If you don’t want to clean and stain your deck each and every year
look out the window and there it is. That extension of your home that has
been in a love hate battle with you for years. Every spring you spend a few
weekends on your wood deck trying to restore its beauty into something you
and your family enjoy. When its finished, you step back and enjoy the
fruits of your labor. Come the following spring, there it sits. The beast
that once again demands your attention. Every year the deck cleaning and
staining can become cumbersome. There is some light at the end of the
tunnel. You can make deck stain last much longer by using quality products
to cleanand seal it.
Like any good finish, the final deck finish results depend upon the
prep work you do first.
interior paint job looks good when you first clean the walls, sand the
imperfections, apply the primer and use a high quality paint. The same
process holds true for deck refinishing. The key is to use the right deck
cleaner first. Most products on the market contain bleach. Bleach damages
lignin causing the wood to age prematurely. The best prep involves using a
two step deck cleaning process. The first step should be to use a sodium percarbonate
based product. This will rid the wood of mold, dirt and grayed out
fibers. The second step is equally important. This step involves the use of
an acidic cleaner to pH balance the deck. This second step helps open the
pores of the wood and allows deck stains and sealers to “grab hold” for
longer lasting durability. There is a product called Restore-A-Deck that
comes in a kit with both of these steps. The nicest part about using a
specialty deck cleaning kit like this one is that you can get away with
just a light scrubbing instead of having to pressure wash the deck and risk
damage. That’s not to say you cannot or shouldn’t pressure wash a deck, you
just have to know what you are doing and educate yourself on technique.
Use a specialized contractor for pressure washing your deck
true cleaning contractor specializes in exterior cleaning and sealing.
Owning a pressure washer does not make one a professional any more than a
person that owns a hammer and table saw can automatically be called a
carpenter. The pressure washer is a single tool in the arsenal of a
pressure washing company.
every surface requires unique cleaners and technique, pressure washing
companies must be equipped with tools like surface cleaners, various
orifice nozzles and have a host of experience to determine the proper
course of cleaning without causing damage. Specialty cleaning and
restoration can require the use of dangerous acids and highly caustic
chemicals. A company truly dedicated to cleaning exterior surfaces will
carry a large amount of liability insurance and be trained in OSHA safety
techniques. There is absolutely a difference between serious, full time
cleaning companies and the handyman that uses a pressure washer.
paint from deck with a high pressure hose
wood deck with a pressure hose
cleaning removing paint, mold and stains
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