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How to clean decking by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

As I impatiently awaited the start of the World Cup, I busied myself with a seriously overdue job.

While the sun beat down on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far in the OneandSeventy garden, I pulled on my wellies, retreated under the rim of my cowboy hat and hooked up the jet washer – a much appreciated loan from friends.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Channelling Daisy Duke
(You'll just have to take my word on the existence of denim shorts.
Just be grateful I have saved you from that eye-burning image!)

It was time to attack that decking.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The decking which the previous owners had left in an awful state.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The decking which constituted the final straw of my WTF moment.

So there I am... decking cleared, jet washer rigged up and I'm raring to go.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

More Farmer Giles than Daisy Duke!

Then pffft.

Now I've never used a jet washer before but REALLY? That's what all the fuss is about? What on earth is that trickle supposed to do? My garden hose is more powerful than that!

So I ring my friend. "What am I doing wrong?" I ask. Is it supposed to be quite powerful?

"Yes", she says. "Otherwise it wouldn't work! Unravel the hose and make sure there are no kinks in it".

Nope. Still no more than a gentle gush of water.

To prove it to myself, I disconnect the machine and use the hose on its own. Much better, but it's still not doing much to dislodge years of ground-in dirt.

Well why would it? It's a garden hose!

Dejected and full of disappointment, I start to clear up. And that's when I spot it.


Yes, dear reader. Although I'd plugged in the extension lead I'd forgotten to flick the switch.

What. A. Numpty!

As soon as I did, there was a sudden WHOOSH and the jet washer sprang into life. I re-connected the hose and that decking finally got what was coming to it.

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

What a clean-up job!


Three hours later and this is the result...

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

By way of a reminder, here is the before and after...

Cleaning the decking with www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Amazing, huh?

If, like me, you've never used a jet washer on your decking, here's what to expect:

  • Pick a warm day when there is no rain forecast - it'll help to dry the decking. I recommend an overcast day, rather than full sun, so you can see what you're doing. I noticed a few spots that I'd missed, which I blame on doing the job in sunglasses.
  • Give yourself plenty of time! Whilst quicker than the alternative, it IS slow going (although quite therapeutic, truth be told) and it takes quite a while to remove all that slippery stuff. Do what I did... plug yourself in (to your music collection, not the mains!) and do a little decking dance!
  • Hold the nozzle close enough to remove the grime, but not so close as to splinter the wood
  • All that looking down at where you're cleaning can give you serious neck ache
  • It can be a messy job. Wear wellies and remove anything within a fair radius that you don't want to splattered with dirty water. Either that, or be prepared for a bit of clean up afterwards.
  • It is SO worth it!

While we still have good weather, I'll be cracking open the stain. 
Then maybe, almost a year after moving in, I can finally get out our patio set!

Bring on the alfresco dining!

Sorry Beloved.

A hui hou,


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  • Guest
    Monna James Thursday, 05 March 2015

    Hi, great post! And the photos are so nice! I started my spring cleaning, so your post is really useful. Next stop is the garden. I stumbled upon some great tips for garden spring cleaning and I want to share them with you.

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Thursday, 05 March 2015

    Thanks Monna! Some great refresher tips there and very timely, since I am about to head on out into the garden to do a bit of tidying up!

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