[ this is a sponsored post. a big thank you to Ryobi for collaborating with The Thome Home!]
Spring cleaning did not go completely as planned for us this time around. It is officially our first full year lived in this home and we have come to learn a lot about our outdoor areas. Truth is, it’s a mess!
With mature trees surrounding us and landscaping that had not been touched in years we had to roll up our sleeves over the past 12 months and figure it all out bit by bit.
We were over the moon excited when RYOBI wanted to collaborate with us! Truly it is like hitting the blogger jackpot when companies you could only dream about working with give you a shot. We were given a 1600 psi Electric Pressure Washer to try out and this past weekend I was bitten by the power washer bug.
Not to worry, no need to go to the doctor, this bug can be cured by plugging this machine in and letting it rip its glory onto everything that is covered in filth around you. Which in our front and backyard, it is everything. Get to power washing and you’ll soon realize that the bug you’ve caught is a great one to have.
This compact beauty is a power house. Not only was it a cinch to put together, I was thrilled to find that the electric cord provides quite enough stretch to not have to constantly be picking up the power washer.
Are you ready for what our porch looked like just a few days ago?
Fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to summer, this porch and chairs were covered in every ounce of debris it could attract. Stuck like glue, I knew it would take a lot more than some hose action to get it as clean as I need it to be.
I expected the trex decking to be filthy, but much to my surprise when I “rinsed” off the siding it was like a mud slide coming down each piece of siding.
Not only did Owen dress himself the other afternoon (is it obvious?) this power washer was so easy to use that even a 4 year old could do it. He was thrilled to use the “jelly gun” – (from Despicable Me) and I have to admit it was really fun watching them help. It truly does not feel like work, this piece of equipment is actually fun to use!
Here is a shot of what it looked like when I power washed a few pieces of decking and left the others as is …
Crazy right?! I could tell it was SO dirty, but after all was said and done the entire front porch looked a different color. I was one happy girl.
Now, thanks to Ryobi, we have a squeaky clean front porch that is ready to be enjoyed all summer long. Of course I could not help but pick up a few pillows to accent the space even more.
Look at the difference! Duke is digging hanging out on the porch with me during the day, while Olive gives her glare of jealousy through the glass.
We are totally impressed with the 1600 psi Electric Power Washer, and cannot wait to use it in other places outside!
Dan – if you are scrolling through this I know what you are thinking. We need to paint our house, stat. One thing at a time babe, one thing at a time.
The pillows were found at HomeGoods + the Laterns are from Kohls.
I could not be more pleased with the results. The easiest assembly, the thrill of power washing and enjoying the finished product!
Thanks Ryobi, we have been big fans since our first house, and we are hooked for life!