Power Washing for Rookies

Did anyone else’s sidewalks or patio look like this when spring rolled around?!  Yikes.


I’m embarrassed to even admit that after the snow melted, I was left with sidewalk stains that highlighted a washed-up doormat, ugly leaf prints (not the cute ones), and other gross stains that had me motivated to CLEAN my sidewalks ASAP!  bedroom_mirror_navy_headboard_bridget-4

So like any good DIY-er, I called my BFF over (thanks Casey… I owe you!!) and we got to work cleaning my sidewalks with a power washer.

bedroom_mirror_navy_headboard_bridget-19bedroom_mirror_navy_headboard_bridget-22Fast forward through the power washing experience: Now I want to power wash ALL the things because of the dramatic before & afters that this project created in such a short amount of time! I mean, check out these side by side spaces of pre-power washed surface vs. post-power washed surface. Can you even?! I knew I had stains on my sidewalk, but I didn’t realize how generally dirty they were outside of those stains until I started power washing. #ew

bedroom_mirror_navy_headboard_bridget-27And check out these before & after photos of our side stoop:zillow_powerwash_beforezillow_powerwash_after-4WHHAAAAATTTTTTT?!

1. How dramatic is the difference between the before & the after?!

2. Who knew power washing could get me this excited!? <— I think that means I’m officially old.

3. To see even more of my sidewalk transformation, check out this post over on Zillow’s blog. We wrote a Rookie Guide to Power Washing so our fellow rookies can get out there and start cleaning.

Now… serious question for those of you who have had experience power washing. What else have you successfully power washed?! I am not joking when I say that I want to power wash ALL THE THINGS so your suggestions and expertise are much appreciated. =)

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  • Kara D

    I love power washing! I’ve discovered how gratifying it was back in high school when my parents wanted me to clean a spot and I kept going down the entire driveway! Although, I left the spray on one spot too long and there’s a complete hole in the concrete the size of a quarter (it must have been a thin spot, I’m not sure?) that’s still there today – many years later, eek! That certainly taught me to keep the water-wand constantly moving!

    Oh and I also learned that bare feet are not as tough as concrete… *winces*

    • Haha YIKES!! However, I am happy to hear that I’m not the only one who loves power washing. haha You said it perfectly, it’s just so gratifying!!

  • Jennifer

    This is a very gratifying post and I now have power washing envy! 🙂

  • We had some neighborhood kids graffiti my parents’ 200 year old brick house one year with spray paint….Had to power wash the whole house so the brick would match all the way around! We had pros do it, and it looked amazing afterward, but there was an unfortunate mishap when they forgot to seal around the door on the balcony that goes in to my room—I woke up to powerwashing inside my room at 7 am one morning!
    XO, Jaclyn

    • Wow, that is so sad… but happy to hear your parents’ house looked amazing after being power washed. As for the water spraying in your bedroom at 7am, OH MY GOODNESS!! That is hilarious (and awful)!!

    • It was definitely a bummer! I ran out in my undies & t-shirt and yelled “You are FLOODING my room!!” and then realized I wasn’t dressed and ran back inside. 🙂

    • Hahaha who knew this story could get even better?! That’s awesome!

      Happy Monday! =)

  • Heather

    I love power washing! It is so gratifying! We try to do it twice a year and hit up the front and back patios, the house, car mats, the car, the shed, the patio furniture…if it can get wet, it is going to be PWed! Man, I think this weekend might be a good PW weekend! LOL

    • Eeek… I hope this post (and adding “power washing” onto this weekend’s to-do list) doesn’t get you in trouble around the house!! But GOOD LUCK! Worth the dramatic before & after every time. =)

  • Oh man. I’m so jealous. We’re not even allowed to was our cars in California. #isthedroughtoveryet???