Ummmm. I had NO IDEA concrete is so nasty. I grew up and still live in the South. It’s not uncommon in the summer time to run outside barefoot and check the mail, or if you’re a kid, just to run around and play, all while hoping you miss the random sticker patch in the yard. Another common scene in the South is what I call, well, tree sperm attacks. A.K.A. pollen. This year seemed particularly bad for pollen, and I think it’s still causing havoc!
My husband and I purchased a new Homeowners policy this year. In order to make everything spit-shined and perfect for the inspection we had to take an entire day to do yard work. This was of course during the time my husband hurt his ankle and was off of work. My AWESOME brother came over here and slaved away like a crazy man ALL DAY LONG. My back crapped out on me about 4 hours into it, but he kept plugging away for us. Oh, and when I say ALL DAY I mean the following chores were completed:
All leaves raked and burned. We have 7 trees if that give you any idea of the work.
The Sump Pump line was dug up, replaced, re-threaded with a smaller pipe and covered back over. It’s about 100 ft. of pipe.
The roof was swept down
The gutters were cleaned out
The porch was cleaned top to bottom
Weed eating happened through the whole yard
Out of all the things that were accomplished that day, there was NOTHING that impressed me and grossed me out more than pressure washing the concrete. I haven’t ever cleaned the concrete. It never crossed my mind that you need to clean concrete, well aside from sweeping it!!! In fact, I don’t know if the concrete has ever been cleaned since it was poured to make our back patio. (I didn’t own the house then!)
First, let me say that when dry, the concrete did NOT look that gross. I had no idea it was THAT nasty until my brother started using the pressure washer. Here is what it looked like before he started officially washing it. Yes, you could see a bit of green mildew and of course there was pollen everywhere!
And as the process continued:
Overall the project is pretty easy. You just hook a garden hose into the pressure washer, turn it on and go to town. However, we did budget extra on the water bill for it this month. You also have to be mindful of water pooling while you are working. It also works best in teeny tiny rows for maximum cleaning power, so it is time consuming, and of course you get a bit wet while doing the work. I think it was well worth it!
All the concrete looks so much better. Now, if I could just find a way to use one in the house!
Tell me how pressure washers have worked for you! Do you own one, borrow, or rent a washer when you use it?