Rediscovering the Outside of Your Home: Tips for Getting Rid of Moss and Algae

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It’s half term and seeing as the school holidays are the only occasion that I get to have a little time off, I’ve asked one of my fabulous writer pals to write a guest post for me so that I can take a day off! Taylor Andrews is a homeowner with a passion for DIY tasks around home. He loves putting his skills and ideas to the test and sharing his experience with other homeowners via the blogosphere. So today’s blog post is all about breathing a new lease of life into your garden simply by cleaning up the mess – or should I say moss?!

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If you’re someone who likes to take care of their property, the first sight of moss and algae around the garden and outside of the house is often the catalyst for a call to action.

There are several good reasons why you will want to get rid of this unsightly invasion of your garden. When the sun’s shining you want to take advantage of the glorious weather by getting out in the garden. However gardening, barbecuing and entertaining becomes that little bit more difficult when your outside space is dominated by algae. For one thing it makes the place look a mess.

When your property is feeling off-colour

Weather conditions can sometimes conspire against us and create the opportunity for moss and algae to turn a nice clean area into a rather less attractive, off-colour one.

Rediscover the outside of your home by getting rid of these unsightly problems. Cleaning your decking or patio, garden furniture and brickwork will breathe new life into the area, making the place more attractive for your family and friends.

If you get a good pressure washer from a trusted brand such as, you should be able to tackle any moss or algae with ease. These tools are versatile, allowing you to clean everything from your patio to your garden furniture much more quickly and efficiently than scrubbing on your hands and knees.

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Preventing accidents

It is worth remembering that allowing your garden to become riddled with moss and algae can cause more problems than simply the way it looks. Moss can cause patios and decking to become slippery, creating a potential slip hazard. Blasting this issue away with a high pressure washer can help to ensure any accidents are kept to a minimum.

Aim to clean the affected surfaces as soon as possible, particularly if you have young kids running around or use the area for your barbecue.

Using your pressure washer

Tackling your dirty patio with a pressure washer can save you a lot of time compared with using a hosepipe and a wire brush. These tools are also extremely efficient, helping you conserve water.

Approach the affected area with your pressure washer primed and ready to go, working out what the optimum space between you and the surface is to remove the dirt and debris on outside walls.

Start from the top and rinse going downward, making sure you rinse each area thoroughly before moving on to another section.

To get the best results, take advantage of the variety of accessories and attachments available for your specific pressure washer model. For example, by using a patio cleaner attachment you will be able to clean your patio up to 5 times faster than using a conventional lance spray.

Your pressure washer is a good choice for washing away moss and algae, and gives you license to take back control of the outside of your home.

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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