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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.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO TURN THE BLOODY PLUG ON!!

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!

Yay!

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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    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.
    http://tinyurl.com/pzw2o5c

  • 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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