Washing Washing Power Washing…

by Chris on June 2, 2012

We had some people visiting last week, so it was time to go into “full cleaning mode” at JaG’s house. Let’s just say we got very little sleep, and we were very sore. We had hired a company to power wash our house and 3 minutes before his scheduled appointment (literally), he called to say that our house was too tall for him to wash. Uhhhh…huh?

Luckily, our friends came through and let us borrow their mega-powerful please don’t break it, clumsy husband pressure washer. Don’t worry—the grass got mowed and edged, too. :)

pressure washer

Sooo this part was easy enough. “This isn’t so bad” says naive husband.

power washing siding

This part, however? Not so easy. Needless to say, some of the top parts of the house went without the wash. It was either that or hear my fearless husband scream like a little girl. As much as I would have enjoyed that, I chose to spare the neighbors (and my husband’s reputation).

on the roof washing

The front wasn’t really that bad. The back on the other hand was vomit-inducing gross. What is that and why is it growing there??

power washing siding

But look at what it turned into after he was done! Amazing, right? I don’t know if you’re like me, but I could watch someone get a stain out for hours. It’s just such a cool process, right?

After power wash

You know who else could have watched it for hours? This guy. He was in his glory.


I have a feeling he would enjoy a personal mister every day of the week. Can you see him?


Here’s another little before and after for you. The power of power washing, eh?

before and after power wash

We didn’t stop at the house. Our little John Deere got a much-needed bath, and our deck got a good ol’ spray off.

John Deere

It’s not the least tedious job in the world, and if it gets below 70 degrees, it’s also not the warmest. Your lips may or may not turn purple, and you might begin shivering uncontrollably. Not that I’ve seen that. I’m just sayin’.



Kristen @ More Than Mulberriesn June 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Um, gross. And what WAS that growing on the house? FYI, our home in Vancouver, WA had siding (with stuff growing, like mold and other ickiness) and we were part of a class action lawsuit with the manufacturer. Which resulted in a nice little windfall. Just hoping that’s not what was there for you. I really appreciate all your efforts to clean up for me to visit you O – you are too kind. I like Egyptian cotton sheets and fresh flowers in my room ;) House looks great! – G

Bid June 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

white house… north side.. no sun… vinyl siding? same here!!!.. just copied your post and sent it to my husband with … “read this, do this.. soon” on the subject line.. he is at work…at 9:15pm… on a Saturday.. and i bought him what looks like that exact power washer two years ago.. um.. it’s time…and he also has John Deere… Thanks for this post.. :-)

It’s not lawsuit material.. just neglected husband duty…

Love your blog.. love that dog.. but can’t believe you dont have a slobber cozy or something for him in the house.. Your house is beautiful!

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

“Neglected husband duty”–Love that term! And yes…the joys of all those elements combined, right? Is a slobber cozy an actual thing??? Am I missing out on something, or should you invent that for us? :)

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Everytime I see your name on here, I KNOW it’s going to make me laugh. No pressure or anything… I had a hard time choosing between tulips and roses for you. Hope you like what I chose. Oh, and the mints on the pillows. SO good!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland June 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

We do this to our house each spring/summer too, but I have to watch how my husband goes about it — he’s ruined several of the screens on our windows & ripped them to shreds due to his excitement of the power behind the power washer! :) Love your house btw — gorgeous!

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Ok. That was funny, The Mom! I had my husband take the screens out because I KNEW that would happen. Now, however, they are sitting in our garage. I imagine it’ll be another couple of years before they go back in. :)

Whitney June 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Wow, I can’t believe what a difference it makes! It may be weird, but I love cleaning projects that give such drastic befores and afters. It makes doing them feel so worth while!

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Totally agree, Whitney! I could watch it all day!

Lorie June 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I love watching a good stain removal process too! And can I just say that I LOVE the exterior of your house!!! Bea-U-tiful!

Chris June 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

You are too kind, Lorie! Thanks so much!! Hey, will I see you at Haven??

Laura at Top This Top That June 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

good thing he did’nt wash you after the mower!! :)

Mik June 3, 2012 at 12:13 am

I just power washed our seven year old play structure so I could restain it. Unfortunately I didn’t have warm weather like you, as I live in Alaska and it was in the 50’s so it was a cold wet experience, but well worth it. Next, my decks! BTW amazing results on your house!

Susan June 3, 2012 at 12:37 am

I do LOVE power washing. There is no job where you feel such satisfaction and immediate results!

I also like having company…whatever it takes to get you to do things you need to do anyway. Chris, your house is gorgeous.

Barbara Grooms June 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Don’t you just love power washing! Especially when it’s the hubby up there. You guys really did a great job from the before and after pic. When Larry and I get the power washer out, I want to clean everything in sight. Mowers, chairs, driveway. He has to take it from me just to get me back in the house! Your place is beautiful. Doesn’t it make you feel great to get so much cleaned up? Guess I am a bit anal, but I love the satisfaction from a good scrubbing. Love ya Mom

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Agreed, Mom. I love it, and now we’re talking about getting a washer for ourselves. We were “washer happy” for a minute!

Barbara Grooms June 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Just a quick comment about the “SimplyFountains” web page you showed on your home page. I was looking at that site today, looking for a water feature in my back yard. How funny, like our heads are on the same wave lenght! Love it. Mom

Nicole June 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Funny! We’ve lived on our house for 7 years and just had it pressure washed for the first time last week. I couldn’t believe how good it looks! I’ve gone and sat on our concrete patio at least 10 times everyday and scolded any children that drop food from the table out there!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Nicole, I did the same thing on the walkway the other day! I went years without it clean, and now I’m obsessed! Too funny!

Joan June 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

did you use some kind of cleaner?? or just water?

Chris June 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

No cleaner, Joan. Just water.

Pine Tree Home June 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’ve been talking about power washing the same white siding on my house for the last two months. I just have to do it and stop talking about it.

Harris October 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

wow, difference is clearly seen by pressure washing…
its so simple …
not any risky….
will you send me estimation …

epw.powerwash December 12, 2012 at 11:30 am


My hats off to your husband. I have done that work and it is hard, and extremely dangerous.

You have got a good one.

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