Cleaning is hard work, so we need all the help we can get. But maybe it would be way easier to go motivate yourself if you thought that it's not a chore but the most satisfying experience in the universe? Bored Panda has collected some before-and-after examples of wiping the dirt away, and they will make you take out the mop ASAP.

From professional high pressure cleaning machines to refurbishing old paintings, the people featured in this list certainly know how to handle a swab. Scroll down to check out the images and upvote your faves.

#1

Decided To Have Some Fun While Powerwashing My Dirty Driveway

Decided To Have Some Fun While Powerwashing My Dirty Driveway

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A S Koziol
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2 years ago

Leave this as it is!!!

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#2

New York Used To Be A Much Dirtier City Back When The Northeast Ran On Coal Plants

New York Used To Be A Much Dirtier City Back When The Northeast Ran On Coal Plants

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
2 years ago

This is an album cover right here!

jamie1707
Community Member
2 years ago

Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti

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Cookie
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine the lungs of people there!

Sykz
Community Member
2 years ago

How do we still think coal plants and car fumes are okay??

Jakob O'Connell
Community Member
2 years ago

We don't

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Char Nydegger
Community Member
2 years ago

And coal usage is being supported again.

Sale Boat
Community Member
2 years ago

Coal plants with no air filters. Coal plants these days emit zero smoke.

Jack Nolan
Community Member
2 years ago

No, they emit the most soot and smoke out of any power station. Burning coal produces smoke and there is no way to stop that

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Elizabeth Scarborough
Community Member
2 years ago

Clean coal my arse

Iwona Milewska
Community Member
2 years ago

The brick detail on this facade is so beautiful! Love the round arches and the lintel decoration!

Maggie Dougherty
Community Member
2 years ago

HOLY CRAP!!! I certainly was taken aback!! I can't imagine how long it would take to finish, something of that magnitude!! All the windows would have to done, everything!!!Again holy crap!!

Helen Coyle
Community Member
2 years ago

The did this in Glasgow Scotland, way back and it looked fab, well done New York. Great work

Susanna Vesna
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine the lungs of people who lived at that time!

Sunny San Diego
Community Member
2 years ago

Mama Mia, what a difference!

Coffee & Cake
Community Member
2 years ago

Is anyone going to say "clean coal"? Am I first?!!

Kim Crook
Community Member
2 years ago

That is what comes out of my nose from a trip on the London Underground !

Dianne Wilson
Community Member
2 years ago

this is exactly why its important to stop using Coal Fired power !!

Terri McGoldrick
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW. Now how about those lungs?!

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

Coal is a filthy fuel.

Mary Haynes
Community Member
2 years ago

clean coal??????

Bored Office Girl
Community Member
2 years ago

The dark part still looks cool though.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

They cleaned up some buildings in my city a few years ago, the ones located by heavy trafficed roads... The difference was similar to this pic. THey should clean more often :D

Marty Sunderland
Community Member
2 years ago

djt's clean beautiful coal...

Nathalie Hidalgo
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg imagine the lungs!

Laura
Community Member
2 years ago

ravenclaw, yes it is, thats funny! But omg seriously , that dirty?? WOW

Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

I was in London when they were doing this. Brown building, turn the corner and it was white. Amazing.

d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
2 years ago

I CHOKED ON MY BEANS ON TOAST THIS IS FREAKING INCREDIBLE

Jill Cannell
Community Member
2 months ago

Fab

Fiona Corby
Community Member
2 months ago

You don’t think vehicle pollution has anything to do with it?

Corina Alvarez Loeblich
Community Member
2 years ago

picture this: you're breathing that shit

Sue Brettell
Community Member
2 years ago

Buildings were heated with coal. That’s what most of this is from...you can still see the round coal shute lids in the sidewalks...

Curtis Edward Clark
Community Member
2 years ago

If our economy had been allowed to go on as it was, "the way of Obama", then forty years from now, if all other things remained the same, we could say this of scenes like that coal soot, or like the rotting buildings in Detroit: "The clouds and the shafts of skyscrapers against them were turning brown, like an old painting in oil, the color of a fading masterpiece. Long streaks of grime ran from under the pinnacles down the slender, soot-eaten walls. High on the side of a tower there was a crack in the shape of a motionless lightning, the length of ten stories. A jagged object cut the sky above the roofs; it was half a spire, still holding the glow of the sunset; the gold leaf had long since peeled off the other half. The glow was red and still, like the reflection of a fire: not an active fire, but a dying one which it is too late to stop. "[ ] there was nothing disturbing in the sight of the city. It looked as it had always looked." Ayn Rand

Janet Lambert
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow..

