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As I impatiently awaited the start of this year’s World Cup, I busied myself with a seriously overdue job.

While the sun beat down on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far in the OneandSeventy garden, I channelled my inner Daisy Duke and hooked up the jet washer – a much appreciated loan from friends.

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Channelling Daisy
(You’ll just have to take my word on the existence of denim shorts.
I would saved you from that eye-burning image!)

It was time to attack the decking.

The decking that had been left in the most awful state by the previous owners.

The decking that was the final straw of my moving day WTF moment, when I broke down in tears and wanted to retreat back to Kent.

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So there I am… decking cleared, jet washer rigged up, looking more Farmer Giles than Daisy Duke and I’m raring to go.

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Then pffft.

Now I’ve never used a jet washer before but REALLY? That’s what all the fuss is about? What on earth is that trickle supposed to do? My garden hose is more powerful than that!

So I ring my friend. “What am I doing wrong?” I ask. Is it supposed to be quite powerful?

“Yes”, she says. “Otherwise it wouldn’t work! Unravel the hose and make sure there are no kinks in it”.

Nope. Still nothing more than a gentle gush of water.

To prove it to myself, I disconnect the machine and use the hose on its own. Much better, but it’s still not doing much to dislodge years of ground-in dirt.

Well duh. It’s a garden hose!

Dejected and full of disappointment, I start to clear up. And that’s when I spot it.



Yes, dear reader. Although I’d plugged in the extension lead I’d forgotten to flick the switch.

What. A. Numpty!

As soon as I did, there was a sudden WHOOSH and the jet washer sprang into life. I re-connected the hose and that decking finally got what was coming to it.

How to clean decking - The World of Suzy Homemaker: | @SuzyHomemakerUK

What a clean-up job!

Well, the decking anyway. I was bloody filthy.

Three hours later and this was the result…

How to clean decking - The World of Suzy Homemaker: | @SuzyHomemakerUK

By way of a reminder, here’s the before and after…

How to clean decking - The World of Suzy Homemaker: | @SuzyHomemakerUK

Amazing, huh?

If, like me, you’ve never used a jet washer on your decking, here’s what to expect.


Jet Washing Top Tips:

  • Pick a warm day when there is no rain forecast – it’ll help to dry the decking. I recommend overcast, rather than full sun, so you can see what you’re doing. I missed a few spots, which I blame on doing the job in sunglasses.
  • Give yourself plenty of time! Whilst quicker than the alternative, it IS slow going (although quite therapeutic, truth be told) and it takes quite a while to remove all that slippery stuff. Do what I did… plug yourself in (to your music collection, not the mains!) and do a little decking dance!
  • Hold the nozzle close enough to remove the grime, but not so close as to splinter the wood
  • All that looking down at where you’re cleaning can give you serious neck ache
  • It can be a messy job. Wear wellies and remove anything within a fair radius that you don’t want to splattered with dirty water. Either that, or be prepared for a bit of clean up afterwards.
  • It is SO worth it!

While we still have good weather, I’ll be cracking open the stain. Then maybe, almost a year after moving in, I can finally get out our patio set!

Bring on the alfresco dining!

Beloved loves eating outside.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you discovered the joy of jet washing? Or do you have another method for cleaning your decking? Let me know, by dropping a comment below.

A hui hou,


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