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Spring cleaning requires power washing the deck removing mold and mildew while saving water

Updated on January 23, 2015

Power washer makes outdoor spring cleaning jobs easier

Electric pressure washer reduces water usage
Electric pressure washer reduces water usage

Outdoor spring cleaning project requires a power washer

Spring having arrived, has us suffering a severe case of cabin fever. Motivating the neat freak in us all get busy with all our outdoor spring cleaning projects. I imagine you much like I find ourselves picking up lawn debris in our landscape beds, and notice the deck need a good power washing.

There are all sorts of dirt and stubborn stains scattered about the wood deck an electric blower simply cannot clean.

Sweeping the deck with our trusty push broom simply cannot clean away all the ground in dirt, mold, and mildew stains.

This leaves us with only one viable deck cleaning option. We must get busy with our spring cleaning project of power washing the deck.

Buy or rent a pressure washer and cleaning attachments

Now when it comes to getting our hands on a good power washer, we do have a few options open to us, do we rent, hire, or buy a power washer. The thing is, most rental centers only rent or hire a couple different size pressure washers, big gas powered pressure washers and bigger gas powered pressure washers.

Have you ever tried to get one of these machines on the buss or train, or maybe in the back of your smart car or SUV, it is a pain in the butt I can tell you.

You can forget about getting a power washer delivered to your place, if the rental center will make deliveries it will cost as much as the thing rents for, I think that is their way of telling us they really do not want to fool with the delivery.

Any way that is the way, it seems to me. To first, pay $50 in rental or hire fees, plus an additional $40 or $50 to get the thing delivered. Shoot that is $100 I can buy an electric power washer online for just a few bucks more. Better still, I can get it delivered to my door, all for around $150 to $200 and have, it on hand any time I need to clean my deck, patio, or front stoop.

Electric power washer cleans wood deck

Benefits of electric power washer

Homeowners and renters like you and I, just want to get the deck clean, which usually means getting rid of any mold and mildew lurking between the deck boards, and the stubborn dirt on the surface.

The best choice for us is an electric power washer or pressure washer if you will. That way we can easily power wash our wood deck, brick pavers, and concrete steps when we need to without the worry of stale gas, gas cans and starting one of those noisy gas powered machines.

All we will need is a garden hose and outdoor faucet to supply adequate volume of water for the power washer.

How power washer works

The electric power washer features you need

● 1500 – 2000 PSI will provide all the cleaning power we will need to clean our wood deck, patio, and front steps. The PSI or pounds per square inch are how much force a power washer uses to blast the dirt loose from the surface we are cleaning.

● 1.5 – 2 GPM means how many gallons of water per minute a power washer uses to wash the dirt away, after the water pressure of the power washer has blasted the dirt away from the surface, the water volume (GPM) washes the dirt away.

Here is a little tip to make it easier to understand; cleaning units tells us how effective one power washer is when compeered to another.

CU equals, the PSI multiplied by the GPM, say 2000-psi × 2gpm equals 4000 cleaning units. Compare that to your garden hose at a staggering 40psi and 7gpm which equals, 280 cleaning units is a lot less cleaning power that uses more than twice the water per minute of cleaning time spent washing a wood deck.

Look at it another way, let’s take the 2000psi power washer that uses 2gpm, say it takes us one hour to clean our deck. There is sixty minutes in an hour right, multiply 60 × 2gpm and we come up with 120 gallons of water used to clean the deck using the power washer.

Now let us compare that to what a garden hose will use in the same sixty minutes of use. 60 minutes × 7gpm equals 420 gallons of water used to clean a deck.

Electric power washer uses 70% less water to clean a deck than a garden hose. I think we all agree, saving water is a good thing.

Using cleaning solution attachments

● The pressure washer cleaning solution attachment, makes it easy to use our favorite cleaning chemical like Simple Green while we power wash around our home, garage, car, lawn and gardens.

Are you one of the many people that use bleach when cleaning mold and mildew around your home, let me ask you one simple question. Have you ever considered using a great environmentally friendly alternative?

Hydrogen peroxide is just such an alternative, we can easily use to remove mold and mildew stains without the harmful side effects of chlorine bleach.

 Hydrogen peroxide mixed with water in a 3% solution makes a good safe environmentally friendly household disinfectant cleaner.

Adjust spray patter to match floorboard width
Adjust spray patter to match floorboard width

The best power washer nozzle for cleaning a wood deck

● Spray nozzles are located on the end of the power washer trigger gun and wand assembly. The best electric power washers are equipped with an adjustable spray nozzle as part of the useful cleaning accessories included with premium pressure washers.

Adjustable spray nozzles are easily set to zero degrees, which is a narrow stream of concentrated cleaning power. The zero degree-cleaning nozzles are quite good for cleaning stubborn dirt and stains off hard surfaces.

On the other end of the adjustable nozzle’s range of adjustability, the useful 40-degree wide fan shaped pattern, this 40-degree nozzle is great for light duty cleaning tasks.

The low-pressure water spray makes cleaning dust and light dirt from our patio and lawn furniture easy when getting ready for our next backyard gathering or barbecue party.

For general cleaning of a wood deck, adjust the nozzle spray pattern / fan to match the width of the floorboards you are cleaning.

How to power wash a wood deck

Power washer is a great spring cleaning tool

When the time is right for getting all those spring cleaning jobs done around our favorite outdoor spaces, and it seems as though time is something we do not have enough of to get everything done,

Busy people like you and me simply need the best and easiest way to get all our outdoor cleaning jobs done.

Cleaning a prep a wood deck for paint or stain, brick paver patio for sealing or clean dust and dirt from the lawn furniture, the right power washer will make our projects much easier to get done quick fast and efficiently.

Use inexpensive environmentally friendly cleaner. Mike

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      violalanders thanks for the comment, best of luck with all your spring cleaning jobs. Power washing the deck with a power washer is a great way to remove mold and mildew from a wood deck, patio, your roof or siding.

      Have fun spring cleaning with a power washer around your home. Mike

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      violalanders 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information, Cool hub.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Pamela99 thanks for stopping by great to hear from you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great information on power washing.

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      LillyGrillzit thanks for stopping by, power washers are like lawn mowers, everyone should have at least one around their home. Spring cleaning is much easier when washing your deck with a power washer.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Excellent info on power-washing equipment, and what a person should shop for. Thank you for sharing.