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

"We are proud of what we're doing and we can only work so fast please be patient".

varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

Great advertisement for the business

Gloria Hafner
Community Member
2 years ago

ha ha "clean coal" ha ha ha~

Elsie Collins
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!! Amazing what a little steam and cleaning chemicals will do!! Maybe they'll find Jimmy Hoffa!!

Alvin J Frazier
Community Member
2 years ago

wow, such an extreme change

Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, WOW!

Ross Rebbeck
Community Member
2 years ago

As a retired bricklayer this picture delights me :)

Linda Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW, what a difference a little spray washing accomplishes

Wayne Henry
Community Member
2 years ago

Headed for the Ocean.

Michael Lynch
Community Member
2 years ago

Removing the Physical Graffiti . :)

Kevin Camp
Community Member
2 years ago

It still looks like that.

Susan Forbes
Community Member
2 years ago

Whoa.

Edy Eko
Community Member
2 years ago

I see beauty in grim looking city, reminds me of gotham

Sato E
Community Member
2 years ago

wow the difference!

Caleb Paulson
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me a bit of de Blob

Maria K
Community Member
2 years ago

This is definitely my favorite one. <3

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

They did this n various places in Scotland years ago, unfortunately the process damaged the stone and the soot had provided weatherproofing - once it was gone the stone weathered more quickly and led to expensive restoration work down the line.

Chris Miilu
Community Member
2 years ago

Coal smoke damage to lungs doesn't lend itself to restoration. Perhaps the NHS could weigh in with a cost benefit analysis?

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Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
2 years ago

I think sooty walls look better :|

Caleb Sogge
Community Member
2 years ago

Pollution is a b****

Daniel Forsberg
Community Member
2 years ago

Led Zeppelin :)

Joan Churton
Community Member
2 years ago

This is unreal. What a job, I do admit that I'm glad I'm not the one to have to clean this. Thanks guys. We do appreciate you.

Grumble o'Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

Leave the cover of Physical Graffiti alone or I am calling Jimmy!!

SillyPotato_Wolfhard
Community Member
2 years ago

Before and after pic of teeth whitening LMAO

Al Jarrell
Community Member
2 years ago

Acid rain does this also.

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

physical graffiti is an awesome album!

Nate Haggers
Community Member
2 years ago

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Looked better. You don't like black things (or people) do you?

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#3

My Wife Cleaned The Knobs Off Of The Old Cabinets In Our Basement

My Wife Cleaned The Knobs Off Of The Old Cabinets In Our Basement

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh wow.. These are beautiful. Who would have thought all that grime would be hiding so much detail!

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#4

2 Stages Of Hoarder House. You Would Have No Idea

2 Stages Of Hoarder House. You Would Have No Idea

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

I really admire the people who cleaned this space.

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#5

Got Transferred To A New McDonald's Store. First Thing I Did Was Scrub Their Vats

Got Transferred To A New McDonald's Store. First Thing I Did Was Scrub Their Vats

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Mark Smallman
Community Member
2 years ago

Mmmm, makes you wonder why they aren't that clean anyway?

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#6

I'm Ashamed To Admit That I Didn't Realize How Dirty This Swing Was Until My Wife Asked Me To Clean It. It's Not Painted Green, That's Just Years Of Gunk

I'm Ashamed To Admit That I Didn't Realize How Dirty This Swing Was Until My Wife Asked Me To Clean It. It's Not Painted Green, That's Just Years Of Gunk

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

Am I the only one who likes the left side better?

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#7

Our Cabin At The Lake

Our Cabin At The Lake

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Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, looks like a completely new house!

