Pressure washers are great tools for winterizing your home and taking care of fall home projects before the weather turns cold. The experts at Briggs & Stratton’s (NYSE: BGG) offer six easy fall pressure washer cleaning projects to prepare homes for winter and make the next year’s spring cleaning season a breeze.
“Fall cleaning offers just as many benefits as its warm-weather counterpart,” said Dan Roche, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton’s Portable Power and Cleaning Systems. “Besides improving your home’s appearance, using a pressure washer for yard and home care can help keep mold and mildew from sitting on outdoor surfaces the entire winter, often causing costly repairs in the spring. Using a pressure washer also gives homeowners the ability to complete outdoor cleaning quickly and is more efficient and powerful than using a garden hose.”
This fall, grab a pressure washer to complete these simple outdoor cleanup tasks:
- Clean Outdoor Patio Furniture. Kick off fall cleaning by washing outdoor patio furniture before storing it indoors or covering it with plastic. Using a pressure washer will provide deeper cleaning than a garden hose and is quick and easy. Before moving furniture into storage, be sure to let them dry completely.
- Clean a Grill in Minutes. If you don’t grill during the winter, cleaning your grill with a pressure washer will help ensure it is ready to go when grilling season comes around again next spring. For propane grills, first disconnect the propane tank and move it away from the area. Disconnect any electric lines, prop up the hood and remove the grates. Treat the entire grill with a degreasing solution added to the pressure washer’s detergent tank, working from the bottom of the cart up to the grill bed. Let the detergent soak for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Be careful around gas hoses, connections, electrical components or heating elements. Using a general medium-pressure spray pattern, flush detergent and rinse away any residue, working from the top down. Let the grill dry thoroughly, then coat with a nonstick oil to help reduce future build up.
- Wash Outdoor Windows. There is a good chance that windows have accumulated a coating of dust and grime over the summer. To keep the view from your home clear, use a pressure washer with high pressure to lift dirt, and high flow to wash it away. The high pressure and high flow capabilities of the Briggs & Stratton POWERflow+ make reaching second story windows and other high places easy without needing a ladder. Another option to increase reach is to add an extension wand or to use a 2nd Story Nozzle Kit designed to propel soap and water greater distances than normal pressure washer nozzles. Pressure washing exterior windows will make long winter days a little brighter.
- Power Washing a Deck. While it sounds like a big chore, using a pressure washer to ensure the deck is free of mold and debris is one of the fall projects that is simple and easy to complete. A thorough clean also will serve to prepare your deck for weatherproofing with a stain or sealant before winter hits.
- Tackle Gutter Cleaning. When it comes to winterizing your home, don’t forget about your gutters. Making sure they are free from leaves and debris could save a major headache down the road. Clogged gutters could cause water damage to the roof, which is much more expensive to replace than spending a couple of hours cleaning them out.
- Clean Garden Tools & Yard Care Products. When it comes time to put away garden tools and yard care products for the season, don’t just shove them into the garage or shed. Clean them up by pressure washing and wiping them down to remove dirt and debris. To keep them from rusting over the winter, apply a light layer of oil to them.
To switch between jobs more efficiently, consider a unit that offers more versatility. For example, The POWERflow+ model from Briggs & Stratton has a high pressure mode – ideal for cleaning tough grime – and a high flow mode which is ideal for extended reach, power soaping, power rinsing and delicate surfaces.
For more outdoor fall cleaning tips, and for resources on choosing a pressure washer right for your home’s needs, visit www.briggsandstratton.com