It’s at this time of year that I start to think about all the jobs that need doing on the outside of the house, and especially cleaning. I have never been a fan of washing cars, windows and walls so had often wondered if a pressure washer might be the answer.
The Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer is available from Homebase RRP £99.99 and currently £10 off making it great value at £89.99. We decided to buy the car brush too so that we could use the washer on my soft top car roof. I was surprised at the range of different types of pressure washers at Homebase with everything from value models at less than £30 right up to industrial petrol models at £500. We chose Karcher as I had read some great reviews on their products and knew they would be up to the job. We soon found the model we wanted at our local Homebase, and were pleased that there were plenty in stock. We were even offered an extended warranty at the till which would have meant that Homebase would automatically replace the Karcher Pressure washer if anything went wrong. The boy and Dragon Dad were both far to excited about our purchase so it was straight home to try it out.
I was impressed with the Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer from the minute we opened the box, the instructions were easy, and very minimal assembly was needed. The hose and handle were easy to attach, and with all the bits you need it took less than 5 minutes and we were ready to go. We headed outside to check that I had the right hose attachments, and once the extension cable had been run out from the garage we were set to go.
The boy of course wanted first try, I showed him which order to turn everything on. Water first then the Karcher Pressure Washer, then the trigger. This pressure washer was so easy to use, and the boy soon got the hang practicing on the algae around the side of the house. The Karcher K2 Compact Pressure washer comes with different attachments one for walls, a Lance, and dirt-blaster. We found the standard lance was ideal for a range of jobs, it made an easy job of my front window. This is the one that seems to get the most of the salty sea air, and cobwebs.
The Karcher K2 Compact Pressure washer was powerful enough for cleaning the soffits, and facia’s across the house, and the boy enjoyed blasting the concrete and weeds. Dad Dragons car was finished in minutes, and looked lovely and clean even the wheels. I love that the washer turns off when not in use so it doesn’t end up deafening you by being on constantly. I didn’t have a problem moving the unit as its so light, and with a cable length of 5m and hose length of 4m, found it didn’t need much moving about. Another great feature of the Karcher Compact Pressure washer is that you can run it off a water-butt, this would be a very useful way to save water and keep costs down.
The compact design means it fits away in the corner of the garage, and my only thought would be that it would have been good to have somewhere to wrap the electric cable round the unit when not in use. Overall I’m very pleased with the Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer as it will come in useful for cleaning the conservatory which has got very green over the winter, and hopefully will make our patios sparkle again!
- The Karcher K2 Compact Home Pressure Washer is small and lightweight for occasional light tasks and comes complete with patio cleaner and a detergent package.
- Length of cable: 5m.
- Length of hose: 4m.
- Features: Cable and hose hook, water inlet filter, lance and trigger storage facility, and detergent suction tube.
- Safety details: Automatic safety cut off.
- Usage: Ideal for cleaning small patios and decking as well as garden furniture, bicycles, cars and motorbikes.
- Wattage: 1400W.
- Portability: Portable.
- Maximum water pressure: 110 bar.
- Rated flow: 360.
- Includes: One way lance, dirtblaster, T50 T-racer patio cleaner, patio and deck detergent pouch.
- Guarantee: 2 years.
Disclaimer, in collaboration with Homebase.
Please note that the Karcher Pressure washer is not a toy, and that the boy who is aged 9 was supervised at all times while using the washer. It is advisable to consider wearing safety goggles while using a pressure washer as it can kick up stones and dirt towards your eyes.