We’re big proponents of pressure washers in this house. They’re an awesome piece of equipment to have because they can be used in a multitude of ways– making cleaning certain things around your home easier to do. It may sound weird, but I find it fun to blast dirt and grime off things. It’s therapeutic in a way.
We own the RYOBI 3100 PSI pressure washer. One of the main things we love about it that you don’t have to swap out nozzles to change the spray patterns. Instead, it has a convenient 5-in-1 nozzle that allows you to switch spray patterns simply by rotating the nozzle.
We try to pressure wash our vinyl fence every year, if not, every other year. It makes a huge difference.
2. Exterior Siding or Brick
Same with the fencing, we try to pressure wash the exterior of our house at least every other year. The RYOBI pressure washer has a soap dispenser so we buy special house and siding soap, pour it into the reservoir, rotate the nozzle to the correct setting and the soap solution comes out. Then we rotate the nozzle and spray the soap off.
3. Garage Door
Same with the exterior siding or brick of the house, we also use the pressure washer to clean our garage door. The pressure washer is especially convenient when the garage door comes under attack from birds.
4. Outdoor Grill
Grills get grimy and gross. We give ours a bath every fall so it’s shiny and ready to use in the spring.
5. Knocking Down Spider Webs And Wasp Nests
When we have the pressure washer out we also knock down unwanted spider webs and wasp nests. FYI, we spray the wasp nests with wasp spray before we start spraying the nests with water. You don’t want angry wasps flying at your face.
It’s somewhat surprising how much grime builds up on your driveway throughout the year. Ours always looks ten times better after it’s pressure washed.
7. Patios and Decks
Same with driveways, pressure washing your patios can be a night and day difference.
8. Outdoor Furniture
If you’re going to clean your patio, you might as well pressure wash your patio furniture.
9. Car, Motorcycle, Boat
I accidentally typed “cats” instead of “cars”. Don’t use a pressure washer to wash your cat (or any other pet). But you can use a pressure washer to wash your car, motorcycle, or boat. Just make sure you don’t use a super powerful setting or you can blast the paint off, especially if there are chips already in the paint.
We bought a special solution to use in the pressure washer that’s formulated to wash cars. It goes in the same soap reservoir as the house and siding solution.
10. Lawn Mower
Like your car, your lawn mower deserves a bath every once in a while.
We also wash underneath our lawn mower. This can make a big difference in the efficiency of your lawn mower because grass and leaves gets stuck up under there.
Before Brad puts the mower up for the winter, he always gives the under carriage a good pressure washing so it’s ready to go in the spring.
11. Lawn Equipment
We also use the pressure washer to clean off our other lawn equipment, like our string trimmer, which is used every time Brad mows the lawn.
12. Trash Can
I don’t think I need to go into detail here, but if you have a trash can you know how pungent it can get in the summer months. Whoa, buddy. A little pressure washing with soap and it smells ten times better.
One thing we have found by owning a pressure washer is that friends, family, and neighbors may ask to use it. When we agree, because we’re nice people, we’re typically offered thank you gifts like free dinners, gift cards, beer/wine, or other goodies. So in a way, the pressure washer tends to pay for itself in the end.
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As a RYOBI Outdoor brand ambassador, RYOBI provided me with the pressure washer. As always, opinions are 100% mine.