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#8

Algae - Algone

Algae - Algone

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Moo Jar
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a great cleaning job

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#9

This Church In Detroit Hasn't Been Cleaned Since It Was Built 134 Years Ago. I Always Thought The Stone Was Black

This Church In Detroit Hasn't Been Cleaned Since It Was Built 134 Years Ago. I Always Thought The Stone Was Black

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Alex K
Community Member
2 years ago

it was the air that was black

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#10

Cleaning Rust Off Metal With A Laser

Cleaning Rust Off Metal With A Laser

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Molly Tallmadge
Community Member
2 years ago

SATISFY

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#11

Marischal College In Aberdeen, The 2nd Largest Granite Building In The World, Has Been Cleaned. Before And After

Marischal College In Aberdeen, The 2nd Largest Granite Building In The World, Has Been Cleaned. Before And After

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LGI
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, that was worth doing! It looks brand new.

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#12

So After My Previous Washer Broke I Went Out And Bought A New One, Managed To Complete The Whole Backyard

So After My Previous Washer Broke I Went Out And Bought A New One, Managed To Complete The Whole Backyard

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, a dog appeared under the dirt.

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#13

Before And After Of A Playground Cleaned At Wirral School. The Difference Is Amazing

Before And After Of A Playground Cleaned At Wirral School. The Difference Is Amazing

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

awesome!

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#14

Trinity Abbey In My Hometown, Mid-Cleaning

Trinity Abbey In My Hometown, Mid-Cleaning

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

Gandalf the Grey went in the left door and emerged as Gandalf the White from the right door!

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#15

My Cousin Does Powerwashing For A Living. He Recently Posted This

My Cousin Does Powerwashing For A Living. He Recently Posted This

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

is he the new sheriff, coz he sure is cleaning up this town!

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#16

200 Years Of Varnish Removed From A Painting

200 Years Of Varnish Removed From A Painting

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
2 years ago

It's sad that someone managed to fuck up the Jesus painting. But they did great with this one!

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#17

Solina Damn In Poland

Solina Damn In Poland

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Wolfik
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful

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#18

Told The Wife The Floor Was Gross And Needed Cleaning. She Said We Don't Need To. Clean Half She Said And Let's See The Difference. Mission Accomplished (We Don't Have Tiled Floors)

Told The Wife The Floor Was Gross And Needed Cleaning. She Said We Don't Need To. Clean Half She Said And Let's See The Difference. Mission Accomplished (We Don't Have Tiled Floors)

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diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Could have cleaned the whole thing in a quarter of the time - someone clearly had nothing more constructive to do with their day - lol

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#19

Today I Power Washed A Running Track

Today I Power Washed A Running Track

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Peak25500
Community Member
2 years ago

This task will probably be a long race...

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#20

I Cleaned A Jetty Yesterday With A Power Washer. Hadn't Been Touched In Over 15 Years. Can't Believe The Difference It Made. Bonus Dog Pictures

I Cleaned A Jetty Yesterday With A Power Washer. Hadn't Been Touched In Over 15 Years. Can't Believe The Difference It Made. Bonus Dog Pictures

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, what a lovely bonus!

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#21

Walked By At Just The Right Time

Walked By At Just The Right Time

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ItsYaBoi
Community Member
2 years ago

This reminds me of 2 chess pieces

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#22

Cleaned For The First Time In 5 Years

Cleaned For The First Time In 5 Years

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Linda Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

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#23

Power Washing A Dirty Truck

Power Washing A Dirty Truck

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

When was the last time this was cleaned? 1922?

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#24

I Power Washed A Garden Bench The Wife Gave Me 16 Years Ago

I Power Washed A Garden Bench The Wife Gave Me 16 Years Ago

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A Little Light Arson
Community Member
2 years ago

Nuuu... Not the Lichen!

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#25

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

I can get no (sorry, I had to)

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#26

Nottingham City Looking A Little Brighter

Nottingham City Looking A Little Brighter

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The Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Apart from the chewing gum blobs.

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#27

The Power Washers Realised They Got The Wrong House, But At Least We Got A Free Sample

The Power Washers Realised They Got The Wrong House, But At Least We Got A Free Sample

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

they should write in the wall/steps/path 'to get us to finish the job contact 555-cleanthatshitup'

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#28

They're Power Washing The Fountain Stones At Work

They're Power Washing The Fountain Stones At Work

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

what happens when you turn them over?

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#29

Cleaning A Dirty Griddle

Cleaning A Dirty Griddle

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
2 years ago

Can I just sit here for a little while?

