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Trying out a Vax Powerwash 2200w pressure washer

Vax Powerwash 2200w

If you follow my Instagram or facebook feeds, you’ll know we’ve been away an awful lot recently. I’ve been missing local friends, so as soon as we arrived back from the Easter break, I set about organising a barbecue.

But – yikes! – while we were away, Storm Katie had wreaked havoc in our garden, overturning pots and spreading soil over the patio.

And, to be honest, we hadn’t cleaned the patio since it was installed in winter. If anyone does get round to scrubbing flagstones in the freezing cold and rain, well….I take my hat off to you. I can never bear to leave my hot ribena and book, and brave those garden chores.

Here’s the damage on our new, off-white paving slabs:

patio

patio

Luckily, we were asked to try out a Vax Powerwash 2200w pressure washer, which as well as cleaning patios, can be used on decking, brickwork, cars, caravans, garden furniture, and welly boots. We’ll be heading off again on our travels soon, so I’ll let you know how well it cleaned the car before our road trip. In the meantime, we set to work on the patio.

Vax Powerwash 2200w

The Vax Powerwash 2200w is a sturdy machine that isn’t lightweight, but it comes on large wheels that trundle easily along the patio floor.

Vax Powerwash 2200x

You have to assemble some of the machine yourself; this was easy, with the trickiest part being inserting two screws to the handle.

tip: An electric screwdriver would make it quicker to insert the screws, although I did manage to do it manually without too much bother

The Powerwash comes with different attachments: a trigger handle (you pull the trigger and the water jets out); a patio scrubber; and a couple of brush attachments for cleaning cars, garden furniture, and delicate areas.

tip: make sure you add the lance to the trigger handle. I didn’t read the instructions properly and left it off at first. Without the lance, you end up with a jet of water not much more powerful than a regular hose.

You need a garden hose, with proper attachments at both ends, for the Powerwash to work. Some of the attachments were a little stiff to put together, but the instructions were clear and it didn’t take long. Once assembled (with the patio scrubber attachment), it looked like this:

Vax Powerwash 2200w

The attachment for scrubbing the patio lifted a lot of the dirt that had settled over the winter. The only slight hitch was that, once lifted, the dirt had nowhere to go. You need to switch to the lance attachment, to create a strong jet of water to blast the loose dirt somewhere away from the patio – into a drain, or onto a lawn.

tip: make sure you have somewhere for the dirt to go. Bear in mind that, if your patio is particularly dirty, the Powerwash might dislodge small stones and pebbles, which could clog up a drain

Once I’d figured out that I needed to add the lance to the trigger handle, I was amazed at how powerful that jet of water was. It was so strong I was pushed backwards by the force of it hitting the patio, and had to lean forward to keep myself stable. Although it looks fun, it is not something to let the kids get their hands on….

The Vax Powerwash 2200w did the trick. Here are the after-shots, which you can compare with the ones at the top of this post:

patio

patio

All clean and ready for our barbecue. Now (apart from sorting out some of the paintwork on our wall and garden fence) all we need to do is wash the car ready for our next trip. I’ll post about that soon.

The Vax Powerwash 2200w pressure washer currently retails at around £109.99. We were sent one for the purpose of this review.

15 Comments

  • Nichola - Globalmouse
    April 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Oh I so need one of these, our patio is in a really bad shape! That’s a great price for one too…

    Reply
    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

      It’s very reasonable, I think.

      Reply
  • Erica Price
    April 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    We have very similar patio paving to you. It might even be identical and we could do with doing this. I daren’t mention the driveway that has been neglected a good long while.

    Reply
    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

      If it is the same, we were a bit concerned about how it would look a few months after installation-the slabs are so light. They’ve come up good as new, though.

      Reply
  • Mookie Moo
    April 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    We live in a flat, so we don’t have much use for one of these. But I’m impressed with the result of your patio. It looks brand new again. 🙂 You must be so chuffed.

    Mookieslife 

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    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

      We are impressed-it’s just in time for barbecue season, hurrah!

      Reply
  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    April 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I love power washing the paving around our pool every year, it’s so satisfying seeing it change colour and scrub up good.

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    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

      It felt so good to be wielding that trigger handle! (-:

      Reply
  • Emma Raphael
    April 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    It has to be one of the most satisfying things to use! I never get a look in when it’s patio cleaning time! 🙂

    Reply
    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Ha ha D got excited when I gave him a go. I suspect he’ll be volunteering for the job next time….

      Reply
  • Healthier Mummy
    April 20, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Our patio is in a sorry state. We definitely need a machine like this to get ready for summer. Great review.

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    • Nell
      April 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

      It’s worth it I think. Makes such a difference.

      Reply
  • Nayna Kanabar
    April 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    This sounds like the perfect machine to clean up your patio. I would love to get one of these, our patio is in dire need for a pressure clean. I would love to see the results after using a machine like this.

    Reply
    • Nell
      April 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      You should do it – I’m so pleased we don’t have to see ours getting more and more dirty as the weeks go by!

      Reply
  • Vincent Fitzpatrick
    May 6, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    We have used this approximately 5 times and have so far replaced 3 of the small internal fuses which means taking the thing apart to get at the switch housing that covers the inline fuse. A real pain

    Reply

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