Autumn Cleaning – Day 31

Autumn Cleaning – Day 31

Entry/Patio – Patio, Driveway and Pergola

Wow. If you have followed along so far you have done well with you Autumn cleaning.

If you want to clean almost any large surface area outside your house, pressure cleaning is usually the best and most cost-effective way to do it. You can rent pressure cleaning equipment from a local equipment hire shop, but there are many advantages to hiring professional pressure cleaning experts.
What pressure cleaning equipment do I need?
Whether you DIY or call a pressure cleaning professional, there is some essential equipment used to get the job done properly. The equipment used will depend on the area being cleaned. For instance, cleaning a driveway usually requires:

  • Pressure washer machine
  • Special detergent or other cleaning product
  • Broom and brush
  • Gloves
  • Protective sheeting, to prevent damage to surrounding items and garden
  • Painting tape
  • A long garden hose
  • Sealer

How do I prepare for pressure cleaning at home?
Once you’ve assembled the required gear, you’ll need to assess the area to clean. Be sure to:
1. Remove items from the area that could get damaged. For example, bicycles and other sports equipment, toys, storage containers and boxes, cars.
2. Use a broom to clear away any dirt and debris, such as loose leaves.
3. Use the plastic sheet and tape to cover doors and windows, so they aren’t sprayed with water or dirt during the clean. This also avoids damage to the paint.
4. For DIY jobs, it’s crucial to know what you’re doing. Read the instructions included with the pressure washing machine, or ask an expert. Of course if you hire a professional, you won’t have to worry about a thing!
5. If the surface is grimy and greasy – such as a concrete driveway – you may need to degrease it. Simply pop the degreasing solution in a bottle and spray it across the surface, before giving it a good scrub with a brush.
6. You’re now ready to start pressure cleaning!

What pressure cleaning techniques are used?
Again, the techniques used depend on the area you’re cleaning. But if we continue with the example of a concrete driveway, you’ll need to:
1. Attach all the hoses and nozzles to the pressure washer, if this hasn’t already been done.
2. Turn on the water supply.
3. Connect the provided tube into the detergent bottle.
4. Switch on the pressure washer. The tube should decant detergent into the spray gun.
5. Pop on a pair of gloves, hold down the spray gun.
6. Stand about 40 cm away from the surface and spray evenly across it until the surface is clean.
7. For concrete, you’ll need to resurface the driveway.

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