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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky ( and very entertaining) daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or my gorgeous sister in law as part of our baby blog and occasionally we accept guest posts. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) and baby swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. We have been talking more and more about home improvements now the bad weather seems to be setting in and there are some jobs that are best done before the sleet and snow comes! The inside of the house is the place where things are most noticeable but what about those areas that you don't always think about?

    You may already know how useful a pressure washer is for making light work of some tough cleaning jobs, but is there any reason why you can’t also use it to remove dirt, moss and mould from your roof? I personally hadn't given it much though but apparently by just using a wider spray and start cleaning from a safe distance, you can gradually move in closer towards the roof so that you can clean the asphalt and shingles effectively. If you have a pressure washer like the ones you can get at, here is a look at what you need to know before you clean your roof with it.

    What’s on your roof?

    If you have an asphalt shingle roof then it is actually an excellent food source for organisms like lichen, mould, algae and mildew.

    This is because many of the asphalt shingles fitted these days contain a limestone filler which helps to add weight to the shingles and make the roof sturdier. This same limestone filler is on the menu for the algae, which will feed on it and unfortunately, degrade the quality of the roof over time and reduce its lifespan.

    Points to consider

    If you are going to be successful in your attempts to clear all the things like moss that are enjoying the free meal on your roof, you have to assess the state of your roof and see what needs to be done.

    In order to remove things like algae and lichen, the water pressure required will have to be more powerful than the pressure you are going to get from an ordinary garden hose. A pressure washer with a strong enough jet of water is perfect for the job, and pretty much the only way that you are going to successfully remove the offending organisms.

    The current state of your roof is an important consideration and you need to assess its condition before you make any attempts to clean your roof with your pressure washer. If your roof shingles are showing signs of damage or are clearly loose, you probably may want to re-consider using your pressure washer until you have had a roofer look at the roof, and repair any minor damage before you carry on with the cleaning.

    Say goodbye to algae and moss

    The answer to the original question is yes, pressure washers are fantastic tools for cleaning your roof and ridding it of some of that unsightly algae and moss.

    Moss on roof

    The key to making the job a successful one and getting the roof looking good again without causing any damage, is to proceed with caution and harness the power of your pressure washer but use a nozzle that allows you to get a “soft wash”.

    A garden hose doesn’t have enough pressure to shift the debris, but at the same time you don’t want to use the full power of your pressure washer and use a nozzle that projects a concentrated powerful spray of water in too small a radius. You can change the bar of your pressure washer by using nozzles that have a larger orifice, so look for the kits that allow you to do this.

    Using the right nozzle and taking a patient approach to cleaning your roof will often be the answer. Now you know another great application for using your pressure washer to keep your home looking in top shape.

    Finlay Jordan is a home maintenance professional and he has contributed towards putting this handy advice together. Always on call, he often blogs about common maintenance issues and questions from his clients to help other homeowners care for their houses.

    Now, let's hope for a spell of sunshine this Autumn, so we can get outside and get jetwashing!!

    This post is in collaboration with Karcher.

  2. The toddler has been showing some challenging behaviour this week and has been exerting a little defiance in her usually sunny diposition, none more so than at her swimming lessons!

    We all know that she has Nanny wrapped around her little finger (but I also remember Mum's discipline when I was a child so she stands no messing) but today's swimming lesson meant that there were times when she half heartedly did the strokes she was supposed to and others when she just said no.

    I know that at her age, she needs to test her boundaries, find the right levels and start to understand discipline, order and hopefully a little diplomacy but today, when Kate her swimming teacher  asked her to sit on a woggle in the pool today, she simply looked up and said "Oh Kate, you don't sit on a woggle, you sit on a sofa!"


    Nanny ended up swallowing a load of water through laughing and I think those diplomacy skills still need a little honing!

    Have your little ones said anything funny this week? The Wot So Funee linky is being hosted by Stressy Mummy, go and have a look at the posts linking up!

    Wot So Funee?


  3. Yes I did just say win a BMW!

    It may not be the 4 wheel saloon but it is the BMW Junior Bike worth a whopping £75.00.

    The Junior Bike's uber cool looks are based on the full-size BMW R 1100 GS, making it much more than your average tricycle. With its big, smooth-turning wheels the Junior Bike offers excellent handling for little ones. Its modular structure makes it easy to dismantle and transport and is suitable for children aged 3 to 5 years. 

    BMW Giveaway

    This would make the perfect gift for a little person this Christmas and would secure their place as the coolest kid in town!

    All you need to do is simply enter below:

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  4. We had a birthday party last week and it wasn't fuelled with sweets and soft play but instead we went to a farm party and the only thing it was fuelled by was the sweet scent of manure!

    The tween decided not to come (she had her own party at the same farm some 6 years ago, so it was clearly old news to her) but the little one relished in being able to feed all the animals herself.

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    She wasn't quite so struck on holding some of the chicks.

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    But was quite happy to stroke them in the basket (although we were asked to "stroke, not strangle the chicks" .... they must have known she was coming!)

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    And while she obviously missed her big sister, she made efforts to be brave. I think she may just be an adventurer after all!

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    Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall