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Have you ever used a pressure washer?
Because I hadn’t until this summer, despite the fact that I always love watching the totally mesmerizing pressure washing videos that randomly pop up on Facebook and Instagram.
And guess what?! Using a pressure washer is just as mesmerizing as watching those videos.
Actually, probably more so.
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We got the RYOBI 3,100 PSI 2.5 GPM Honda Gas Pressure Washer with Idle Down, and we loveeeeee it!
The power is awesome, and the idle down feature saves on gas, means less noise and reduces overall wear on the pump.
The pressure washer comes with a 25 ft. cord and if for some reason that’s not long enough, it’s easy enough to move around as you work. Plus the detergent tank is perfect – way easier than carrying around a bucket full of soapy water and a hose to clean something!
And bonus, the Honda engine is protected by a cage so you don’t have to worry about damaging it.
The 5-in-1 quick connect nozzle is really easy to use – more on that below.
I shared a peek of our pressure washer last week when I talked about how to paint shutters.
It’s crazy how fast cleaning the shutters went using the pressure washer! I can’t imagine taking a hose and rag across each of those slats!
It’s amazing how you don’t think your driveway, sidewalk, patio, siding, etc. is that dirty, and then you pressure wash it, and wow, it definitely was dirty!
Somehow for how gross you realize everything actually is, it’s actually really satisfying to pressure wash everything clean.
The before and after photos really just speak for themselves.
I mean I pretty much hate cleaning, and I love using the pressure washer.
What to clean with a pressure washer:
Well basically you can clean just about anything outdoors:
- Concrete (driveways, sidewalks, etc.)
- Lawn equipment
- Boats (if only we had one of those!)
- Window screens
- Playground equipment
We’d ummm… never cleaned the concrete driveway before. Because how do you even clean a concrete driveway without a pressure washer?
Here’s the before:
Doesn’t it look aaaaamazing?!
And we cleaned our concrete front porch, too. After painting the exterior and shutters, the porch was looking a little (a lot) dingy till we took the pressure washer to it.
Which pressure washer nozzles to use:
The RYOBI 3,100 PSI Pressure Washer is pretty easy to use.
The 5-in-1 nozzle makes it easy to change the spray pattern. The pressure washer comes with this handy chart so you can reference it depending on what you’re cleaning:
- 0° nozzle: You can use this nozzle (with caution) for concrete, brick and masonry.
- 25° nozzle: You can use this nozzle for concrete, brick and masonry. You can also use it (with caution) for siding, gutters, fencing, decks, patios, lawn equipment and RVs.
- 40° nozzle: You can use this nozzle for concrete, brick, masonry, siding, gutters, fencing, decks, patios, lawn equipment and RVs.
- Long range: Can be used for any application as shown in the chart above.
- Short range: Can be used for any application as shown in the chart above.
And here’s a look at our garage siding before and after using the pressure washer:
Again, it’s crazy, right?!
Have you used a pressure washer? I want to clean ALL the things now!
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