Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the Honda 21-inch Variable Speed 4-in-1 Gas Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower we should point out that the model numbers HRX217VKA and HRX217K5VKA are used interchangeably by Honda to refer to this lawn mower and there do not appear to be any differences between the two. That said the best adjective to describe the HRX217VKA is powerful.
To clean it first start with a cool engine. If your mower has a fuel valve switch it off. If you can disconnect the spark plug too. Next use a leaf blower to blast away any old dirt and major debris. Now gently lay the mower on its side fuel cap facing up. Try to get rid of any junk on the mowers underside as well.
I know that many people prefer to hose their mowers down with a garden hose. I admit I have done it. Still doing that is risky. If water gets into the wiring air filter or engine you could really do some damage. Hand washing with damp rag is a drag but also your safest bet.