There’s no doubt that pressure washing the drive is a satisfying job to do but it’s also messy and hard work. The last time I did our drive I was pregnant with Ben so we’re talking somewhere in the region of nine years ago . . . I remember being surprised to discover that my drive wasn’t actually all one colour and in fact, underneath all the dirt and grime, there was a pattern of pink and grey block work!
Fast forward almost a decade and there was definitely no visible pattern on my drive – our block work has actually been completely relayed after several years of building work but it remained filthy. At the front of the house it was just grubby from years of use and of course being a building site, whereas at the back of the house it was green and mossy. This is an issue every year – I’ve tried weed killer, washing powder and scrubbing brushes, but it remains resolutely green & slippy. We did borrow a pressure washer from my Dad a couple of years ago only to discover that our kitchen tap was a funny shape and we couldn’t attach the hose to it. Our outside tap had been disconnected years before due to pure water pressure (though sorting this out is on Dave’s never-ending to do list!) It’s one of those jobs that has just been left – it was too much hassle to actually sort it out and not really at the top of my priorities list.
I was more than happy to hand the task of pressure washing our drive to Fantastic Services – I actually asked them to do all the block work at the front of the house, down the side and also into the back as well as the concrete panels at the bottom of our fences. I was particularly keen to have them clean these at the back of the house as my neighbour is very sloppy with his paint work and over the years has dripped white paint and fence stain down our side of the fence (literally every single time he paints) – which whilst annoying is easily rectified by painting over it however the concrete panels are a difference matter and the unsightly spillages really get my back up!! My Dad had previously suggested that pressure washing should clean most of it off so I was excited to see what a difference the team at Fantastic Services could make.
The guys from Fantastic Services arrived bob on 9am as booked and were quick to get started. I showed them a choice of taps in our kitchen, utility and downstairs toilet but was told that they wouldn’t be able to use any of them – I panicked that the appointment had been a waste of time and that they wouldn’t be able to complete the job after all. As it turned out, in the absence of an appropriate tap, they just pulled out the dishwasher and fastened their equipment on there instead! Once they had their equipment set up I showed them what needed cleaning (as per my booking) and left them to it. The service took 4 hours in total – 4 hours which I spent working quietly in the house, 4 hours where I didn’t have to get filthy or break my back cleaning my driveway!
Pressure washing requires no detergent, the cleaning is done purely through the force of water hitting your driveway – it’s a filthy job as the muck is lifted from your path or fences and moved towards a drain. As such this means that in the process of cleaning your driveway or patio or whatever else you are cleaning, other things are likely to get dirty. I’m pleased to say that as much as possible the team from Fantastic Services cleaned up after themselves – cleaning my windows, wiping down the front and back doors and anywhere else that had got covered in general filth as they were working. That said, my fences, garage doors and walls were left with a fine coat of muck – this is something which is easily dealt with by brushing it once it was dry – something the guys from Fantastic Services wouldn’t have been able to do whilst it was still wet without just smearing it everywhere! The lawn also ended up pretty dirty as a result of a slow drain but this will sort itself out.
I couldn’t believe the difference – my drive was once again pink and clean and those concrete fence panels? Well they are by no means perfect but the difference is immense and I can’t stop looking out of the kitchen window at them! If I’m honest now that everything has dried, I think there are bits that would benefit from another going over – particularly the bottom of the fences or the back of the house where it was especially dirty and difficult to drain but realistically there are 100 times better than they were before. Unfortunately my garage doors have suffered at the hands of the pressure washer and some of the paint has been removed so they will have to be repainted this summer, some sections of fencing will also need re-staining where they’ve been caught by the water as you can see in the pictures. Pressure washing block work does remove all the sand between the blocks so it’s important that once everything is dry, you replace this with kiln dried sand (it fills in the gaps, keeping the blocks stable but still allowing for drainage) – this is top of our to do list over the coming week while the weather is still good
The cost of the pressure washing service from Fantastic Services was £138 and yes, I guess I could have invested that in a pressure washer and done it myself but honestly? Having someone else do it was just so much easier.
*The pressure washing service from Fantastic Services was provided free of charge as part of my ambassador role. This post contains affiliate links which means if you do book a service I might earn a small discount off my next service at no extra cost to you*