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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.