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#30

Before And After Bathroom Cleaning. The Power Washer Was My Arm

Before And After Bathroom Cleaning. The Power Washer Was My Arm

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

you got strong arms.

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#31

St. Patrick’s Unveils Its Immaculate Facelift

St. Patrick’s Unveils Its Immaculate Facelift

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Izzy S-B
Community Member
2 years ago

Was this one further up just mid-cleaning?

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#32

I Never Knew That The Building Was Nearly White

I Never Knew That The Building Was Nearly White

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stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

the world could be a brighter place if we just tidied it up

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#33

Boom

Boom

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Mikhail Malakhanov
Community Member
2 years ago

even the water seems to be clearer..

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#34

Built By Her Grandfather. I Thought It Was Just A Bad Stain. Had No Idea

Built By Her Grandfather. I Thought It Was Just A Bad Stain. Had No Idea

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Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

wow

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#35

My Favorite Building In Uppsala Is Going Through A Power Washing Makeover

My Favorite Building In Uppsala Is Going Through A Power Washing Makeover

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Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice

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#36

Scrubbed A Ceiling Rose Clean With A Toothbrush Whilst Renovating A House

Scrubbed A Ceiling Rose Clean With A Toothbrush Whilst Renovating A House

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A S Koziol
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for saving this!!

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#37

This Was Last Summer. My Pops Was So Impressed, He Went In Socks On And All

This Was Last Summer. My Pops Was So Impressed, He Went In Socks On And All

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C
Community Member
2 years ago

The socks make me uncomfortable!

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#38

Cleaning A Platinum Ring That Hasn't Been Cleaned For 20+ Years

Cleaning A Platinum Ring That Hasn't Been Cleaned For 20+ Years

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Randy Inbred
Community Member
2 years ago

If you put any metal jewellery in a wrapped up piece of tin foil with a big spoon of salt and then immerse in hot water it comes out really shiny!

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#39

My Brother Recently Bought His First House. This Was The Very First Thing I Did When I Saw His Back Yard

My Brother Recently Bought His First House. This Was The Very First Thing I Did When I Saw His Back Yard

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Samantha Bing
Community Member
2 years ago

You're an awesome brother

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#40

Just A Roof Being Cleaned

Just A Roof Being Cleaned

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
2 years ago

I watched this for wayyyyyy longer than I was supposed to.

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#41

My Shoes Before And After A Cleaning

My Shoes Before And After A Cleaning

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Leigh Allen
Community Member
2 years ago

Could he have been in the military? My husband cleaned all of our shoes while watching TV. Had a little kit.

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#42

Power Washed My Driveway After 5 Years Of Buildup

Power Washed My Driveway After 5 Years Of Buildup

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Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

how is it possible that the buildup is so black?

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#43

Chicago's National Building In The Middle Of A Facelift

Chicago's National Building In The Middle Of A Facelift

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elle woods
Community Member
2 years ago

*kisses fingers like an italian chef*

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#44

Tadaaa!

Tadaaa!

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Hewwo
Community Member
2 years ago

better, than ever

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#45

I Thought Our Roof Was Supposed To Be Black. Apparently Not

I Thought Our Roof Was Supposed To Be Black. Apparently Not

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Linda Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol, I guess not

#46

My All Time Favorite Power Wash. Grimy Swimming Pool

My All Time Favorite Power Wash. Grimy Swimming Pool

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Nini
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow. You annihilated a whole ecosystem here.

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#47

I Believe This Came Out Rather Nicely

I Believe This Came Out Rather Nicely

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mbergen
Community Member
2 years ago

I've never seen a driveway with a step before.

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#48

I’m Falling In Love With My Power Washer

I’m Falling In Love With My Power Washer

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Mark Smallman
Community Member
2 years ago

Ruined all the stone walls character :(

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#49

Probably My Favorite Thing To Use A Power Washer For

Probably My Favorite Thing To Use A Power Washer For

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ptm45
Community Member
2 years ago

look at that beast! whoa!

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#50

My First Go At Power Washing. I Think I’m Hooked

My First Go At Power Washing. I Think I’m Hooked

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Lee roberts
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought there was a dip in the grass under the mat at first.

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