This weekend my daughter is having a tropical themed birthday party. We will not only be in the house for the party but will also be out on the back deck eating and using the BBQ. After a long winter, we knew the deck, patio furniture and the grill were all in need of a deep cleaning so we asked my exhusband if we could borrow his pressure washer to do it.
The pressure washer he lent us is the Husky power clean to go. He purchased it last year at Home Depot. The original price for it was $200.00 but he got it on clearance for only $75.00. The unit has 2200 PSI (pounds per inch). The PSI is how much pressure the washer unit is capable of producing. A pressure washer with a PSI of up to 2200 is generally used for light duty tasks like cleaning mud from cars and lawn equiptment but it worked well for what we needed it for. The unit also has 2.0 GPM (gallons per minute). The GPM refers to the rate of water flow through the unit. The higher the GPM the more surface the unit can clean. This is a gas model and came with 3 nozzels, one for more of a hard stream, one for more of a spray and one for using cleaners.
It took about 3 hours to do our deck which is 13x20, a very dirty glass and plastic table, 4 plastic chairs, a BBQ and 15 stairs. The difference is amazing. The wood on the deck is no longer grey but back to a pretty wood color. We cleaned the deck using only straight water. We also used it to clean the front walkway of the house which is concrete. When we did this part, we used the chemical injector tube and cleaned it with a combo of water and bleach. Parts of the walk are shaded so there was some mold and mildew that had formed but this got it all off and the walk is now clean and white. We are very please with the results.
Update On Jul 12, 2009: We borrowed this again this weekend to do some cleaning outside and it still works great. I was just watching my husband cleaning a white patio table with a glass top that was covered in black dirt and green mold from being in storage under a deck and it cut through the gross stuff like butter.