A few years ago, I might've called my hobby of going through before-and-after power washing pics my guilty pleasure. But now? Not so much. I need a more accurate term; this seemingly mundane activity has become the king of the 'oddly satisfying' genre. A sort of internet culture mainstream, if you will.
I'd like Bored Panda to take some credit for it, after all, we've shown how much pleasure cleaning can bring numerous times (for example, here, here, and here). But this time, we're mostly just the middlemen, and the majority of the praise should go to this subreddit.
With that being said, we did scroll through its posts far and wide to select the very best this online community has to offer, and believe me, when you're talking about 1.135 million power washing aficionados, there's plenty of content to scour through. From forgotten benches to neglected patios, and old town squares, here are some of the best pictures we've found!
Power Washed Birds, Butterflies, And Flowers On A Dirty Driveways (By Dianna Wood)
He was kind enough to tell us all about his job.
"The worst gardens we deal with are gardens without drainage, as we use quite a lot of water and without drainage floods the whole area," he explained.
However, Stephen noted that they’ve overcome this problem by bringing in a new piece of equipment, so it’s no longer much of an issue. There are other challenges that power washers like Stephen face, though. Issues that garden owners can help overcome with a bit of foresight.
Photographer Uses A Pressure Washer To Create A Beautiful Mural On His Driveway
Rescued An Old Rotten Outdoor Table (Pressure Wash, Dry, Sand, Oil)
My Nan And Grandad's Patio Hasn’t Been Washed In Probably Over 30 Years. I’m 22 And Had No Idea It Was Colored. They Decide To Wash It Today And We’re Shocked
"Other issues we have with gardens are the ones with weeds that haven't been taken care of in a long time," the power washing expert shared with Bored Panda. "What we do in these situations is we use an eco-friendly weedkiller, let that go to work, then come back a few days later to power wash."
Stephen also said that business has been OK and the pandemic hasn't messed up things for him too much.
“For us, it's actually good that most people are at home and we can get to work with them being in the house,” he noted.
Cleaned Up Years Worth Of Overgrowth On Walkway At My Parents. Two Hours Well Spent
Power Washing A Whole Block In Poland
The pressure washing industry began in the late 1920s, but back then consumer products were not even remotely in the conversation. It was all about starting a business and making a living. But almost 100 years later, in 2014, and you'll find them in about 15 percent of American home garages and workshops.
This change may have been accelerated by the 'Do-It-Yourself' movement when home renovation and improvement shows have created a continent of consumers eager to tackle 'DIY' projects.
In addition to knocking down walls, learning to install floor tiles, and a myriad of other projects, people are pressure washing their houses, decks, fences... For about $150, almost anyone can be the proud owner of a pressure washer from a big box store. Whether or not the machine can actually clean anything is another different story.