15 Things You Can Clean With Ease Using a Pressure Washer

A pressure washer uses water at high pressures to blast away dirt and grime – without the need for harsh chemicals – saving you time and effort while delivering impressive results in a fraction of the time it would take with other cleaning tools. Plus, you can use this tool to clean various surfaces, not just hard surfaces.

A Pressure washer can be used in many applications, from the home’s exterior and driveways to cleaning cars. They are handy and should be part of every homeowner’s tools. Since it is not used daily, you can even share your pressure washer with a neighbor or family member to reduce costs. Here are 15 uses of a pressure washer to make cleaning extremely satisfying.

1. Clean the Exterior of Your House

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Over time, your home’s exterior and garage doors can become covered in dirt, grime, and algae, making it dingy. Pressure washing can effectively remove these unsightly stains, dirt, grass stains, and moss or mold buildup, restoring your home’s beauty and curb appeal.

When using a pressure washer, be sure to use a low-pressure setting and avoid getting too close, which can cause damage. You can use a power washer on all home exteriors; check the manufacturer’s instructions before starting.

2. Clean Concrete Driveways and Patios

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Concrete driveways and patios can become stained, especially if frequently exposed to oil and grease. A pressure washer can quickly remove these stubborn stains and restore the appearance of your driveway and patio. For best results when cleaning concrete surfaces, use a pressure washer with a detergent attachment. This will also work on stone tiles on patios or pool decks.

3. Wood Decks and Fences

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Wood decks and fences can become discolored and covered in dirt, grime, and algae over time. A pressure washer can clean and restore their appearance, bringing new life to these outdoor structures. When cleaning wood surfaces, use a low-pressure setting and avoid getting too close to the wood. The result is wood that looks almost brand new.

4. Outdoor Patio Furniture

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Outdoor furniture, such as patio chairs, tables, and umbrellas, can become covered in dirt and grime over time. A pressure washer is a great way to clean these items by removing dirt and grime and restoring their appearance. Learn how to clean outdoor furniture here.

5. Cars and Boats

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When using a pressure washer to clean a vehicle, use a low-pressure setting and avoid getting too close to the paint, which can cause damage. Pay attention to the undercarriage and use the low setting if possible. You can pull your car floor mats out and use your pressure washer to clean them in a few simple swipes.

6. Concrete Floors

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Concrete floors can become stained with grease, oil, and other substances in commercial settings. When cleaning concrete floors, use a pressure washer with a detergent attachment for the best results.

7. Garage Floors and Workshops

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Garages and workshops can become dirty and cluttered over time, making it difficult to find what you need and work efficiently. A pressure washer can clean these spaces, removing dirt and grime and restoring order. When using a pressure washer in these areas, use a low-pressure setting and avoid getting too close to electrical outlets and fixtures.

8. Garbage Cans

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There is nothing more disgusting than an outdoor trash can. You throw your trash bags in it, and they may bust. It rains, and the water pools in the bottom. This leads to a slimy, smelly mess that is hard to clean. A power washer can quickly clean that garbage can, and you don’t have to stick your hands down to get the job done. You can even do your indoor trash can too.

9. Grilling Racks

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Getting your grill ready for the season can be quite a job. Leftover food and debris may be stuck to the rack and be a beast to clean off by hand. A pressure washer will make quick work of cleaning your grill rack. Spray on some oven cleaner, let sit for the recommended amount of time, then power it off with your power washer. Learn how to clean a grill here.

10. Get Rid of Spider Webs

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Spiders will make their webs high up on your house, in the eves, or downspouts. They may even make them between your home and garage. Rather than set your house on fire to eliminate spiders and their webs, use your pressure washer to evict them quickly.

11. Exterior Windows

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Cleaning exterior windows is a breeze with a pressure washer. Spray your windows, then dry them with a squeegee or paper towels. I personally just let them dry without touching them after I spray them. The sunshine and outdoor air do a great job of drying them streak-free.

12. Outdoor Light Fixtures

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Outdoor lights will get dirt and bugs inside them and even cobwebs. Using your power washer to clean them up makes quick work of this task. Be mindful of the pressure setting so you don’t damage the light fixture.

14. Outdoor Rugs and Mats

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Outdoor rugs and mats collect dirt and debris and can have tough stains that are hard to remove. Clean them easily using your pressure washer. Test your pressure setting to ensure you don’t damage the fibers—pre-treat carpet stains before washing. Be sure to lay your rugs or mats in the sun or over a deck railing to dry completely to avoid getting mold or mildew on your outdoor fabrics.

15. Asphalt Shingles

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Clean off leaves and other debris from your roof with a power washer. Take safety precautions and always have a second person with you in case of an accident. It is a good idea to always spray in the direction the asphalt shingles are lying to avoid dislodging them.

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