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How to pressure wash a patio

How to pressure wash a patio
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Is your yard in need of TLC? Learn how to pressure wash a patio so you can transform your outdoor space. It’s a fantastic way to give your yard a lift, especially if you’re spending time outdoors in the summer. You’ll be the envy of your neighbors with your pristine patio. 

Pressure washers help you achieve a sparkling finish with less elbow grease. The pressure washer does the hard work for you, freeing you up to enjoy your outdoor space. 

New to pressure washing? We’ve got you covered. Pressure washing a patio is beginner friendly, and we’ll walk you through it step-by-step. We’ve asked the experts for their top tips so you can achieve great results.  

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How to pressure wash a patio

If you want to learn how to pressure wash a patio, you’re in the right place. “First, check that your patio material can withstand pressure washing. Some materials, like pavers, should not be pressure washed due to their delicate nature,” says Scott Reid, Exterior Home Expert at Angi (opens in new tab). Concrete is ideal as it can withstand intense pressures. 

Before you start, take necessary precautions. “You’ll need to put on eye and hearing protection before you start pressure washing your home,” advises Scott. If you’re using an electric pressure washer, use waterproof cables and plug it in as far away from the area you’ll be cleaning as possible. Prepare the area by moving pots and other items out of harm’s way and covering delicate flowers. 

Ready to get started? “Make sure to start on a gentle setting and work your way up. Patios collect a lot of dirt and grime, so you may need to give your patio a good scrub before pressure washing to loosen all the dirt.” You’ll want to direct your pressure washer away from your home to avoid accidental damage.

Once you’ve rinsed the surface, the secret to a pristine finish is to use detergent. Leave it to soak according to the manufacturer’s instructions before washing it away. Your patio will look as good as new.

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Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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