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2014/12/27 17:55:26 (permalink)
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Power washer or steam washer?

I got my yard paved a year ago and it's at the point now where the flag stones need a good clean. Are these steam cleaners as good as they're made out to be or is an ordinary power washer just as good? What do people recommend?
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    Re: Power washer or steam washer? 2014/12/27 19:49:39 (permalink)
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     Pressure washer sure, but a steam washer for the garden? First I've heard of it.
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    Re: Power washer or steam washer? 2014/12/27 19:53:19 (permalink)
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    It's paved so they're flagstones. Not a blade of grass in sight.
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    Re: Power washer or steam washer? 2014/12/27 20:37:59 (permalink)
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    I think steam is mostly to remove stuff like dirty grease. Probably overkill to wash pavement, and steam washers are usually much more expensive.
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    Re: Power washer or steam washer? 2014/12/27 20:49:29 (permalink)
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    Pressure washer is the job for this IMO. Steam won't do feck all in an outdoor environment.
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    Re: 2014/12/27 20:54:49 (permalink)
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    I pressure washed my mono block drive way, big mistake now I have weeds coming out of everywhere oops
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    Re: 2014/12/27 20:59:59 (permalink)
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    How did the pressure washer cause weeds? How is it any different to heavy rainfall?
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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:11:50 (permalink)
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    How did the pressure washer cause weeds? How is it any different to heavy rainfall?


    It removed all the kiln dried sand between the blocks allowing weeds to grow...should've swept in  more once the drive way was fully dry.

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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:25:15 (permalink)
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    So how does someone wash their yard then?
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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:40:12 (permalink)
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    I heard before not to power wash mono block drive ways but stupidly I did it anyway, and u offered to do my neighbours so they matched. They looked good when done looked brand new much better than everyone else's until the weeds came.

    Neighbour is okay with it I did it for nothing, she just pulls the weeds out, I just leave mine cos I'm lazy
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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:42:33 (permalink)
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    If its flag stones with the filler in between each of them do not use a power hose, that stuff is very very soft and a power house will blast it right out.
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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:44:52 (permalink)
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    So how do you wash it if not with a pressure washer?
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    Re: 2014/12/27 21:51:35 (permalink)
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    I have a very expensive hot water pressured steam cleaner in my business, extremely powerful and expensive but is useless on paving, if i use it as a pressure washer which it also is capable of being its perfect. 
     
    If you have a hot water steam cleaner though they are great to use as weedkillers, the steam kills them down to the root but for cleaning a pressure washers the way to go.

     
     
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    Re: 2014/12/27 22:39:43 (permalink)
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    If its flag stones with the filler in between each of them do not use a power hose, that stuff is very very soft and a power house will blast it right out.




    No filler, they're pretty tightly fitted. Pressure washer it is then, sounds like steam isn't too effective.
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    Re: 2014/12/27 22:44:05 (permalink)
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    Youll want the hose connection that fires the water in a circular motion ( my Kersher one its like a small come on the end) really irritates the dirt off stone in half the time!
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    Re: 2014/12/27 23:00:36 (permalink)
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    My mono block looked like there was no gaps at all now it's weed city, I agree you need either the patio attachment for it or the the one that moves while in action. I have the patio brush on mine but I thought I'd save time not using it and fkd it up
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    Re: 2014/12/27 23:05:18 (permalink)
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    Tesco has a crazy deal on the Kersher K2 kit I got for forty quid, I paid 120 for decks sakes!
     
    Chris, roundup weed killer, use it right clears anything living right off.
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    Re: 2014/12/27 23:06:23 (permalink)
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    Cu3ed maybe kercher owns the patent to that, I have a nilfisk and never seen that attachment
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    Re: 2014/12/27 23:36:55 (permalink)
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    Cu3ed I'll tell the wife, I start the lawnmower for her so she can cut the grass that's how much I hate gardening.
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    Re: 2014/12/28 00:38:16 (permalink)
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    Yea, that's why I like Roundup stuff... springtime..... spray on them... then bugger off lol.
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