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It's finally cooling off here in Florida making it less miserable to work outside. My patio is long overdue for cleaning and for a little makeover.
Just keeping it real--that IS the actual condition of my back patio--it's not a place anyone would want to spend time. But, fall means we can actually sit outside, so let the cleaning begin!
After the windows, I switched out the tanks to the pesticide one. I added water to the tank and then 24 ounces of concrete cleaner concentrate. Using the cleaner prior to the pressure washing is, in my opinion, the secret to getting the concrete really clean! I've tried it with and without the cleaner and, hands down, the cleaner makes the job so much easier.
The Milwaukee sprayer is designed to be worn as a backpack, but you know there is no way I would be able to carry that much weight. We put it onto a small cart making it super easy to move around! It literally took all of three minutes to cover the patio in the cleaner. The nice thing about using a separate tank rather than putting the cleaner in the pressure washer is there is no down time having to clean out the soap dispenser and switching out the nozzle. Also, two people can work in tandem, one to spray the cleaner and the other to pressure wash--team work!
The instructions on the cleaner we are using states to let the product sit at least 10 minutes before cleaning. After the allotted time, the dirt comes off easily with the pressure washer! Tip: if you're working on a really hot day, put the water tank back on the Milwaukee sprayer and have your work buddy keep the cleaner wet. You don't want to let the cleaner dry out.
I think we should just call the cleaning, phase one of the patio makeover! After cleaning, we discovered that we need to repaint the concrete, repair the previous repaired cracks, do something with the new cracks, and clean and refresh the outdoor furniture. Also, we need to do a little touch up painting on the siding and do a little caulking!
We are going to be using the tank sprayer at Steph's house to reapply the Wet & Forget to her siding. The range of the pesticide tank is up to 120 PSI with a 25' spray distance. With this sprayer we should be able to do a better job reaching the highest points on her house.
Let us know what outdoor projects you are tackling this fall before it gets too cool!
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