The first glimmer of a daffodil and I start to panic! It’s not that I don’t like the beautiful blooms clearing the way for spring. Far from it in fact, it’s the national flower of my family’s birth country and for years I’d proudly march into primary school wearing my daff on the 1st March.
It’s just that along with the sea of yellow that beckons me from my winter hibernation comes a stark reminder that I need to sort out the garden. Spread over 4 terraces, it’s a tricky one to manage and our decking has suffered a little neglect since the toddler’s arrival having been pushed to the bottom of the to-do list over and over again.
But as the saying goes, you need the right tools for the job and that’s exactly what we had this weekend in the shape of the Nilfisk PowerGrip Pressure Washer. It’s quite a therapeutic job seeing the dirt lift before your very eyes with the bonus of not having to use chemicals. (Although there is an option to attach a detergent bottle to create a foam sprayer.)
We tested out our washer using the water butt feeder option which is a really handy way of using recycled water and rather unsurprisingly, ours was full from an unbelievably wet winter. Pressure washers do use a vast amount of water though and I soon found that to clean up our deck and the garden steps, it needed quite a lot of refilling.( It does attach to a garden hose though too)
You can adjust the pressure using the hand sprayer so on areas of the garden walls, which I didn’t want to damage the paint work, this was taken down a few notches to a midway point But the real test for this feature was using it on my all terrain Mountain Buggy air filled tyres. I was quite nervous, if I’m honest, as I didn’t want to damage any part of my trusty work horse pushchair and a puncture was really not on my wish list so I took the pressure down to the lowest point and started on the foot rest which harboured ground in dirt.
Once I was confident that it wasn’t going to pierce any tyres, I gave the wheels a try with a little more pressure to really get into the nook and crannies. And it worked (phew!) This is one item where I would much rather stick to cleaning minus any chemical products so to be able to bring it up to new with a squirt (that’s probably a little of an understatement, I know) of water is brilliant.
I honestly wouldn’t have ever considered using a pressure washer on anything other than a deck for fear of damage but after being tasked by Nilfisk to give it a go I’ve no hesitation on using it to clean our bikes and car.
And I’m sure I won’t have to wait long to get the water butt up to maximum capacity!
I was sent the Nilfisk Powergrip Pressure Washer for the purpose of this review, all words and photography are my own.