A pressure washer can be used for way more than just cleaning your car. We look at some practical as well as some unusual pressure washer uses.
You’ve got a list of things to get done around the house and you’re behind schedule yet again. Does this happen to you way too often?
Part of running a household involves thinking of new ways to get things done. When you can streamline a troublesome chore, life is much easier.
A pressure washer is a great tool to keep on hand. However, many people don’t use them to their full potential. The truth is, there are a ton of ways you can harness the power of water.
To help you get the most out of this great tool, we’re going over ten pressure washer uses you may not have thought of.
- Outdoor Furniture
It doesn’t take long for your deck or patio furniture to take on dirt and grime. The last thing you want to do is try to tackle this cleaning job with a wet rag.
Instead, use a pressure washer to cut through the buildup without having to use too much elbow grease. You can use it for vinyl, wood, or plastic outdoor furniture.
If you’ve repainted your furniture, make sure you use a lower pressure to ensure the paint doesn’t come off. This is called soft washing. Check out these differences between soft and regular pressure washing.
- Wooden Fences
Is your white picket fence not looking so white anymore? Use your pressure washer to remove the dirt that inevitably builds up over time.
If you have a large yard, you may need to get a hose extension so you can reach all sections of your fence. This is a small investment when you think about the alternative, which is scrubbing your fence by hand.
You can also use your washer to clean metal fencing, trellises, or lawn ornaments. Make sure to adjust the pressure if you’re cleaning delicate items.
- Deck and Patio Surfaces
If you like to entertain guests with backyard BBQs, you want your outdoor setup looking nice. Unfortunately, decks and patios are hard to keep clean.
These outdoor surfaces are prone to muddy footprints, dead leaves, and other debris. Plus, when it rains, you’re left with a huge mess if water from the yard flows onto your deck or patio.
A pressure washer is by far the best tool for this cleaning job. You can blast away mud, dirt, and leaves in a matter of minutes.
- Children’s Outdoor Toys
If you have children, there’s a good chance that toys are all over your yard. Because these items are for outside use doesn’t mean you should neglect cleaning them from time to time.
A pressure washer is great for removing dried mud from kid’s bicycles, scooters, or skateboards. Make sure to use lower pressure so you don’t remove paint or stickers.
Then, turn up the pressure and clean swing sets, monkey bars, or trampolines. If your children are old enough, assign them this cleaning task. There’s a good chance they’ll find the process fun.
- Garbage Receptacles
If you don’t clean your trash bins on a regular basis, they’ll start to emit a funky odor. This can attract bugs, which no homeowner wants to deal with.
A pressure washer provides an easy solution. Add a little detergent to an empty garbage bin and spray away. Any debris or buildup that’s stuck to the side or bottom will come off right away.
Don’t forget about your outdoor, curbside receptacles. These accumulate grime very quickly so make sure you wash them out from time to time to avoid foul odors.
- Gardening Tools
If you do a lot of gardening around your house, you need to keep your tools in good shape. This means cleaning them from time to time.
Instead of cleaning each tool by hand, spray them down with high-pressure water. You won’t hurt them and they’ll get squeaky clean in seconds.
In addition to small tools, use your washer on larger items like wheelbarrows, buckets, and wagons. Anything that won’t sustain water damage will benefit from the occasional spray.
Speaking of gardening, if you need to water your flower bed, set your pressure washer to low and start spraying. You can cover a large area and won’t damage your plants as long as you angle the washer up.
What gets dirtier than a grill? If BBQs are a big part of your summer, you’ll need to clean your grill from time to time.
If you have a basic charcoal grill, use your pressure washer to remove heavy buildup from the grate. You can also spray out the bottom and get it looking brand new.
Remember to dry your grill directly after cleaning to avoid rusting.
- Getting Stuff Out of a Tree
Yes, you read that correctly. A pressure washer is a great tool for removing objects from trees.
We’re primarily talking about balls or other children’s toys. If you can’t reach them with a broom, a pressure sprayer can get to them.
You could also remove dead branches that have fallen but get caught in the tree.
- Home Exterior
There’s a good chance the outside of your house could use a wash. It’ll surprise you how much better your home will look.
You can use a pressure washer on any material, including brick, siding, or wood. Turn up the pressure to cut through all the dirt and grime.
It’s important to keep the gutters on your home free of debris. While you’re cleaning your home, go ahead and use your washer to spray out the gutters. You’ll need to buy an extension to reach them, but it’s well worth the cost.
- Unwanted Pests
If you’re dealing with a pest problem around the outside of your home, a pressure washer is a great alternative to insecticides. The great thing about this approach is it allows you to keep your distance while eliminating the problem.
Things like wasp’s nests, anthills, and spider webs are no match for a pressure hose. Plus, if you get rid of them once, there’s a good chance they won’t return.
Take Advantage of These Pressure Washer Uses
Maintaining the outside of your home is just as important as taking care of the inside. There’s no reason not to make the process as easy as you can.
Keep this list of pressure washer uses handy when starting your spring and summer chores. It’ll make life much less stressful.
Check out more articles on gardening topics and outdoor maintenance.