting.
If there are particularly hard to move dirt build-ups, then you can adjust the lance on your pressure washer. This will create either a wide fan of water or a more concentrated jet of water to remove more stubborn dirt.
The best way to clean your patio is to point the pressure washer hose downward at an angle towards the patio. Try to sweep back and forth in one direction first, before moving on to another.
However, remember that more powerful cleansing settings are only intended for sturdy and hard surfaces such as stone or brick. It is not recommended that you use the concentrated jet stream on wood or near any vehicles.
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To finish, you will want to put the pressure washer on a lower setting to sweep and rinse off any dirt left from the power wash settings.
Finally, you can disconnect your pressure washer and pull the trigger until the hose is empty of any leftover water.
Our favourite pressure washers
If you are yet to buy a pressure washer for your patio, then we have the solution for you.
One of the biggest best selling pressure washers is the Karcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer.
This pressure washer is ultra-powerful and versatile, able to tackle a variety of cleaning tasks with its multiple pressure options. This pressure washer can clean your patio, driveway, decking, home, cars, vans, you name it.
You can also use this pressure washer with or without detergent to help you remove stains and dirt build-up from your home and garden.
Additionally, we also love the Silverline 943676 Electric Pressure Washer, with high pressure and different nozzles to clean your patio, driveway or cars!
If you are still unsure whether a pressure washer is for you, and do not want to invest in something that you may not like, then we recommend the best budget option.
The Ryobi RPW110B pressure washer is small, simple to use and the best value pressure washer available!