[dropcap]S[/dropcap]pring has finally sprung and with the weather now feeling lovely and warm it’s time to attempt a few tasks that you may have been putting off since Winter. To-do-lists will often include cleaning outdoor entertaining areas, paths around the home, driveways and even the house walls or roof. If you have any, or dare I say it, all of the above jobs to complete, it’s a good idea to consider hiring a floor scrubber or water pressure cleaner. Not only will this help make your life easier, but you’ll also see a much better end result than you would with a garden hose. And the good news is that water pressure cleaners will actually use less water than a regular garden hose while cleaning more efficiently. It’s a win win situation.
Cleaning Outdoor Areas
Over time dirt and even algae builds up on outdoor floor areas, especially if they are tiled areas. Brooms and hoses and even a good old hand scrubbing brush would eventually get the area clean however a floor scrubber machine is certainly up to the task. With a course bristle brush as well as scouring pad options, it will not only tackle the ground-in dirt but will do it efficiently and with less effort on your part as well. Even if you just use a garden hose in combination with the floor scrubber, you will still get a good result.
Cleaning Driveways & Paths
Dirt and algae build up also occurs on brick and concrete paths or driveways and it can begin to detract from the overall presentation of your home. A garden hose will remove the surface dirt whereas a water pressure cleaner is capable of providing a deep and restoring clean. You have two choices where water pressure cleaners are concerned: electric or petrol. Around the home often an electric unit is all that is required and you can’t beat the 1500 PSI water pressure cleaner. This unit also has a 300mm rotary surface cleaner attachment which allows you to clean a greater surface area with each pass while maintaining a consistent finished appearance. For some serious cleaning power or for very large areas, you may consider a petrol unit such as a 3000 PSI or 4000 PSI water pressure cleaner. These are physically larger units and because they have higher pressure, can also clean faster. They also have a 400mm rotary surface cleaner attachment which is a great option for driveways and large surface areas.
Alternatively, you could opt for a dual pressure washer. This is an all-in-one water pressure cleaner that has a 530mm rotary surface cleaner permanently attached to the bottom of a frame so that it can be used like a walk behind cleaner. It also has a regular lance on board for cleaning stubborn or other inaccessible areas. This machine is great for large areas such as driveways and tennis courts. When using a water pressure cleaner, consider putting aside around 2-4 hours for your driveway, and 1-2 hours for your garden path.
Cleaning the Exterior of the Home
Spring serves as a good reminder to check the exterior walls of your home for mould, algae or peeling paint – all common issues that can occur during Winter or with age. If any of these are apparent, often one of the first steps required is to clean the walls. This can also be achieved with a water pressure cleaner and in particular the 300mm rotary surface cleaner can be configured to clean wall surfaces. The petrol water pressure cleaners are often used to remove peeling paint.
Finally, checking your gutters and removing any debris as well as inspecting your roof for minor damage will serve you well during the Summer storm season. Petrol water pressure cleaners are also often used by roofing contractors to clean roof surfaces either for appearance or in preparation for a new lick of paint.
All of this equipment is available for hire now at Centenary Hire and the weather is great for working outdoors. Why not get started early before the heat of Summer makes any physical task a lot more uncomfortable.
Please note: Water pressure cleaners can be dangerous if they are not used correctly and if safety is not treated as a priority. Further, the strength of the water pressure should always be tested on the surface before engaging fully in the task to ensure that an appropriate pressure is used and unwanted damage does not occur.
Remember though, if you are in any doubt or have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk with our friendly team at the hire desk.
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