The Honda HRX217VKA is at or near the top of all of the expert best lawn mower lists including Popular Mechanics Top Ten Reviews and Lawn Mower Review. The testers at Consumer Reports gave this model top ratings for handling bagging and mulching and “very good” ratings for ease of use and side discharging. Additionally the reviewer estimated the breakage rate by the fourth year of ownership to be 16% which is well below any of the other mowers they tested.
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.
Get out there and mow Now that you have done all that your mower should be ready to tackle the season in stride. It should run smoother and more safely too. Even better you have just saved the $200 to $300 fee it typically costs at least in my neck of the woods to have your lawn mower serviced professionally. So go on and get out there. That high grass needs cutting.